# Saturday Math Classes

We are proud to partner with the Robinson Center at the University of Washington once again to offer a new batch Saturday classes for grades K-8 & Parents & Teachers!

Registration is open.
Classes start Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Here’s what we’ll be offering:

Grades K-1 and Parents
Nurturing the Math Instinct: A Parent-Child Adventure in Mathematics
We are all born with the capacity to love mathematics. This class explores how to cultivate a child’s innate interest in mathematics by creating a culture of mathematics at home. Through puzzles and games that capture the quality of play in math, we’ll learn how to think creatively, support each other, and keep the spark of joy alive and well in our mathematical lives.

This class is designed to engage both kids and parents. Each child will register and attend with one or two parents, and the classes will be divided between discussions with the parents about how to encourage their child’s interest in mathematics, and time spent learning new games and puzzles that can be played at home.

Grades K-1
Games, Puzzles, and Play
In this course, we will explore games and puzzles, both new and old, that tap into mathematical ways of thinking. The emphasis will be on creative play and adapting games and puzzles to players’ interests. We will play group games, ask questions, play with ideas, and have fun!

Grades 4-5
All the Difference: Diffy Squares, Diffy Lines and the Patterns Behind the Patterns
What makes sequences and patterns tick? How much information do you need about a sequence of numbers to know how it will behave forever? In “All the Difference,” we’ll turn our attention to fascinating geometry- and arithmetic-inspired patterns and see how to encode these patterns mathematically, and explore their deeper structure, and hopefully, how to unravel the mystery of what governs number patterns.

Grades 6-8
And So On: Understanding Patterns in Number Sequences
The goal of “And So On” will be to truly understand how to model geometric and number patterns mathematically, and to understand and predict their behavior. We’ll see that tracking the change can give us a surprisingly robust structure for understanding patterns, and help us pin down tricky sequences with less work than we would have imagined.
(Some exposure to algebra is highly recommended.)
Section A
Time: 12:30-1:20 pm
Section B (Girls Only)
Time: 1:30-2:20 pm

**Teachers and Administrators Only**
Common Core Math Practices for Elementary Teachers
In this 6-week course for teachers, we will take an in-depth look at the Math Practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards. The Math Practices can seem mysterious at first glance, but with thoughtful exploration, they become powerful tools for planning, teaching, and assessing math lessons. In this course, we will scrutinize the Math Practices, discuss them, observe them in action, and learn to use them to help students become powerful mathematical thinkers. By the end, teachers will see how the Math Practices can help their students—and themselves—to have a positive and productive relationship to a beautiful subject.
This course is available for nine inservice clock hours from University of Washington Educational Outreach.
Dates: April 6-May 11, 2013 (6 sessions)
Time: 2:30-4:00 pm
Special discount: if a teacher brings a school administrator, the tuition for the administrator has a \$100 discount!
The Robinson Center also offers excellent classes in writing, science, and math by other folks. Check out all the offerings at the Robinson Center this quarter!

“I saw first hand how engaged and excited the children were about what they were doing and learning.  It was absolutely wonderful to see such energy, not only from the kids, but from both of you.  I was tired just watching your enthusiasm and passion for your subject and the students… we are so fortunate to have you sharing your love of mathematics with our students.  Truly, I thank you again for doing such a splendid job.”

—Nancy Hertzog,
Director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars

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