a. when adding, counting on as opposed to starting with one b, knowing what makes ten c. knowing that five is one half of ten in order to create a short cut to addition, ie. 7 + 15 = _____( In your head you compute 5 + 2 = 7 so 15 + 5 = 20 + 2 = 22.) d. Play the exchance game with the dice. As soon as they have had enough experience with the exchange game, go directly into dynamic addition. e. use the materials in different ways: before you go to lunch, show me with the colored beads how many different ways you can make 10. f. learning doubles (2+2) (3+3) (4+4),etc. and other shortcuts for memorizing math facts |

**when adding, counting on as opposed to starting with one **knowing what makes ten **knowing that five is one half of ten in order to create a short cut to addition, ie. 7 + 15 = _____( In your head you compute 5 + 2 = 7 so 15 + 5 = 20 + 2 = 22.) **Play the exchance game with the dice. As soon as they have had enough experience with the exchange game, go directly into dynamic addition. **use the materials in different ways: before you go to lunch, show me with the colored beads how many different ways you can make 10. **learning doubles (2+2) (3+3) (4+4),etc. and other shortcuts for memorizing math facts |

CONVENER(S): Lucy Canzoneri-Golden and Juliet King

PARTICIPANTS: Jean Christenson, Theresa Hester, Mike Catalana and Dr. Ijya Tulloss

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

All Charter schools must face testing. There will continue to be more and more testing because of "Leave No Child Behind". You must let parents know that sometimes, Montessori students do not do as well in testing in the earlier grades because the emphasis is on the concrete; however as they advance through the upper levels, the trend of greater success in standardized tests becomes more apparent.

The key to successful test scores is to continue to use the Montessori materials and teach analytical and logical thinking skills to the children. The psychological attitude of test taking must be positive, fun and viewed as a natural part of the learning process.

Strategies:

- Build it into your curriculum that before the children move on, they must be tested. They can take the test as many times as they want to improve their level of proficiency.
- Teach children how to analyze through etemology and the materials (grammar) materials, sentence analysis, the laws of the universe experiments, etc).
- Build upon what they already know through their experiences working with the materials and help them make connections if they have not already done so.
- Give students opportunities to verbalize concepts they are learning, ie. teaching others.
- Strategies suggested pertaining specificially to math :

- when adding, counting on as opposed to starting with one
- knowing what makes ten
- knowing that five is one half of ten in order to create a short cut to addition, ie. 7 + 15 = _____( In your head you compute 5 + 2 = 7 so 15 + 5 = 20 + 2 = 22.)
- Play the exchance game with the dice. As soon as they have had enough experience with the exchange game, go directly into dynamic addition.
- use the materials in different ways: before you go to lunch, show me with the colored beads how many different ways you can make 10.
- learning doubles (2+2) (3+3) (4+4),etc. and other shortcuts for memorizing math facts