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Boosting Math Confidence: Strategies to Combat Math Anxiety in Elementary Schools

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Boosting Math Confidence: Strategies to Combat Math Anxiety in Elementary Schools

Presented by Dr. Elisabeth O’Bryon, Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Family Engagement Lab; Bonni Jones, Graduate Researcher, Utah State University; and James Sanders, Product Marketing Manager, Unruly Studios

Sponsored by Unruly Math

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Math anxiety is a common challenge that affects many elementary school students, impacting their confidence and performance. This edWebinar explores practical strategies to help educators build a supportive and confidence-boosting math environment in the classroom. Join us as we discuss practical techniques and approaches to reduce math anxiety and enhance student engagement in K-5 math, including:

  • Understanding the roots of math anxiety and its impact on elementary school students
  • Techniques for creating a positive math mindset and fostering resilience
  • Strategies to integrate movement-based and collaborative learning activities that build math confidence

This recorded edWebinar equips elementary educators with tools and insights to create a dynamic, supportive, and engaging math learning environment.

Elisabeth O’Bryon

About the Presenters

Dr. Elisabeth O’Bryon is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-founder of Family Engagement Lab (FEL), a national nonprofit and leader in the advancement of learning-centered family engagement serving PreK-12 school systems. Prior to launching FEL, Dr. O’Bryon served as the Director of Research and Evaluation at GreatSchools and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence where she contributed to the development and evaluation of school-based social and emotional learning programming for children, teachers, and families. Dr. O’Bryon has a doctorate in psychology and experience providing school psychological services to preschool through high school-age students in both English and Spanish.

Bonni Jones

Bonni Jones is a Ph.D. student in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences department at Utah State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in computer programming and a secondary teaching certificate from Weber State University, Utah. She earned a master’s degree in education technology from Boise State University, Idaho. Bonni has taught in district, charter, and private K-12 schools. She has been an online teacher in both K-12 and university settings. She has taught math, computer programming, financial literacy, video and audio production, and integration of innovation and technology in education. She has provided edtech expertise at her schools and has led the way in the adoption of technology. Bonni has published work on professional development and change readiness in education. She is conducting research on change readiness, math anxiety, and gamification. She is developing a self-directed play-based math curriculum.

James Sanders

James Sanders is the Product Marketing Manager at Unruly Studios, where he champions the transformative potential of Unruly Math and Unruly Code for K-12 education. With over 15 years of experience in the field, James has helped introduce tools like Chromebooks, YouTube for Education, and Breakout EDU to schools. His efforts focus on empowering educators with innovative strategies to enhance learning and engagement in the classroom. His background in integrating technology into education is complemented by his background as the Founder and CEO of Breakout EDU, a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, and an Innovation Manager for KIPP Schools. James holds a master’s in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s in social studies from Western Washington University. Outside of his professional endeavors, he is passionate about photography and adventures with his young family.

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Unruly Studios

Unruly Math transforms K-5 math instruction into an active learning experience. This innovative supplemental math program gets students out of their seats and off screens with engaging, movement-based lessons. Through peer-to-peer collaboration using the Unruly Splats platform, Unruly Math reinforces foundational skills while boosting math confidence. It seamlessly integrates with your existing curriculum with 80 standards-aligned activities.

The Unruly Splats platform can be utilized for various subject areas from STEAM, to math, to ELA, making it the perfect tool to create engaging summer programs for students and teachers. Splats are made to be stomped on and are compatible with iPad and Chromebook.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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