How To Use Mathematical Openers

by Dan Finkel

$59.00 $39.00

Subject: Mathematics

Grade Levels:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School

Registration opens Jan 1, 2021 at 12:00AM PST

Start Date: Immediate access

Access for 16 weeks

3 Professional Development Hours

1 Graduate Level Professional Development Credit Available

Topics Covered:

  • Dot Talks
  • Number Talks
  • Unit Chats
  • Target Number
  • Broken Calculator
  • Fraction Talks
  • Number Search
  • Visual Patterns
  • Math Games
  • Guess My Number
  • Pico Fermi Bagels
  • Don’t Break the Bank
  • Penny Nickel Dime

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Looking to encourage deeper and more robust student thinking without radical changes? This mini workshop is for you. You'll learn to use these field-tested openers to start each day, without needing to develop new materials or change your class plan. It only takes five minutes a day to make math class more energized, focused, and fun.

We'll begin by exploring why math openers are so powerful, and why so many teachers rely on them.  From there we'll talk about how to get started.  We'll discuss openers that stimulate math talk, openers that develop ownership, openers that extend thinking, and openers that get kids playing creatively with math.  Finally, we'll see how to prepare to use an opener and how to use them remotely.

The mini workshop comes with access to high quality, pre-made openers, so you won't need to spend extra time making your own. Learn how a tiny change can make a huge impact in your math class!

Dan Finkel

About the Instructor

Dan Finkel

Dan Finkel is the Founder of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. Dan develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education nationally and internationally. His TEDx Talk, 5 Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching, has been viewed over half a million times. His puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Hindu, and as TED-Ed riddles.



Dan’s curriculum has been used by thousands of students, and is known for its combination of rigor and play. The math games he co-created with his wife, Katherine Cook, have won over 20 awards. They include Prime Climb, the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game, and Tiny Polka Dot, the colorful math game for children.

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