Traditional Algorithms

Greg Tang

Fee for the workshop is $209 (U.S.). Groups of 3 or more is $199 (U.S.) per person.

Lunch is included.

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Traditional algorithms – we were all raised on them. But with calculators everywhere, should we still teach them? Yes! They’re fast and efficient, and they also help students develop a better understanding of numbers, place value, measurement – even fractions. Teaching them well is a great way to develop strong computational skills and at the same time teach critical math concepts.

So what’s the secret to teaching traditional algorithms? It’s first giving kids a thorough understanding of place value. In this innovative, new workshop for K-8 teachers, Greg Tang introduces a revoluntionary approach to teaching place value that will test and stretch each teacher’s understanding of this fundamentally important subject. You’ll come away with a deeper, more satisfying understanding of numbers, place value, and traditional algorithms, and a proven model for teaching them algebraically rather than procedurally. Best of all, you’ll gain a new perspective on math, teaching, and maybe even thinking. Math – and you – will never be the same!

“I’m truly excited to teach this workshop. For too long people have been arguing about which algorithms are better – newer algorithms based on partials or traditional algorithms based on place-value. To be good in math, kids need both! They need to have number sense and a thorough understanding of what they’re doing, but they also need to be great computationally – especially with big numbers. I created my Go Fast Go Far program to develop number sense and mental math skills, and now I have created this new workshop to develop speed and efficiency.

“But the computational benefits are only the beginning. The benefit that comes from learning to think algebraically is even greater. My goal is never to teach a specific fact, equation, or algorithm; it is to teach a way of thinking that empowers students to solve problems of any kind. Traditional algorithms, together with place value, provide a perfect forum for developing this type of thinking. I invite you to join me for what promises to be an engaging, enlightening – even exciting – day of learning.”

Program Highlights:

Grouping and Regrouping Skills

  • Arithmetic in Other Bases
  • Measurement & Elapsed Time Problems
  • Fractions & Decimals

Developing Speed & Efficiency

  • Re-teaching Traditional Algorithms
  • Understanding Non-Traditional Algorithms
  • Math “Tricks” Made Meaningful

Re-Thinking Place Value

  • An Algebraic Approach to Bases
  • Alternative Value Systems
  • Assessing Conceptual Understanding
improve own understanding explain concepts more clearly lay foundation for higher skills intervene more effectively
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What You Will Learn:

  • Teach place value algebraically, not procedurally
  • Leverage place value to unlock the power of traditional algorithms
  • Use appropriate rather than confusing terminology
  • Differentiate between partials and place-value algorithms
  • Lay the groundwork for higher math by developing algebraic thinking early
  • Teach algebraically by focusing on concepts rather than specific problems
  • Assess conceptual rather than procedural knowledge
  • Develop critical math skills more systematically
  • Apply problem-solving techniques to your own life
  • Thoroughly enjoy math!

Who Should Attend?

All K-6 Classroom Teachers, Elementary Math Teachers, Resource Specialists and Curriculum Co-ordinators should attend.


Substitutions may be made at any time. All cancellations received the day of the seminar or afterwards are subject to a $15.00 service charge.

This Seminar Includes:

  • Door Prizes
  • Resource Handbook

University Credit:

½ unit of credit from Humboldt State University is available for an additional charge. These credential/ licensure courses offered are designed primarily for elective or professional development purposes. Clock hours may also be available – please check at the workshop. Verification of hours of participation will be provided for continuing education or recertification.

How To Register:

Call (800) 841-5193 ~ Or Use Our Online Registration Form: Either Mail, Fax, or Use Your Credit Card on Our Secure Server. MasterCard and Visa Accepted (US funds only).