About

The Elementary Educator Courses are designed to help elementary teachers and teacher candidates boost their math skills. They have been developed by an Ontario certified teachers (4 – 12) with a PhD focused specifically on math education. 

Currently these courses are in Beta format, meaning that we are actively collecting feedback from those enrolled in the course, and the content of the course may change over time.

Format

These courses are being offered as online, self-paced modules with access to discussion forums to discuss concepts, share ideas, and reach course instructors. 

There is no time limit to finishing them and they should take between 10 – 20 hours to complete (depending on the course). 

Each course is a combination of videos, text, and interactive elements. While the focus is on the math (not pedagogy or how to teach these concepts) we have included lots of resources for you to take back to your classroom. 

 

Cost

Currently we are offering these courses on a “pay-what-you-can” model with a suggested price of $25. But we have also included a number of discount codes to lower the price (including to free). 

Current Courses

We currently have 3 courses open for registration:

    • Operations – Part 1: explore the four main operations (+, -, x, /) across whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and negative numbers
    • Mathematical Modelling: mathematical modelling is part of the math curriculum from grades 1 – 6, but isn’t well defined in the curriculum. This course looks at understanding what a mathematical model is, how to create one, and how to interpret information presented to you
    • Financial Literacy: this course thoroughly explores concepts in financial literacy including how money systems work, taxes, making a budget, and more. 

You can register for any (or all) of these courses on our Course Registration page.

Mailing List

Mailing List

The Fields Institute is proud to offer two main programs for elementary classrooms and educators: (1) Ask a Mathematician: brings math experts live into the classroom (virtually) to talk to students about what they do and spread the joy of mathematics. (2) Teacher programs including Foundational modules (for teachers looking to boost their math skills and dive into why the math we teach works the way it does) and Enrichment modules (for teachers who want to learn new and interesting math facts they can bring back into their classroom). We are also working on some large scale programs for students, additional static content on our website, and resources to help educators learn and teach math. If you are interested in being contacted when new programs become available please fill out this form. We are also looking for individuals who might be interested in helping us create/present materials. Please feel free to send this form to anyone you feel might be interested and you are welcome to reach out to Pamela Brittain, Academic Coordinator at pbrittai@fields.utoronto.ca for more information.
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