CA Association for the Education of Young Children


Presenters: Jaclyn Russell and Elizabeth Gamino

Venue: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA

Dates: April 21 , 2018

Spatial Patterns: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

The goal of this workshop is for all levels of early learning staff to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of spatial patterns. Presenters will describe what spatial patterns are and why they are so important for young children in their development of visualizing patterns. This will then become the bridge between counting things children can see and understanding number words as abstract concepts. This is critical in preschool mathematics since it will develop flexible ways of thinking that develop children’s concepts of numbers. Experiences in preschool mathematics can help children make connections among many of the different representations of spatial patterns. To build number sense, children must come to know number words as rich concepts with as many representations as possible. Many of these representations are what we call “spatial patterns”, as seen on dominoes, dice, or playing cards.

AIMS Presenters

Jaclyn Russell is a Research Associate for the Early Mathematics Team at the AIMS Center. Jaclyn started her educational career in the Clovis Unified School District in 2010. She was an intervention teacher for grades ranging from Transitional Kindergarten to sixth grade, she taught kindergarten for five years, was the coordinator for the ASES afterschool program and was part of a two-year math camp. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Fresno State, with a concentration in mathematics, holds her Multiple Subject teaching credential, and is currently completing her MA in STEM education at Fresno Pacific University. Jaclyn’s love for learning is fostered by her own children’s love of exploring, creating, and learning through experiences. Jaclyn’s passion is to promote and encourage teachers to create a solid foundation for kids, starting with the early childhood education through research and the desire to help teachers build our future by empowering children to love learning.

Elizabeth Gamino is a Research Associate. Elizabeth joined the Early Learning Math team here at the AIMS Center after a 24-year career with Fresno Unified School District where she served as the Pre K-12 Mathematics/Science Curriculum Manager, an elementary teacher, staff and curriculum developer, and teacher on special assignment working in the Mathematics Department. Elizabeth is an active participant in both the math and early learning communities, she is a member of the California Math Council, NCTM, TODOS, NAEYC, and CAEYC. Additionally, she has worked closely with the Council of Great City Schools serving on their Mathematics Advisory team, their Bilingual Education, Key Performance Indicators, and Innovative Professional Development committees. Currently, Elizabeth serves on The Children’s Movement School Readiness work group and is a board member for Stone Soup Fresno. Elizabeth is an advocate for equitable and quality mathematical experiences for all children beginning with our youngest learners.

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