I found this class to be very helpful. The lessons were loaded with lots of useful strategies to use in the classroom. I also liked the supplementary material. I have already used those in my room. Thank you!"
I loved this course. I have accumulated so many great ideas from the instructor and other students. It has been so valuable. Thank you"
I thought the instructor did a great job of presenting the material and gave very helpful links for the teachers to use in the classroom."
Thanks! This class was full of wonderful information. I look forward to trying these in my classroom."
Thank you for a terrific class; it was so much fun and I gained may new ideas to use in my classroom. Your passion for math made me smile through all the lessons. You have a wonderful teaching style and it was a pleasure to have you as my instructor."
Thank You!!! I have learned so much from this course. There are so many things that I have already used. I can’t wait to use more of the ideas that you have presented. I enjoy taking classes that allow me to take things back into the classroom and use right away. I learned about so many wonderful ideas. Thanks again for all that you provided."
This has been the best online course I have taken. You have fabulous ideas and didn't water down the curriculum. You treated us like professionals and I highly recommend this class! Keep up the good work!"
Even though I have been teaching math for 20 years, your course brought back ideas that I somehow have "shelved" during my tenure! I have taken MANY notes as to what I would like to bring back into my classroom!"
Michele is a powerhouse of a teacher. Lessons were fresh and well-constructed and resonated true challenges in the classroom. She was inspiring and wise in her coaching and ideas. Her students are fortunate to have her as a math teacher, as I was to have her teach me how to be better at my teaching game. You won't regret this class."
Michele's enthusiasm for math is contagious! She presents her mastery of skill in an artful and fun way. Her ideas are brilliant and very creative. I love how fluidly she interweaves vocabulary, critical thinking, problem solving, games, and literacy into math. After taking the class I feel inspired to make math fun. Excellent course, I would highly recommend to educators needing a boost in their math curriculum!"
Course Code: tmt
In this first lesson, it is important that you know what kind of learners you have in your class. Visual, auditory, and tactile-kinesthetic students are all going to process your lessons differently. You will learn some teaching strategies to meet each of these learning styles. Then you will discover five keys to effective vocabulary instruction, and you will find out how to start using them in your class.
This lesson will give you some smart tips for number play to help your students understand how 1 relates to 100 or how 100 relates to 1,000. Then you will learn how to make multiplication fun with models, facts beyond tables, and real-world applications.
In this lesson, you will learn how to connect division to life outside the classroom. Then you will look at a variety of manipulatives and models that will bring fractions to life.
This lesson will show you how to get your math detectives thinking with some innovative problem-solving strategies. Then you will learn how to make geometry hands-on and practical. You will also learn how to get your students thinking into the future with some geometric career connections.
This lesson will give you tips on integrating group work to maximize student learning. Then you will discover how to use journals to get your students to read, write and talk about math.
In this final lesson, you will learn the keys to effective performance and traditional assessments that will help you understand how well you are teaching and how well your students are learning. Then you will discover strategies for involving students’ families in math from assigning the right homework to designing Family Math Nights.
Michele Thrailkill fell in love with math as a child and has spent the last 10 years of her teaching career making numbers fun for a diverse range of students. Eager to share her easy, inexpensive, and creative teaching strategies with others, Michele worked for a state Department of Education, where she created statewide lesson plans and evaluated Web-based material for classroom inclusion. In her spare time, she published two teachers' manuals focusing on introductory mathematics for preschool and elementary students.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.