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Place Value, Number Sense, and Operations with Digi-Block: 10 PDPs!

Place Value, Number Sense, and Operations with Digi-Block:

A Hands-On Workshop for Teachers of Grades PreK – 4

Target Audience: Elementary classroom teachers and math coaches REGISTER
Course Description: Using the Digi-Block method for math instruction,
participants will explore ground-breaking techniques for teaching place value,
number sense, arithmetic operations, decimal concepts, and early algebraic
thinking. Sessions will be a combination of hands-on workshops and interactive
lectures and discussions. Participants will receive extensive training in the use of
Digi-Block manipulatives, an innovative physical model of the base-ten number
system. At the completion of the course, all participants will receive a free set of
classroom materials ($86 value).

Location:  Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Course Length: 10 hours (2 days for 5 hours each)
Cost:  $200 (includes $86 of classroom materials)
Continuing Education:  Earns 10 Professional Development Points (PDPs) through the Massachusetts Department of Education
Session 1 Dates: Tuesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 12
9am – 3pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Session 2 Dates: Saturday, August 4 and Saturday, August 11
9am – 3pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Exploring Base-10 with the Digi-Block Method: 10 PDPs!

Exploring Base-10 with the Digi-Block Method:

Tools for Remediation and Inspiration

Target Audience: District heads, math teachers and coaches teaching remedial REGISTER
concepts in grades 4-12, and community college instructors teaching review
courses.
Course Description: In this course, we will explore the Digi-Block method for math
education, using an innovative physical model of the base-10 number system. We will examine
the elegance and complexity of arithmetic operations, and identify how and why students develop
misconceptions that impede their later mathematical explorations. The method emphasizes the
use of logic and reasoning to appreciate the inherent beauty of mathematics. We will discuss:
effective techniques for remediation; specific common early mathematical misconceptions and
gaps in understanding; activities to motivate students to value mathematical reasoning over
algorithms or results; and exercises that will instill a love of mathematics and a renewed
confidence in math class. The sessions will be workshop style, with hands-on classroom
activities incorporated each day. Each participant will receive a free classroom starter set ($86
value).

Location:  Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
Course Length: 10 hours (2 days for 5 hours each)
Cost:  $200 (includes $86 of classroom materials)
Continuing Education:  Earns 10 Professional Development Points (PDPs) through the Massachusetts Department of Education
Session 1 Dates: Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 14
9am – 3pm (with 1 hour lunch break)
Session 2 Dates: Tuesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 2
9am – 3pm (with 1 hour lunch break)