Making Math Fun
About the Course
This course is a book study of Sunil Singh and Dr. Christopher Brownell's book, Math Recess: Playful Learning in an Age of Disruption. The authors set the foundation of this book by looking at recess. It is fun! Kids enjoy their time to play and socialize. Singh and Brownell, show how these attitudes about recess are true with math. From their book, the authors write, "The mathematical learning experience should recreate the awe and mouth-agape look on Charlie Bucket's face when he first saw the chocolate factory." Through this book study, you will engage with colleagues across the state discussing mathematical ideas and playing with math, showing your learning through a menu of options, and planning for fun in your math block!
- Math Recess: Playful Learning in an Age of Disruption by Sunil Singh and Christopher Brownell
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify areas where math can be more interactive and fun.
- Identify ways to make “Statements of Mathematical Practices” more practical and teachable.
- Brainstorm ways to improve the math culture in your classroom and school.
- Identify and practice storytelling related to math topics.
- Ask and answer questions about math to inspire curiosity.
- Identify ways in which math is a social subject.
- Plan for implementation in the classroom.
Jeremiah Moore is a second grade teacher at Platte Valley Elementary who teaches students in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Jeremiah has been in the classroom for seven years and has come to realize that all educators have something to offer each other. Jeremiah knows well-developed professional development is something that is evidence-based and easily applicable in the classroom. Jeremiah knows education is the foundation of society, and the job of educators is to influence generations. Jeremiah has presented at the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference for two years on developing and sustaining an affective reading workshop model.
Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Teaching) and a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy, both from the University of Northern Colorado.