Mathematics Outreach

  • See a mathematics reasoning strategy in action and add to your teacher toolkit!

    The Mathematic Outreach sessions support the eight mathematical practices that are a part of the Common Core for K-8th grade.

    K-8 Educators can select one of the different sessions and have them customized for their grade level by our Learning Support Specialist.

    The sessions include:

    • Notice and Wonder: 
      • This routine supports students in becoming successful problem-solvers. Students will observe an image, video, graph or other stimulus and share what they notice. Notice and Wonder can be a short routine used to activate student thinking at the start of a lesson. Or it can be a stand-alone routine to encourage curiosity and math reasoning.
    • Number Talk/Mental Math:
      • A Number Talk is a short instructional routine where students consider and discuss an image or expression. Students strengthen their understanding of number relationships and develop reasoning through this routine. Number talks can support the learning of students at any age, and can improve access and engagement. Number Talks are 5-15 minutes, alongside (but not always related to) the ongoing math curriculum. Number Talks are most effective when done often.
    • Choral Counting:
      • Choral counting is a classroom activity for all grades. Students start at a select number and count by a select number. This helps students discover how numbers are organized, see structure and patterns in the number system and work on communicating their mathematical reasoning and number sense.
    • Poster Problem:
      •  Poster problems are tasks that use a six-phase lesson plan to encourage cooperative mathematical reasoning. In teams, students plan and create mathematical posters to show their work. This then leads to a gallery walk/revision phase of the students' work.
    • Three Reads Routine/Multiple Representations:
      • The Three Read Strategy is one way to do a close read of a complex math word problem or task. This strategy includes reading a math scenario three times, with a different goal each time. The first read is to understand the context. The second read is to understand the mathematics. The third read is to elicit inquiry questions based on the scenario. Using a “4 Quadrant Math” template, students create a mathematical model, apply methods, draw diagrams, connect ideas, reason about connections, and communicate their thinking.

    All sessions follow the California State Common Core Standards. To get a Mathematics Outreach session, contact Kim Ferguson at



  • Kim Ferguson
    Learning Support Specialist - Mathematics 
    (707) 262-4183