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.
The course blends text, images, and over 4 1/2 hours of video of students, classrooms using FactsWise, and screencasts highlighting patterns and strategies for each of the eight goals.
This course is 100% complete as of March 28th, 2018. The price for now is $49.95 and will stay at that price until April 16th, at which time it will reach it's full price of $99.95. Please feel free to share this with other teachers you think might be interested -- I'd love for you and your colleagues to be able to take advantage of the early pricing!
Also, if you are looking for opportunities to earn additional college credits for salary advancement, Brandman University will shortly finalize the paperwork so that you can earn either 3 or 4 units for completing this course -- depending on the additional assignments you'd like to complete. I'll be posting more information as soon as we have the details.
I'd also 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 five key principles (video 5:50) FREE PREVIEW
- 2) We Need to Teach Basic Facts Fluency Before We Test It (Video 1:21, Myuriel, a 4th-grade Dual Immersion Teacher) FREE PREVIEW
- 3) Facts fluency results are remarkable when daily mini-lessons focus on concept building and part-whole thinking strategies (video 4:41) FREE PREVIEW
- 4) What Are Your Key Insights and Questions at this Point? FREE PREVIEW
- 5) Course Overview: FactsWise Multiplication and Division (video 4:20) FREE PREVIEW
- First Step: Download the FactsWise Multiplication/Division Resource Book
- Recommended Materials
- Getting Started with Goal 1 Mini-Lesson 1: Exploring the x 10s with Manipulatives (videos 13:38 and 3:07)
- Four manipulatives that work easily with multiplication and division (video 2:11)
- Mini-Lesson 2: The 10's Game with Manipulatives
- Deciding when to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and then later to Phase 3
- Mini-Lesson 3: Sharing x 10 Strategies (highlighting place value and the distributive property; video 5:18)
- Communicating with Parents
- Mini-Lesson 4: Clap Facts with the x10's (video 0:50)
- Mini-Lesson 5: The x10 Game Revisited (video 1:58)
- Mini-Lesson 6: Self-Assessment Sort
- Assessing When Students Are Ready to Move on to Division: Observing and Recording While Students Play Games (video 3:49)
- Quick Survey: How are you and your students doing after the first few mini-lessons?
- 1) Facts Fluency: What Is It? (videos 0:15 and 0:19) FREE PREVIEW
- 2) Facts Fluency - What Does It Look Like?
- 3) FactsWise Disrecommends Timed Tests FREE PREVIEW
- 4) Two Valid Assessment Techniques: Observation and One-on-One Interviews (videos 1:37, 3:58 and 4:49)
- 5) Keeping Track of Facts Fluency Progress
- Creating a Year-Long FactsWise Calendar
- Mini-Lesson 7: Investigating Goal 1 Division with Manipulatives
- Mini-Lesson 8: Connecting Division with Multiplication with Word Problems and Factor-Factor-Total Grids (videos 1:31 and 15:58)
- Mini-Lesson 9: Racing to 100 to build confidence with the concept of Goal 1 Division (video 1:00)
- Mini-Lesson 10: Strategies for solving Goal 1 Division problems
- Mini-Lesson 11: Number Talks where students share their Goal 1 Division strategies
- Mini-Lessons 12, 13, 14 and 16: Pairs Practice Tents and three activities you've done before (video 0:27 and 0:13)
- Supporting Struggling Students with Word Problems and Concrete Representations (video 20:56)
- Mini-Lesson 15: Three in a Row - a new game for your students (video 9:13)
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.