MEME: Meaning-Making in Early Mathematics Education

Tuesday, July 10 - Friday, July 13 | MEME 2018 is four days of intensive, exciting early math exploration. This hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways you can improve early math instruction and will help make early math learning meaningful for both you and young children.

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Our Early Math Collaborative’s annual Summer Institute, Meaning-making in Early Mathematics Education (MEME), is open to teachers (preschool through kindergarten), school administrators, teacher assistants, classroom coaches, and teacher educators.

MEME

Registration ends June 10!

MEME 2018 is four days of intensive, exciting early math exploration. Led by instructors from Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, authors of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know, the event will be both challenging and fun. This hands-on professional development opportunity will delve deeply into practical ways you can improve early math instruction and will help make early math learning meaningful for both you and young children.

During the event, you will collaborate with colleagues and enjoy stimulating plenary sessions focused on developing a deep understanding of the Big Ideas — those central, coherent, generative, and developmentally appropriate concepts that are the foundation of all mathematics. You will work with other engaged adults in the beautiful Erikson Institute learning environment, and enjoy the wonderful food, shopping, and entertainment options Chicago has to offer.

Included as part of the institute are an opening reception the evening of Tuesday, July 10, and a fun group excursion in Chicago the evening of Wednesday, July 11. Food, beverages, and snacks will be served daily.

About the Institute

Each morning, participants will take part in a shared learning experience around the math of Sets, Early Number Sense, and the Foundations of Measurement before participating in two series of your choice in the afternoon.

Read below for a description of each series:

Supporting Teachers as Learners

Explore and prepare to lead teacher learning experiences that use a whole teacher approach, which parallels the whole child approach so important to early childhood. We will look at the importance of improving teachers’ positive attitudes and beliefs about math along with their conceptual understanding of both foundational mathematics and the developmental trajectory of children’s mathematical thinking. Gain highly effective strategies for facilitating adult learning.

Using Early Math Collaborative’s Resources for Professional Learning

Helping teachers shift their practice requires continuous, on-the-job professional development. These sessions will explore some of the many ways the Big Ideas book and the Early Math Collaborative website can be used as resources to strengthen teacher content knowledge and support the use of more effective teaching practices. Both facilitators and teachers are leaders when it comes to professional development, so whether you’re designing coursework, planning for a professional learning community (PLC), or doing a book study with colleagues, this track will support you in your work.

Building Big Ideas Through Block Play

Experience the power of using blocks to help children engage in thinking about Sets, Number Sense, and Measurement. Over three days, you will learn about the stages that children go through as they engage in block building and how best to support block play. Learn what rigorous play looks like.

Creating Classroom Connections

Apply the Big Ideas to classroom contexts where math can thrive: daily routines, games, and books. You will look at common practices through a mathematical lens and explore how to maximize the math learning around the classroom. Gain new ideas and ways to enhance what you are already doing.

Discovering the Power of Analyzing Children’s Work

Experience one way that formative assessment can guide your instructional choices and deepen your understanding of foundational mathematics. Over three days, we will introduce a process for ongoing collaboration that helps teachers choose rich activities, anticipate children’s responses, and analyze their work. This process promotes a greater understanding of a particular group of children plus a deepened sense of the general learning trajectory for early math concepts.

About our Wednesday Group Outing: The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise

Experience the “top tour in Chicago and one of the top ten tours in the U.S.” according to TripAdvisor users. The Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise is a must for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. CAF-certified volunteer tour guides—called docents—interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River. You’ll find out how Chicago grew from a small settlement into one of the world’s largest cities in less than 100 years. In 90 minutes, get the real story on Chicago architecture and its history. The best part? This cruise is only $12 for each of our guests!

What Is Included?

The fee includes all workshops and plenary sessions, breakfast each day, supplemental materials, and access to special online videos and materials after the event. Attendees will also receive a copy of Big Ideas in Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know and accompanying DVD as well as a packet of materials based on the content that is explored.

Who Should Attend?

Our Early Math Summer Institute, Meaning-making in Early Mathematics (MEME), is open to teachers (preschool through kindergarten), school administrators, teacher assistants, classroom coaches, and teacher educators.