Counting On Number Sense

by Sue Looney


Subject: Mathematics

Grade Level: Elementary School

Not Currently Available

Semesters Offered:

18 Professional Development Hours

2-4 Graduate Level Professional Development Credits Available

Topics Covered:

  • Principles of Counting
  • Language of Counting
  • Common Errors
  • Must have Tools
  • Larger Numbers
  • Problem Solving
  • Assessment
  • Planning
  • early childhood

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Early experiences with counting form the foundation for a lifetime of number sense. Let's learn how to teach children to count with deep understanding.

The Counting on Number Sense workshop begins by exploring how you can teach children to count while building number sense. We then consider some of the early pitfalls in learning to count and what can you do about them. Next, we learn how children can know how many without counting. From there, we look at how to know if your students really understand how many there are. We then discuss how you can help children learn larger numbers. Finally, we unpack how you can apply everything learned in the workshop to your classroom and beyond. 

When we have a deep understanding of the complexities involved in counting, we learn how to teach our students with understanding. We can count on developing number sense for our students.

Sue Looney

About the Instructor

Sue Looney

Hi, I’m Dr. Sue Looney, founder of Looney Math Consulting, and lifelong learner. In my 25 years in education, I have worked at the district level, at the university level and am currently an author, speaker and consultant. When I began teaching, I quickly became aware of significant gaps in students’ understanding of mathematics. Even when students were “successful”, they often did not have a deep understanding and love for mathematics. It became my mission to learn WHY students struggle, and to learn HOW to teach students with understanding while conveying that math is a creative and joyful subject. I have spent my career as a mathematics educator pursuing these answers and sharing what I learn.

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