As a parent, you do everything you can to help your child succeed in the classroom and beyond. Helping can mean shopping for school supplies, preparing nutritious meals, and helping with homework.
Sometimes, you may need a little help helping with homework. Since the curriculum is constantly evolving as a result of ongoing research into best practices in teaching and assessment, there is always something new to learn when it comes to each subject.
With this in mind, we have created a page on the Archdiocese of Hartford Catholic Schools website that hosts webinars covering trending and need-to-know topics aligned with our 20†20 Vision: An Eye on Our Future. There is no special software required to watch the webinars; just click on the title, sit back, let it download, and “attend.”
Currently our webinars focus on the math curriculum. While they are geared toward school administration, teachers, and staff, all of them reflect current mathematics instructional practices as well as valuable tips for improving math skills across grade and ability levels. Click here to find:
Turning Math Around in Elementary and Middle School: Designed for elementary and middle school principals, this webinar gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how the curriculum directors create a program that will optimize instructional time and allow all students to work up to their greatest potential.
Centering on Math Fluencies - Primary Elementary Grade Level: A first grade teacher shares her proven method of using centers for differentiation (teaching students of different learning abilities and styles) so that all students achieve mastery of fact fluency. In this webinar, she will show you how to help your child learn real-life math skills without the use of a text book.
Math in an Orderly Way - Intermediate/Middle School Grade Level: Confused about the order of operations in complex math problems? In this webinar, a middle school teacher presents tips on how to help you and your young learner remember the order of operations. Her approach focuses on the reasoning behind the order, based on the proven idea that a conceptual understanding enhances learning much more than pure memorization does.
Math Mats for Number Fluency and Math Units at Your Fingertips - Early Childhood: A kindergarten teacher describes activities that will keep students of all abilities engaged and learning when practicing numbers and counting fluency. Her Math Mats center can be performed in a classroom as well as at home.
Math Without Limits - Intermediate and Middle School Level: This resource features a middle school teacher presenting examples of how math skills can be used across the curriculum and even outside of the classroom. This webinar is a testament to how our curriculum provides students with the skills to face real-life challenges.
Building a Foundation of Multiplication - Intermediate Level & Elementary Level: A math expert presents this successful and engaging unit on breaking down the process of multiplication so that students can then build a strong foundation that will allow them to achieve higher skill levels in math. This method allows students to retain knowledge through understanding rather than the ineffective memorization of times tables.
For more tips on how you can continue to play a large role in the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford community and help your young learner reach his or her full academic potential, visit our other blogs, including “Reaching the Reluctant Reader” and “Religious Learning at Home.”