As a professional developer working with preschool teachers who have had few opportunities to engage in work with others on their teaching of mathematics, I have three main goals: (1) to support them to see their strengths as teachers, so they can draw upon them when teaching mathematics; (2) to provide opportunities to understand children’s mathematical thinking; and (3) to help them learn how to “do” the work of engaging students in understanding mathematics.
Professional Development: 1-2 Days
This overview is designed to engage practicing teachers for four to six hours over the course of a day or two.
- Begin with an opening Reflection about their strengths as teachers.
- Share the videos of Dr. Ginsburg talking about counting.
- Engage participants in Counting Small Collections (read about this here), an activity you hope they will do with students.
- Read Counting on Counting.
- Share videos of children’s mathematical thinking, such as Anna Counts and Ben Learns How to Count, and ask them what they notice.
- Try Counting for Adults.
- Return to the Counting Collections activities and see what they can take up from the work on learning about children’s mathematical thinking.
- Ask them to reflect on how what they are learning could be used in their own classrooms.