National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Annual Meeting 2017


Beverly Ford, Research Associate

Darrell Blanks, Research Associate

Tiffany Friesen, Senior Researcher

San Antonio, Texas

April 7, 2017

Don’t be Quick to Count-on: Teaching with Deep Understanding

Children solving addition problems are commonly taught the strategy of counting-on. When is this another empty procedure and when is it supported by conceptual understanding? Participants will leave with a progression of student counting concepts and research-supported activities to promote the movement through the progression.

AIMS Center Presenters

Beverly Ford, a Research Associate at The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, has worked in education for the last 17 years as a teacher, math specialist, coach, professional developer, and educational consultant. She is passionate about engaging with educational research that can empower teachers to equip all students to understand mathematics. She is driven to understand the educational research, so that the findings of the research can be utilized by teachers and empower them to teach mathematics in a way that equips students to utilize their mathematical knowledge. Her Bachelors degree, California teaching credential, and Masters degree in Math Education were completed at Fresno Pacific University.

Darrell Blanks, a Research Associate at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, has worked in public education for 26 years with 23 of those working in inner city schools in the Fresno Unified School District. He has experience teaching grades 2 through 8, including bilingual dual immersion and departmentalized math settings. Mr. Blanks served in roles outside of the classroom including that of a district math coach and a site principal. Currently a faculty member of the Teacher Education Division at Fresno Pacific University, he serves as the director of the Multiple Subjects program and teaches courses in elementary and secondary mathematics instructional methods. Darrell holds graduate degrees in Math Education and Educational Administration.

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