Are you looking for a better way to help your students develop their facts fluency and also their flexible number sense? This course is designed just for you and your students!
FactsWise is a program that blends international research about facts fluency approaches, part-whole thinking strategies, and the psychology of memorization. Along with this research base, we've listened to teachers and students for the past 14 years to make the mini-lessons and games engaging to students and manageable for teachers.
This e-course is designed to introduce you to the basic principles, and then take you day-by-day through the 5-to-10 minute mini-lessons and games that are at the heart of FactsWise. These mini-lessons and games always start with hands-on activities with simple manipulatives, and then progress to a focus on patterns and strategies. When students are able to correctly answer the problems in that goal, then they move on to more abstract activities and games.
Assessment strategies are discussed in detail early in the course, and will allow you to make the shift away from timed tests -- which just don't give us accurate insights into students' fluency, and are often damaging to students' feelings about themselves as mathematicians.
If you are looking for opportunities to earn additional college credits for salary advancement, you can earn either 3 or 4 units through Brandman University for completing this course -- depending on the additional assignments you'd like to complete. The registration flyer (including the Brandman University fees) is included in the online materials for this course.
I'd love to hear from you as you preview the first chapter, which is free for everyone, and then as you begin working with your students on the daily mini-lessons and games. So many teachers have shared wonderful success stories with me, and they always tell me how much their students enjoy their FactsWise experiences and their growing mathematical confidence.
- 1) FactsWise is based on 5 key principles (Video 6:49)
- 2) We Need to Teach Basic Facts Fluency Before We Test It (Video 1:21, Myuriel, Dual Immersion Teacher)
- 3) Facts fluency results are remarkable when daily mini-lessons focus on concept building and part-whole thinking strategies (Video 5:22)
- 4) What Are Your Key Insights and Questions at this Point?
- 5) Course Overview: FactsWise Addition and Subtraction (Video 3:59)
- Special Note if you want to receive a Course Completion Certificate or earn College (Continuing Education) Credits
- First Step: Download the FactsWise Addition/Subtraction Resource Book
- Recommended Materials
- Getting Started with Goal 1 Mini-Lesson 1: Show Me (Video 0:19, Bonus Download)
- Mini-Lesson 1a: Show Me with the Slavonic Abacus/Rekenrek (Video 5:24, 3:28, 2:41)
- Mini-Lessson 2: Teddy Bear +1 Stories and Accountable Talk Part 1 (Silent Video 2:03, Videos 0:50, 11:11, Bonus Download)
- Mini-Lesson 3: Shake-It-Up +1 Activity (Silent Video 0:32)
- Mini-Lessons 4 and 5: Teddy Bear +2 Stories and Shake-It-Up +2 Activity (Silent Video 1:19)
- Mini-Lesson 6: Puppies in the Park Stories (Video 6:33, Bonus Download)
- Deciding when to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and then later to Phase 3
- Mini-Lesson 7: Subitize Flash (Video Link 5:50)
- Mini-Lesson 8: All the Ways to Make 4 with a Total Physical Response (TPR) Activity (Video 5:38)
- Mini-Lessons 9 and 12: All the Ways with Two-Sided Counters (ways to make 4; ways to make 5)
- Mini-Lessons 10 and 11: All the Ways to Make 5 with Hands Parts 1 and 2 (Video 4:41, 4:32)
- Communicating with Parents (Bonus Download)
- Mini-Lesson 13: Clap Facts with Goal 1 Addition (Video 4:49)
- Mini-Lesson 14: Two and Three are Buddies (Video 2:38)
- Mini-Lesson 15: Go to the Dump Game (Videos 0:54, 1:56, Bonus Download)
- Mini-Lesson 16: Addition Race to 100 Game (Bonus Download)
- Assessing When Students Are Ready to Move on to Subtraction: Observing and Recording While Students Play Games (Video 5:05)
- 1) Facts Fluency: What Is It?
- 2) Facts Fluency - What Does It Look Like? (Video 2:32)
- 3) FactsWise Disrecommends Timed Tests FREE PREVIEW
- 4) Two Valid Assessment Techniques: Observation and One-on-One Interviews (Videos 7:26, 1:58, 3:11, Bonus Downloads x2)
- 5) Keeping Track of Facts Fluency Progress (Bonus Downloads x2)
- Creating a Year-Long FactsWise Calendar
- Connecting Subtraction to Addition - a Fundamental FactsWise Principle (Videos 0:46, 1:40, 7:30)
- Mini-Lessons 17-21: Teddy Bear Stories and Shake-It-Up Activities for -1 and -2 (Video 0:45)
- Mini-Lesson 22: Five Little Monkeys Powerpoint (Video 5:02, Bonus Downloads x2)
- Mini-Lesson 23: Monkey Stories with Part-Whole Grids (Video 3:36)
- Mini-Lessons 24 and 25: Goal 1 Subtracting Patterns
- Mini-Lessons 26: Subtraction Clap Facts with clear connections to the related addition facts (Videos 1:01, 0:45, 3:18, Bonus Download)
- Mini-Lesson 27: I Have Five Balloons Choral Chant (Video 2:02)
- Mini-Lesson 28: Goal 1 Subtraction Race to 100 (Video 8:00, 5:45)
- Mini-Lesson 29: Pairs Practice Tents (Video 0:46)
Mathematics Educator and FactsWise Creator
About the instructor
After Valerie completed her dissertation research at UC Irvine in 2004, she began a pilot project to investigate strategies for teaching basic facts that would go beyond flashcards, worksheets, and timed tests. By 2006, these strategies had been piloted, revised, and research demonstrated dramatic differences between control and FactsWise students.
Valerie balances her time as a lecturer in mathematics education at UC Irvine with her commitment to share what she has learned about how to help students develop basic facts fluency, part-whole thinking, and flexible number sense through FactsWise workshops.