Workshops

Workshops at our Materials Center

Teaching Beyond the Square is excited to partner with Frances Stern in our Materials Center Workshop series, where we will go in-depth in discussing the role of materials in children’s learning experiences.

 
photo by Kristen Eno
 

Mathematical Thinking with Materials

Sunday, March 19th, 1:30 – 3:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

What kind of mathematical concepts are imbedded in children’s play with open-ended materials? And which mathematical ideas are accessible to each age group? In this workshop, Frances will bring her extensive expertise in math education to the Materials Center, and give us a different perspective on the role of open-ended materials in children’s learning experiences. We will learn from Frances how we can support children’s mathematical knowledge and confidence through play and exploration with found materials. We will come away with a deeper understanding of which mathematical ideas are accessible to young children, and the kind of appropriate language we can use to build the foundation for future mathematical understanding. Children’s engagement with materials can help them to begin to understand a variety of branches of mathematics, including spatial relations, geometry, measurement, logic and number sense. And it takes many exposures for children to make sense of mathematical concepts. We will discuss together how to implement and design classroom environments and activities to support this kind of learning.

Frances Stern has a master’s degree in mathematics and has been teaching math and math pedagogy for more than 30 years. Her work has included teaching graduate students in NYU’s Elementary Education program, mentoring teachers of struggling middle schools (through a New Visions for Public Schools NSF grant), at Central Park East I elementary school and at Hunter Elementary School. She has presented workshops for pre-k teachers, parents and caregivers at branches of the New York Public Library system. Her books, Adding Math, Subtracting Tension: A Guide to Raising Children Who Can Do Math, volume 1: pre-k to grade 2 and volume 2: grades 3 to 5 are published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, for whom she has spoken at national and regional conferences. Through the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences’ Center for Mathematical Talent, she created a Math Club curriculum and teaches it to elementary school students in an East Harlem after-school program where they can play with topics not usually encountered in the classroom.

Sunday, March 19th, 1:30 – 3:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

Workshop fee, includes a bag of materials to take home:
$35 non-members, $20 members
Number of participants: 20