On Tuesday, September 16, twenty-three Pre-K teachers from the local area came together to learn about the PK Math Modules. Teachers were asked to revisit the PK math common core standards and look at the standards through the lens of Focus. Teachers focused on the major clusters- areas of intensive focus, where students need fluent understanding and application of the core concepts (approximately 70%). The teachers were introduced to supporting clusters and additional clusters. Teachers were asked to use the placemat as a guidance to inform instructional decisions regarding time and other resources spent on clusters of varying degrees of emphasis.
Teachers looked at the “A Story of the Units” curriculum overview. Teachers examined a series of lessons, looked at the curricular pacing and how to bridge gaps in prior knowledge and honoring the balance of rigor. While looking at the module overview, teachers read and reviewed key concepts, models and tools, and important vocabulary.
After looking at the module overview, teachers were asked to dive into a module lesson: Read the lesson, identify critical portions of concept development, consider classroom needs, refer to mid and end assessment, make adjustments and ensure rigorous balance. Once teachers had time to dive into the lessons embedded in the modules, key points were highlighted:
Next, teachers were introduced to the major cluster of Counting and Cardinality (PK-K) and Operations and Algebraic Thinking a little bit deeper. PK.CC and PK.OA are about understanding and using numbers. It begins with early counting and telling how many in one group of objects. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and division grow from these early roots. From the very beginning of school, this progression involves important ideas that are neither trivial nor obvious; these ideas need to be taught in ways that are interesting and engaging to young students.
The end of the workshop, teachers focused on instructional strategies for the ten-frame, number stories, number path, extending meaning, number towers, and the rekenrek. The next PK CLC is on February 10, 2015; the focus will be on math and ELA centers that are aligned to the CCLS.
By: Tessa Levitt, CA BOCES and Whitesville Central School, and Jillian Punam, CA BOCES and Olean City Schools