This series draws on activities and moments from over 10 years of working with educators of young children. We believe that you have to understand what you are teaching to teach for understanding. Browse this collection of videos and articles to learn more about our research-based strategies for facilitating professional development in early math education.
January 18, 2021
Instructional coaching is central to the Collaborative's professional development efforts. There is a lot to learn from what works and what doesn't when it comes to early childhood coaching strategies, particularly when focused on the teaching of early mathematics.
Looking at a video from our Focus on the Child series, Collaborative member Donna Johnson leads a discussion about the mathematical thinking of a child during a comparison task. This is an example of how…
Collaborative member Donna Johnson leads teachers in a discussion about an activity designed to build number sense in a video from our Focus on the Lesson series. This is an example of how we use…
Early childhood teacher candidates engage in an adult learning activity that has them order and reorder objects by size according to different attributes.
Examining sets of unit blocks challenges educators to think about relationships of the blocks. A deeper understanding of the features of unit blocks empowers teachers to support children in ways that promote joyful math learning.
Books are a powerful way to launch math investigations with children, but also with adult learners. Our Learning Labs often use picture books as a doorway into mathematics. Here, teachers explore multiple representations of the number five in Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno.
Our Learning Labs open with greetings that serve the dual purpose of building a safe learning community while introducing a math topic in a fun, accessible way. Here, adults directly compare the lengths of paper strips as they mingle around the classroom to find an exact match.