What the Heck?
A Rekenrek is a math tool that is used to teach a range of strategies for addition and subtraction. It encourages students to work with the structure of five, and making tens, which leads to fluency to ten and twenty. It is listed on Engage NY as one of the concrete models to use in the modules found in “A Story of Units.” Each participant will make a class set of student Rekenreks and learn how to effectively use them with their students. The Rekenrek has become a key tool for teachers in the Netherlands, one of the top performing countries in math education in the world. Learn what makes this mathematical model so compelling for young learners, and so powerful for the development of their mathematical understanding!
Audience: Grades 1 and 2, AIS and Special Education Teachers