Bridge the Chasm

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring"               - Martin Luther King, Jr.

THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS TO BE:
EVERY 2nd Grader Fluently adds and subtracts within 20 and Reads grade level text with purpose and understanding.
BRIDGE THE CHASM THE ART OF 'SEEING' MATHEMATICS LIFE SKILLS DONATE
GIRL CHILD

THE ART OF 'SEEING' MATHEMATICS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

We believe the lack of math skills is a major reason why inner city kids drop-out of school and end up on the street. We believe that by providing the math foundation students need, at the appropriate age, we can keep students performing at grade level, thus increasing their ability to learn the new material presented in class each day, and building in them a belief in their ability to succeed.

The Art of “Seeing” Mathematics is a specific number sense curriculum that an elementary school teacher typically presents for 10-15 minutes a day. It is in addition to and supports student success in the Common Core Standards. Since it builds a strong foundation in number sense, students learn the standard math curriculum faster and understand it with more depth.

MATH COLLAGE

HOW WE TEACH MATH

We begin by introducing a picture for each number. This reinforces the identity of the number with how many it is.
By establishing these pictures, we eliminate students having to recount when adding or subtracting.
This process builds number sense as we decompose and reconstruct numbers through the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Providing this foundation puts the student on sure footing for all future mathematics.

HANDS

There is a girl we work with who was held back in first grade. She was hesitant and insecure in math. We started working with her -- and after a year she blossomed. Now, not only is she at grade level, she is enthusiastic, independent and eager to learn more every time we see her.

BOY CHILD

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We are offering training in the Art of "Seeing" to Elementary School teachers in Oakland. The training consists of two - two hour sessions and in-class follow-up. Session one covers 0 - 9. Teachers attend session two, which covers 10 - 18, after they have demonstrated mastery of session one material.

On February 8 this year, Allyson Lightbody, our Education Director, presented the Art of Seeing for the first time to seven teachers at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in West Oakland. Principal Roma Groves commented "This Professional Development is an excellent way to teach our kids the foundations of math. I'm really impressed with the way Allyson teaches ..."

COLLEGE PICTURE

LOOKING FORWARD

This summer we hope to offer session one of "the Art of 'Seeing'" to 200 Oakland elementary school teachers, subject to working out the logistics and funding. This would be followed with classroom support and session two during the school year. We will try to sign up the teachers from as many of Oakland's approximately 60 schools elementary schools as we can.

Ultimately, we would like to get it added to the curriculum of the multi-suject credentialling program at Cal State University, East Bay.

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