Series: About the Collaborative

Teaching Math to PreK-3 Students is Focus of Early Math Project

This article from Catalyst Chicago focuses on the Early Math Collaborative’s efforts to provide early math coaching to schools in need of support.

The wide-spanning Innovations Project puts the focus on teachers rather than students, as research shows that the teacher, more than any other variable, affects what children learn.

Through coaching, lesson study, and grade level meetings, the main goal of this project is to create a long-lasting cooperative mindset between teachers. By discussing lesson effectiveness, comparing student thinking, and sharing teaching strategies, teachers will begin to view their teaching beyond the boundaries of their own individual classrooms.

The project narrows its focus to look at math instruction specifically. Math is the subject that students tend to struggle with the most, and some of this stems from inconsistent beliefs about teaching math. Especially in preschool and kindergarten, sometimes math is even skipped over, as many believe that it is a lost cause to attempt to teach math to children at this age.

On the contrary, young children can grasp many fundamental math concepts if presented to them in a developmentally appropriate manner. Allowing children to experience math through exploration and through activities that resonate with their own personal experiences can help them make the connections they need.

Source: Catalyst Chicago • Copyright: Catalyst Chicago • Content ID: LINK043

More in the About the Collaborative series

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Creative Math Projects Engage Young Learners

The New York Times examines one of the creative math projects developed by the Early Math Collaborative. The article follows a teacher taking part in our in-person math coaching.

A Letter from the Director

We have exciting news to share: the Early Mathematics Education Project at Erikson Institute is now the Early Math Collaborative. Our new name illustrates Erikson’s ongoing commitment to supporting high-quality math education for young children—math education that is practical, rigorous, inclusive, culturally aware, and developmentally appropriate.

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