Day 2 was another busy day for me in the town of Ganges on the lovely Salt Spring Island. First off there was a three-hour workshop for Primary teachers. Our focus was on the **big ideas about numbers** that we should be working to establish in young children, and how those **big ideas could be “layered” or built upon** for older students. Those number relationships are a huge part of overall **“number sense”** which we hope students will build as they explore numbers in many different ways.

After lunch was another three-hour workshop, this time for Intermediate teachers. Delightfully, some of the participants from the first workshop were back for more math! We had a grand time, even if I must say so myself! Our focus was on **strategies for doing the major operations** (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and **tools that would support those operations.**

Intersperced in both sessions were lots of examples, stories, and of course, the occasional **“math woo”** when we just could not contain our excitement. (Ok, I was the one doing the most woo-ing, but how can you not get excited over math!)

I mentioned to the participants that I would post some things for them, so here they are

large 100 dot array

• small 100 dot arrays (in two sizes)

• mini blank 10 frames for students to use in problem solving: 27 per page, 40 per page

• 10 frames for students (with dots)

• teacher 10 frames (with dots)

• mini 100 blocks of ten frames

• problem solving rubric

If I have missed something that I promised, please let me know and I will add it to the download list.

I had a wonderful time talking math with all those who came to the sessions both days. I hope I am privileged to come back for another round one day!

Mathematically yours,

Carollee

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