IMPORTANT NOTICE: This program is traditionally a face-to-face classroom training program, but the Summer/Fall 2020 Semester section will be held online as we prioritize distance learning in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). .
*Please note: Access to manipulatives and content shared will be altered to incorporate ideas for best practice in remote/virtual settings.
Students at the elementary level spend most of their math time developing an understanding for whole numbers and whole number operations. These understandings are the foundations for other mathematical ideas such as fractions and decimals.
Too many students leave the K-2 level with limited understanding of number composition as well as addition and subtraction. Many schools are facing this common issue, which leads to potentially larger gaps of mathematical understanding as students begin to explore multiplication and division in grades 3 through 5.
Participants in this session will explore some of the factors contributing to the lack of understanding in the primary grades. Additionally, participants will learn the progressions for developing number and operations in base 10, how these progressions and understandings can be used for immediate interventions, as well as how it impacts the understanding of fractions and decimals and other higher-level mathematical ideas in grades 3 through 6.
Jessica is the Mathematics Specialist for the Merrimack Valley School District which serves the communities of Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, and Webster, NH. She primarily works with the five elementary schools and middle school supporting teachers with the implementation of a more inquiry based approach by providing resources to support grade specific math curriculum, modeling lessons, and providing professional development opportunities for staff so that they can develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.
Prior to acquiring this position, Jessica graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School Math Education with a minor in Mathematics; she accepted a middle school position with Merrimack Valley Middle School in 1997. Jessica has taught grades 6, 7, and 8 at the middle school for seventeen years, coached the math team for ten years, and assumed a leadership role within the math department. During her time at Merrimack Valley Middle School, she earned her Masters of Education in Mathematics K-8 at Plymouth State University in 2004 as well as her certification as a math specialist in 2014.
In addition to attending many local math conferences, she has co-presented twice at the NHTM dine and discuss events and presented at the NHTM spring conference in 2016. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Richard C. Evans Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award in 2016. Her current professional memberships include NHTM and NCTM.