WOW! October already! I’m looking forward to meeting with Florida teachers in two weeks at the 60th annual Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference! I’ll be sharing ideas for implementing ten frame models into math instruction in the primary grades. Of course we’ll be focusing on how these strategies support teaching to the Common Core so that children develop those powerful habits of mind that help them get really good at math.
If you want to learn more about ten frames, this video, Getting Started with Ten Frames, is a good place to start. Ten frames are so easy to integrate with your math lessons. If your math program does not already have workmats to use, you can easily make a ten frame mat for each student and have them use pennies as counters.
Education Week, among many news sources, reports that big shifts are ahead for math instruction. Big shifts can start with small steps like ten frame math.
Ten frame tiles are the best way for children in Kindergarten through Grade 2 to understand counting, quantity, and arithmetic.
Using the right tools in the primary grades is one way to make sure that children develop the deep understanding of number that they need for strong foundations in arithmetic. Now it is up to teachers and families to help children succeed.