Using Stories to Teach Math


Presenter: Joshua Shanklin
 Elementary I – II and Secondary I – II
CPD hours: 1.5
Available: On Demand

Can we use the art of storytelling that Montessori models for us with the Great Lessons to create our own stories for math? The Story of Numbers is a great starting place when working to capture the learner’s attention. The history of the human need to keep track of quantity captivates and inspires curiosity, and gives wonderful context for so much of the modern math we hope children will learn to appreciate. But why do we often stop there with captivating stories? What other stories might we share with children, along their math journey, to inspire their interest in counting and computing? When does a good story spark learning? When does it inhibit it?

In this webinar, you'll be invited to think about the importance of story and how it aids learning. We will discuss how story can play a role in learning math, and you will come away with stories to use in your learning environment.

Learner Outcomes

  • You will gain a deeper appreciation for using story to introduce math lessons.
  • You will learn the key components of being a good story-teller.
  • You will dabble in the creative process and dream up your own stories.

Looking to discuss the Using Stories to Teach Math Storytelling Festival? Join our conversation on AMS Connect.

About the Presenter

Joshua Shanklin

Director of Learning & Professional Development

Joshua Shanklin, MEd, is director of learning and professional development at the American Montessori Society. AMS-credentialed (Elementary II). AMI-credentialed (Elementary I – II).

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