FREE Parent & Educator Workshop this Monday, March 10- BEYOND FLASHCARDS: Meaningful Arithmetic

Join Parents of Accelerated Learners, NYC [PALNYC] in partnership with the Center for Mathematical Talent [CMT] at NYU’s Courant Institute for Part 2 of our 4-Part math series, Beyond Flashcards: Exploring Mathematics with Children this Monday, March 10 from 6:30-8pm at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca.

Arithmetic is an essential building block in mathematics. Without proper understanding of key concepts, a simple problem could become extremely confusing. Take this clip for example: Clip from The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

CMT’s Mark Saul and Sian Zelbo will show parents and educators what kinds of activities help children develop their mathematical abilities and introduce an approach to working with children that builds their skill at thinking mathematically. Starting with simple arithmetic, commercial games, and readily available materials, Mark & Sian dig in deeply, encouraging children to ask questions, develop strategies, and make discoveries the way a mathematician would. Arithmetic can be taught for its own sake but also as a gateway to understanding deeper properties of numbers and operations. In this workshop we will offer hands-on ways to work with children and encourage deeper thinking as they learn arithmetic.

Join us Monday, March 10 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Downtown Community Center at 120 Warren Street in Tribeca for BEYOND FLASHCARDS: Meaningful Arithmetic to learn how to make arithmetic fun and engaging for your child.

Space is limited, so REGISTER here.

Workshop Leaders:

Mark Saul, PhD, NYU Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences – Mark Saul directs the Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.  He grew up in the Bronx, got his BA from Columbia University and Ph.D. from New York University.  He then spent 35 years in and around New York, teaching mathematics in classrooms from grades 3 through 12. For 12 years, he directed the prestigious Research Science Institute, an internship program for high-ability high school students at MIT.  He has also has served as Senior Scholar for the John Templeton Foundation, guiding their portfolio in gifted education.  Prior to that he was a program director for the National Science Foundation, where his portfolio included programs in mathematics curriculum, in teacher professional development, and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is a 1984 recipient of that award, the nation’s highest honor for work in the classroom. Internationally, he initiated a student exchange program between Russian and American students, as well as an “Intel/Westinghouse” style competition for students of mathematics in China.  He served as President of the American Regions Mathematics League, mathematics field editor of Quantum (the English-language version of the Russian journal Kvant), a board member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a member of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board for the National Research Council. He has done curriculum development with the Educational Development Center and developed an internship program for high-ability students in Shanghai.  His publications include numerous articles and books, including a elementary text on trigonometry, co-authored with I.M. Gelfand, a translation and ‘reader’s companion’ for Jacques Hadamard’s Elementary Geometry, and “The Peak in the Middle”, a guide for work with mathematically gifted middle school students, published by NCTM.

Sian Zelbo, JD, MA, NYU Center for Mathematical Talent at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences – Sian Zelbo is the Associate Director for the Center for Mathematical Talent and also the Math Specialist at the Speyer Legacy School, an independent school for advanced learners in Manhattan.  Ms. Zelbo holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and an M.A. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Columbia Teachers College.  Ms. Zelbo has a range of experiences in the field of math education, particularly working with advanced learners.  These experiences include working as a classroom teacher, running afterschool math circles, coaching middle school and high school math teams, organizing and running math competitions, training teachers, and writing problem-solving curricula that are used all over the city.

Location & Details:

Monday, March 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This Workshop will take place at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca at 120 Warren Street between Greenwich Street and West St, across from Whole Foods Market.

Beyond Flashcards is a FREE 4-Part math workshop series that is ideally suited for parents, teachers, counselors and caregivers of upper elementary school students and is intended for adults only. This session is hands-on, therefore space is limited. Register now to join the conversation.

For questions, call 212.343.8881

We hope you can make it!

The PALNYC Workshops Team

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