# DMG Blog

## Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Workshops

17 May, 2012

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Workshops

Grade level workshops have been designed for grades K-3.

The workshops begin with an introduction to the eight practices that are to be integrated into the teaching of the grade level content.  The practices are introduced using teacher friendly language and using appropriate grade level examples and activities.  The practices are mentioned and used throughout the workshops.

All the standards are introduced with examples or activities.

DMG suggests having a workshop for each grade level since there are new standards at each grade level and not the repetition found in previous standards. We have combined grade one with grade two in the past.  This works but is not as effective as having them alone. There are new things at each grade level and it is difficult to get it all covered.

At the end of a grade level CCSSM workshop, teachers will know exactly what they are required to teach and they will have activities and resources to use.

Kindergarten

The standards are organized into the framework of word, quantity, symbol, and relationships. The practices are integrated into the content. Four types of situations for addition and subtraction are introduced.

The foundation for place and value is set with learning about the value of teen numbers as ten ones and some more.  First grade is the first time students begin to think of ten ones as one ten.

Number is the most important topic in kindergarten but there are standards for measurement, data and geometry, these are covered in the workshop.

The workshop covers developing understanding of addition and subtraction, place value, linear measurement and reasoning about attributes of, and composing and decomposing geometric shapes.  Time is spent on developing strategies for learning the basic facts using ten and double ten frames and solving word problems involving situations using mats. Strategies for adding within a hundred will be presented using algorithms based on place value and the empty number line. An eight step method for developing place value concepts will be presented. Resources used are the 99/100 board, grouping materials, small ten frames, place value mats and games.

The focus is on extending understanding of place value using an eight step method and hands on resources: 99/100 board, grouping materials, small ten frames, base ten blocks and place and value mats. Another focus is building fluency with addition and subtraction within a hundred and solving problems within 1000 using models such as number lines and pre-grouped materials.

Using standard units of measure and describing and analyzing shapes will be covered.

Focus is on developing understanding of multiplication and division, fractions, and the structure of rectangular arrays and of area, and describing and analyzing two- dimensional figures.

Strategies for learning basic facts for multiplication and division will be introduced along with an algorithm based on place and value.

The place value steps will be reviewed.  Resources used are base ten models, 99/100 Board, number lines, fraction models, and array models.

## National Conference in Philadelphia

23 April, 2012

Debra and I are off tomorrow to attend the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Conference.  We will be both presenting and exhibiting.  We are excited to share our knowledge with other teachers who have a passion to help children in their learning of mathematics.  We will have an e-workshop on Thursday where we will present all of our products to those who attend.  Friday, will be a gallery workshop where teachers will be working with our materials and will have the opportunity to take samples with them.  On Saturday, our focus will be on Place and Value with what we consider to be eight essential steps to helping teach place and value to young students.

If you are in Philadelphia, please stop by our booth (1040) and say hi.  We would love to chat about our assessment and materials we have produced to help the young student and those that struggle with math.

## OAEYC

21 April, 2012

Debra and I had a great three days at the Columbus Convention Center sharing our products with preschool teachers.  We now have mats to use with the Bears and Chairs.  We have created five different mats.  The first is a game to help young children with counting, one-to-one correspondence and cardinality.  We have a two-sided mat with five beds on one side and ten beds on the other.  Children take the bears and use them to place in the beds.  We are helping the young child see the relationship to five and ten.  Our second mat is a play mat that can be used to retell the story of "The Three Bears."  The next three mats were created so young children from pre-kindergarten through grade two can work on problem solving by acting out the story.  We have a cave, table and zoo mat.  These mats are two-sided and can be used to help students with all of the different types of addition and subtraction problems that are listed in the new Common Core Standards.

Check our product page to see what they look like.

We are off to Philadelphia next week to share our products with teachers who will be at the NCTM conference.

## Professional Development on Number Concepts and new Common Core

15 April, 2012

We have been very busy spreading the word about developing number concepts with the young student.  We have been doing either two or three day training sessions with make and take for the teacher so he or she can go back into the classroom with some tools to use.

We have also been in districts helping them learn about the new Common Core.  We have done a full day on the practices and another half day on the different types of problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We have also helped districts look at what is new to each grade level and what can be moved or eliminated.   This has been well received by the teachers.

If you have questions and/or are interested in knowing more about training, please email us for information.  dmg6@mac.com

## Quote from District Math Coach

24 February, 2012

How do you feel about the DMA assessments and interventions?

I am so pleased to have this wonderful tool as a resource in my district.  As a Math Coach and the leader of the Math RtI Committee for our district, I am looking for tools to help identify students who struggle with Mathematics and require Intervention.  Not only does this tool give us the ability to identify these students, but the Intervention Handbook then helps us to know how to remediate these students.  The price is very reasonable, and the materials are all there for me.  I don't have to pull from here and dig around to find what I need!  I have also been told by several of the Intervention Specialists that the DMA is a huge asset in the writing of IEP goals for their Special Education students since it pinpoints areas of improvement for these students.                                                                                                                                 ~ District Math Coach

## NCTM in St. Louis

23 September, 2011

October 26, 27, 28 and 29 we will have a booth at the Regional National Teachers of Mathematics conference in St. Louis.  Please stop by and say hi and take a look at the many products that we now have to help teachers instruct in their classrooms.  We will be presenting on Friday at 8:30 am. on the use of Bears and Chairs and our other products to help students learn the essential pre-number and early number concepts.  We are excited to be able to share our experiences and knowledge with you.

## New Products Now Available

08 July, 2011

DMG is pleased to announce the following new products to help teachers and home educators build the essential number concepts with their students.

Interactive Number Line

5 and 10 Frame Dry Erase Panels

10 and 20 Frame Dry Erase Panels

99/100 Dry Erase Panels

Bears and Chairs

Chairs for Bears

Red and Yellow Foam Counters

Pentominoes

Please visit the product section of this website to see pictures and a description of each of these products.

## Article Written about DMA

24 September, 2010

One of the teachers using the Developmental Math Assessment has written an article.  Please go to the site to see what she has to say:  http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/reviews/87002.aspx

## Giving the DMA

15 January, 2010

￼The Developmental Math Assessment is a classroom-based assessment. During the DMA, carefully developed and field-tested procedures, materials, and tasks are presented to help the teacher gain knowledge about children’s understandings of important mathematics concepts. The assessment is conducted in four steps.
1. Plan – Prepare for when and where the assessment will be given.
2. Prepare Materials – Make copies of blacklines needed
3. Conduct the Assessment – Easy to follow directions are given
4. Analyze results and plan guided follow-up instruction.

Watch this podcast to learn how the DMA is given.

## Activity Book

20 September, 2009

We are very excited to have the Number Concept Activity Book completed and at the printers.

It is a book that will help teachers know what activities they can do to help children depending on their level of understanding of the essential number concepts. This book has been a two year process and we are excited to have it done and available to the public.
The book will be listed on our web-site once I have received them from the printer. The cost of the book with all levels Pre-kindergarten through Grade 2 will be \$45.00. We will also have each level available at a cost of \$19.99.
If you have been using the DMA then we feel that the Number Concept Activity Book is a must have. It will help you with specific activities to do with your students after you have administered the DMA and analyzed the results.