Shelly Renae Scheafer
Fostering Early Numeracy Education
The objective of this proposal is to acquire and share knowledge regarding early numeracy development, appropriate instruction, and early identification of at-risk students. It is the shared vision of a school community that makes the greatest school impact on student success. After seeing firsthand the results of a focused early literacy emphasis, I plan to be a pivotal player in bringing the same dedication to early numeracy. My plan is two-fold: 1) teach classes on fostering the development of early numeracy and 2) help my district move forward with a Response to Intervention (RtI) plan for mathematics. It's not enough for teachers to have great learning activities; teachers need to understand the why behind the activity in order to scaffold instruction to meet the needs of all learners. I believe much can be done in the regular classroom if teachers have the right tools for early identification and instruction.