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
 

How Materials Support Mathematical Thinking
in Children, ages 3-5

Sunday, November 5th 11:00AM – 1:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

Early childhood educators know that children's play is full of learning opportunities. In this workshop, Frances Stern 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'll learn which mathematical concepts are imbedded in children’s play with open-ended materials, and which mathematical ideas are accessible and appropriate for the age group. She will share strategies of 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 children ages 3 through 5 years, and learn the language we can use to build the foundation for future mathematical understanding. We will discuss together how to implement and design classroom environments and activities to support this kind of learning, and then shop for materials to bring back to our learning environments. 10lbs of materials are included in the registration fee, so remember to bring your own bag!

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, November 5th 11:00AM – 1:00PM
The Materials Center
197 East Broadway, Studio A

Workshop fee, includes a 10lb bag of materials to take home:
$35 non-members, $20 members
Number of participants: 20