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MATH + BEER at Habitat Brewing

Have you ever felt frustrated, confused, or maybe just downright intrigued by the math work you see your kid doing? If so, join me, The Elementary Math Consultant, for a nerdy evening of fun at Habitat Brewing on November 20 from 7-9pm! 

We will…
+ get our hands on all the sweet math tools kids use in elementary school
+ play math games and do math problems
+ learn the importance of the “new” strategies being taught in schools today
+ answer all your questions about Common Core math strategies
+ prepare you to be your kid’s math tutor… think of all the money you’ll save!

Oh yeah… we’ll also drink beer! (If you want to.)

Why am I hosting this?

Many people experience a very real problem called Math Anxiety. It affects lots of parents and teachers, and it has been shown in several studies to be contagious! Walk into almost any classroom, and you’ll immediately be able to notice students with math anxiety.

Parents have great intentions when working with their kids on homework, but they can do more harm than good. Most of us learned math very differently than our kids are learning math today. We were not expected to connect abstract strategies – like “borrowing” in subtraction – to visual or concrete representations of math.

The Common Core standards (and the almost identical NC Standard Course of Study standards) require students to deeply understand math concepts, not just skills. Kids are meant to use reasoning and number sense to figure out problems they haven’t been explicitly shown how to solve. It’s actually pretty awesome!

I would love to show more parents how this works. I want to work with parents who don’t like Common Core math and parents who love it. The more adults in our community who can get together with the end goal of supporting our kids’ math achievement, the better.

Who Am I, Anyway?

By the way, my name is Jeannie Curtis. I have taught grades 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. Most recently I taught 4th grade at Evergreen Community Charter School. I was a Governor’s Teacher Network teacher leader and action researcher for North Carolina in 2014-15 and Teacher of the Year at Evergreen in 2015-2016. Now I am a math specialist and math consultant. I work with teachers and administrators along the East coast to improve math instruction. I work for myself and through an incredible company called Math Solutions.

It is becoming increasingly important to me to improve math instruction right here in the Asheville area. I work with teachers here, and now I’d like to work with parents. Parent support can make all the difference for kids. But for the most part, I find that parents know very little about the Common Core standards and current teaching practices. I’d like to change that!

Oh… I also love beer!

Get your ticket now!

Earlier Event: November 8
AIC's Monthly Workshop Show!
Later Event: November 24
28 Pages Rock Show

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