3-5 Numeracy Academy

Proven strategies for helping students develop flexibility with numbers and increased number sense

This course is a step-by-step program designed to teach you a new way of thinking about and doing math. Watch your students' understanding and engagement soar as you implement these new strategies. In no time, both you and your students will love math!
teacher and students doing math

I've been there, done that!

Your struggles are real! I know, because I had them, too. You have students who don't understand numbers. Students who can't reason mathematically and can't see the patterns and relationships. You're tired of patching together your own professional learning from books and blog posts. How would you like to have a comprehensive, step-by-step process for helping your students develop that elusive thing we call number sense? Read on, because I think you're in the right place!

Is this course for you?

Before I dive into the details, you might be wondering if this course is right for you. So who are you? You are on a quest to provide your students with the best possible math instruction. You're hungry for new ideas and frustrated with the status quo. You are constantly seeking to improve and use best practices in your classroom.
  • You are a 3-5 teacher frustrated by your students' lack of number sense. You know there has to be a better way to teach and reach your students.

  • You are an instructional coach looking for strategies you can share with your teachers to bring about systemic change on your campus.

  • You are an interventionist trying to understand and fill the gaps in your students' math learning.

By the end of this course, you will...

  • Have a blueprint for creating a supportive and safe mathematical culture in your classroom

  • Understand the vertical progression for developing whole number and fraction numeracy skills from 3rd through 5th grade

  • Have the tools to switch from rote memorization of basic facts to teaching with a strategy-based approach

  • Be ready to lead math talks in your classroom as your students share flexible strategies for multi-digit multiplication and division

  • Have strategies for teaching fraction concepts with deep understanding

  • Have ready-to-go activities to use in your classroom

  • Quite frankly, have a new enthusiasm and joy for teaching math!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • A Welcome from Donna

  • 2

    BONUS: Online Book Study and Q & A Sessions

    • All the details for the optional book study and Q & A sessions!

    • Introduction and Chapter 1 Reading Notes

  • 3

    Module 1: Setting the Stage

    • Snapshot

    • Why is Mathematics Instruction Changing?

    • The Mindset of a Mathematician

    • Embracing Strength-Based Teaching

    • The Role of Productive Struggle

    • Fostering Mathematical Communication

    • CRA: Building Blocks to Understanding

    • CRA Two Truths and a Lie Quiz

  • 4

    Module 2: Strategies for Multiplication and Division Facts

    • Snapshot

    • How and Why Has Basic Fact Instruction Changed?

    • Structures for Multiplication and Division Problems

    • Foundational Fact Sets

    • Derived Fact Strategies

    • Bonus: Open Middle Problems and Estimation 180

  • 5

    Module 3: Before the Standard Algorithm, Multiplication and Division

    • Snapshot

    • Developmental Steps Toward Procedural Fluency

    • Invented Strategies for Multiplication

    • Invented Strategies for Division

    • Building Understanding for the Standard Algorithm: Multiplication

    • Building Understanding for the Standard Algorithm: Division

    • Bonus: Three Act Tasks and Would You Rather Math

  • 6

    Module 4: Stepping Through the Fraction Standards

    • Snapshot

    • Fraction Fundamentals

    • Equivalent Fractions

    • Comparing Fractions

    • Computing with Fractions

    • Bonus: Which One Doesn’t Belong? and Fraction Splat

  • 7

    Course Wrap-Up

    • Message from Donna

What are others saying?

Lana K.

District K-5 Math Coordinator

LCISD absolutely loves Donna Boucher! For about 2 years, we have had the great privilege of having Donna present in our district for our K-5 math teachers on various topics, such as Numeracy and Guided Math. Donna is a math mastermind! Her training sessions combine the perfect amount of instruction and engagement. Teachers walk away from Donna’s sessions excited and motivated. Her sessions have been invaluable for our teachers. It’s exciting to see the content from Donna’s sessions come to life in our district!

Penny G.

4th/5th/6th Grade Teacher

Donna is very knowledgeable and communicates her ideas in a friendly accepting way. I learn so much about teaching math from her which makes me a better teacher for my students. Her materials are kid-centered and focused on the concepts.

Erin E.

4th Grade Teacher

I have been attending Donna's workshops for a while now, and I always look forward to her sessions. Her wealth of knowledge and delivery of content is interesting and so valuable to the classroom teacher. She also provides plenty of time to collaborate with colleagues. Donna makes herself available to you whenever you have questions and/or are uncertain of how to do something that's unfamiliar to you. Donna's expertise in math is valued and respected.

Pam H.

3rd-6th Grade Math Teacher

Donna’s blog has become a regular part of my lesson planning. She’s taught me to unpack standards and make sure my students understand strategies at the pictorial and concrete levels before they move into abstract thinking mode. I never teach a new lesson without consulting her!

What's Included?

This is truly a comprehensive course will all the supports you need to be successful!

  • Four modules with over 20 lessons

  • Over six hours of pre-recorded video

  • Downloadable PDF's with nearly every lesson

  • Activities to use in your classroom

  • Practice materials for you to try out new learning

  • A course completion certificate for 12 hours of professional learning

Bonus Materials

In addition to the comprehensive course materials, you'll receive these bonuses at no extra charge.

  • Live Q & A Sessions

    If you have questions during the course, I'll be here to answer them! Over the four weeks of the course and for two weeks after (a total of 6 weeks) you can join me for a weekly, live Q & A session.

  • Members-Only Facebook Group

    Collaboration is at the heart of learning. As a member of the K-2 Numeracy Academy, you'll be invited to join a members-only Facebook group. Ask questions, share successes, and make connections.

  • Lifetime Access to Course Materials

    Yes, lifetime! You know how it goes--you take a course in the summer, and with the time that passes before school starts, you experience brain drain. Come back to this course any time you need a refresher. You will also have access to any changes I make to the course.

NEW BONUS: Virtual Book Study

Join me on Zoom each week for six weeks as we meet and discuss Productive Math Struggle. 

Backed by a Risk-Free 14-Day Guarantee

I KNOW this will be the right course for you! But, just in case you feel that it's not, I offer a no-questions-asked refund policy. 

In the first 14 days, you will have access to the first two modules. If for any reason you don't feel that the course is a good fit for you, I'll happily refund your investment. 

You've got questions? I've got answers!

  • Do you accept purchase orders for the course registration?

    Yes! Email me directly at donna@mathcoachscorner.com and I'll get you all set up.

  • Do you offer group discounts for multiple registrants from the same school or district?

    Yes! Email me at donna@mathcoachscorner.com for more information.

  • Will I have immediate access to all the course materials?

    No. To allow you time to really interact with the course content, modules will be released a week apart.

  • Do I have to complete the modules as they are posted? What if I can't or fall behind?

    No problem at all! You can complete the modules at your own pace. Remember, you have lifetime access!

  • What if I need additional support with the course content?

    That's where your bonuses come in! You'll be part of an engaged, collaborative members-only Facebook group. In addition, you'll be able to join Donna for weekly, live Q & A sessions.

  • Will I receive a certificate of completion?

    Yes! When you finish the course, you will receive a certificate showing that you completed 12 hours of online learning.

  • Is this course appropriate for parents who want to help their children at home?

    Absolutely! Math instructional practices have changed dramatically since many parents were in school. This course will help you understand current practices better, which, in turn, will help you support your child.

Let's get started!

I'm so excited to work with you over the 6 weeks of this course!

The instructional strategies I teach in this course transformed my classroom! I saw students who were excited for math time and blossomed as mathematicians. As an instructional coach, I watched teachers go from feeling scared and defeated about teaching math to feeling confident and successful. Let's do this!