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Checking For Understanding & Correcting Misconceptions in Elementary Math

Course Number:


PD Hours:

8 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Math, Lesson & Curriculum Planning, Classroom Management/Behavior, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(8 Hours) This course will teach participants how to establish a classroom culture that is conducive to learning and sharing. They will also learn a variety of ways to check their students’ understanding of elementary math content, so they are able to assess the effectiveness of their teaching. Participants will also be able to recognize twelve of the most common math misconceptions, and will be ready to correct those misconceptions through a variety of instructional strategies taught in this course.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn How to Establish a Productive Classroom Culture, Community, & Growth Mindset In Your Students

  • Learn How to Check For Understanding, Identify, & Correct Common Math Misconceptions

  • Learn How to Intervene & Re-teach Critical Math Concepts Based on Identified Math Misconceptions

Resources Included

Course includes 9 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Includes One year of Course Access, Fully Self-Paced & Online.

Course Sections What You Will Learn

Participants in this course will learn a variety of new skills including how to establish a productive classroom culture, community, and growth mindset, how to check for student understanding based on both formal and informal data collection, and how to identify and correct common math misconceptions. This course provides you with a clear structure to follow when designing and executing lessons with student understanding and support in mind. Concepts featured in this course are targeted to kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms. For future teachers or new teachers, this course is ideal for you to develop a clear plan of action for designing your lessons with monitoring student understanding in mind. For experienced teachers, this course helps you evaluate your current teaching practices to make refinements and improvements in learning and culture within your math classroom.

You Will Learn:

  • How to establish a classroom culture in which it is acceptable to make mistakes, and learn from them
  • Numerous strategies on how to check for understanding using both formal and informal assessment methods
  • A basic overview of the 12 most common elementary math misconceptions students make and a variety of ways to correct those types of math misconceptions
  • How to establish and execute an intervention strategy to fill gaps in understanding and correct misconceptions
  • How to evaluate your idea on classroom culture using our evaluation tool
  • Strategies to check for understanding, design interventions, and plan for misconceptions that may occur in the lesson
  • How to build a lesson plan with class culture, student understanding, and misconceptions in mind

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

How can I monitor the level of understanding in my students, predict misconceptions they may have in my planning, and build an action plan for addressing misconceptions and re-teaching concepts so that all of my elementary students can be successful in math?

Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

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Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Establishing a Math Community

  • Analyze components of classroom culture that help establish a strong classroom community, then reflect on an area of growth you would like to consider for yourself in a future classroom

Section 2 – Checking for Understanding

  • Learn 12 check for understanding methods and when each are best used in the classroom, then reflect on several methods appropriate for your current or future class and grade level

Section 3 – Interventions

  • Analyze three intervention methods to re-teach class content, then reflect on how you’d re-teach a concept specific to your grade level

Section 4 – Common Math Misconceptions

  • Review the common misconceptions in elementary math and reflect on misconceptions your own students would experience at your grade level


Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 9 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Check for Understanding Strategy Guide
  • Classroom Culture Evaluation Tool
  • Correcting Elementary Math Misconceptions Strategy Guide
  • Effectiveness Checklist
  • Intervention Plan Template
  • Math Check for Understanding & Intervention Plan Template and Sample
  • Implementation Observation Checklist and Sample

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