Does it feel like fewer and fewer students are entering your classroom with strong number sense and the ability to actually think through the math process?
Do you struggle to balance teaching the current math curriculum while also filling gaps from previous years?
You know your students and their math challenges, but you aren’t always sure why they are struggling−and how to adjust instruction.
You have questions about how to develop number sense and teach fact fluency strategies instead of just focusing on speed.
Imagine what it would feel like...
...for math to finally(!) be accessible to all of your students.
...to have number-sense-building routines in place that get results. No more late night online searches for last-minute resources and activities.
...to know the best practices for teaching fact fluency and number sense, even if students have learning challenges.
You want to build fact fluency & number sense but you have questions
Is it possible to build number sense without a lot of extra time or resources?
What about my math students who struggle with attention, memory and processing challenges or students who are grade levels behind?
Strong Math Foundations
“I could take the things on video and do them with my class the next day. And then hear the reaction of my students—both the fact that they seem to be getting a little deeper meaning and that they seem to enjoy math. They pick up the dice and go play PIG on their own during 'free time.'"
- Terry R, 4th Grade Teacher, Kentucky
Join Strong Math Foundations
Learn how to make big changes in the way your students think about & approach math, even if you are strapped for time.
Create a vibrant, positive math community, develop growth mindset & efficiently build fundamental math skills.
Support students in 1st-6th grade using adaptable assessments, number talks, math games & activities that will jumpstart your students' fact fluency & number sense.
“Maria had straightforward yet engaging techniques and games that taught my daughter fundamental ways to think about math. My daughter's confidence improved immensely and she is no longer overwhelmed at approaching math.
The skills Maria has imparted have made my daughter independent and successful at a subject that once before eluded her.”
- Deanne Detmers, Mom & Executive Director, Behavioral Intervention Association
Embed Growth Mindset into Your Classroom Culture
In Module 1, learn how to create a positive learning environment where growth mindset & math mindset are a built-in part of every day in your classroom.
What You Get:
Plus, I've added a bonus mini-course specifically for distance learning:
Learn How to Use Math Games to Assess Fact Fluency & Number Sense
In Module 2, we go beyond timed tests that only assess for speed and the right answer. Instead, learn how to examine fact fluency & number sense, so you know exactly where each student is in their math concept development and what that means for future instruction.
With increased fact fluency & number sense...
Students have a deeper understanding place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication & division and can solve problems flexibly & creatively.
Numbers are no longer abstract concepts.
Students readily make connections between concepts & use more-efficient mental math strategies when solving problems...even if it's a problem-type they have never seen before.
A stronger foundation means content is increasingly more accessible. New concepts will start “clicking” faster & faster.
You will spend less time redirecting & cajoling students.
But, most of all, students will start liking math class because they are engaged, making connections & finally understand what is happening!
"I had been looking for a practical and convenient way to get more PD. Maria has a wealth of knowledge and presents the material in a lively, straightforward style.
This was information I could use with my students right away."
- Stella, Educator
"Working with Maria made me more comfortable and confident doing math. I can now do all the little things that used to trip me up when I tried to solve problems."
- Ava, Former Student
(P.S. Ava is now studying computer science!)
Watch Number Talk Demos
Module 3 focuses on conducting effective number talks, the different types of number talks and what skills they build. Plus, the recorded live number talks with actual students allow you to see them in action!
Hi, I'm Maria. I have over 14 years experience in education, including over 8 years providing intensive math intervention. Along the way, I discovered that there is nothing I enjoy more than to turn math haters into math lovers through fun games, meaty number talks, and a positive math community. In addition to my working directly with students each week, I also present on topics related to math education to California Bay Area schools and parent groups.
You wish you could find the time to go back to the basics, but there is so much else to cover.
You want to make sure all your students have fact fluency & strong number sense…
…so they can access what you are teaching in class now & in the future.
Don't miss your chance to join Strong Math Foundations today!
How is this different from PD at my school, Teachers Pay Teachers resources or ideas from Pinterest?
👆 Convenient: Bridging the Distance is a collection of tools and resources in one place.
🙌 Cohesive & Deliberate: Go beyond downloading random activities from the Internet & praying they will engage your students.
✍️ Tried & Tested: I walk you through every step of a system that has worked for my students during online learning, many of whom have multiple learning challenges.
👍 Easy-to-Access & Revisit: Every resource and training video is available on-demand whenever you need it.
"During her time working with my daughter, Maria has been able to identify my daughter's challenge areas, structure a plan to overcome those challenges and provided my daughter with a roadmap for improvement. Not only has my daughter’s achievement dramatically improved, but she has adopted a growth mindset which bolsters her confidence when taking on academic challenges."
- Roxanne Christophe, Founder & CEO, Girls Crushing It