Enrollment Information  

Math Their Way® (MTW)
Grades TK-K-2

Course Description
The Mathematics Their Way course is designed to help teachers implement Mathematics Their Way in their classrooms. This program provides a manipulative-based, activity-centered approach to teaching mathematics as an alternative to textbooks and worksheets. The workshop emphasizes the implementation of the NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards. The workshop is run as a model classroom with teachers actively involved in the learning process. You will experience the activities during the workshop just as your students would.

Course Titles & Numbers
First time (Level I) participants:
EDM 201 A ­ Mathematics Their Way
Second time (Level II) participants:
EDM 203 A ­ Piaget in the Classroom
(A Level II Project is required.)

Course Text
Mathematics Their Way by Mary Baratta-Lorton

Materials to Bring on the first day...

  • crayons (basic 8 colors)
  • glue stick or equivalent
  • 1-1/2" x 2" picture of yourself
  • scissors
  • coffee mug and spoon (optional for tea or coffee)

On subsequent days...

  • assorted containers & scoops for measurement
  • 5 yds. heavy cotton string wrapped around pencil
  • single hole punch
  • 2 half-gallon milk or juice cartons
  • 10 paper clips (small or large)
  • 2 rubber bands (1 thick and 1 thin)
  • 1 wooden ruler for milk carton scale

Class Time Schedule
Each session is carefully planned and interrelated. You will need to be present for the entire time each day. For the days that have scheduled lunch breaks, you will need to bring a bag lunch unless places to eat are very close to the site. There will be a half-hour lunch break. (See acceptance letter for details.) There will be homework each day.

Participants are expected to attend all class sessions. Should a participant miss a class, s/he must make arrangements with the instructor to make up for the missed class. At the discretion of the instructor, a project may be required to make up for the missed time. Extended absence may result in an incomplete for the course.

Course Texts and other Materials
The course fee does not include the book for each course. You may take the workshop if you do not have a copy of the book. However, it is helpful to have access to a copy of it during the workshop. Books may be ordered through the Center's Materials Catalog, at the on-line store (www.center.edu) or by calling (800) 395-6088. If you are from out of town, you need not bring these additional materials.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the workshop.
  • A cancellation fee of $25 per person will be charged.
  • Cancellations received after the deadline will not receive a refund.

Please allow 4 weeks for us to process your refund.

Cancelled Workshops
The Center regrets that it is sometimes necessary to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances. Participants from cancelled workshops will be notified by telephone or mail prior to the first day of the workshop and will receive a full refund of paid enrollment fees.

Project for Level II Participants
If you have previously taken this workshop through Center Graduate College, you will be registered as a Level II student. To receive credit, you are expected to complete a project. Guidelines are as follows.

Pick one idea, area, or activity from your workshop or from the recommended text that you have experienced with students. Examples include: an activity in which students generated the data, organized it, and looked for patterns in a table or matrix; a graphing activity; or a science investigation.

Describe in writing:

  • its purpose (e.g., math concepts used)
  • how you introduced the idea or activity
  • how the children responded
  • anything you might do differently next time

Label the project with your name, course number, course title, and date completed. You may include pictures of students doing the activity and samples of their work.

Give the project to the instructor during the workshop. Verify with the instructor that your name is checked off the official class list as having turned in a project. Projects will not be returned. Do not mail your project to the Center before the workshop.

Participants who do not submit their projects before the end of the workshop will receive an "incomplete" on their transcript. The incomplete grade remains on the transcript until the Center receives the required project. Projects completed after the last day of the class must be mailed to the Center for Innovation in Education.

Credit Information


  • No additional fee
  • 3 semester units of graduate credit for workshops and follow-up courses
  • Center Graduate College is a California approved institution
  • Apply for credit at the workshop


  • No additional fee
  • 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for workshops
  • 2 continuing education units (CEUs) for follow-up courses
  • Apply for credit at the workshop


  • 3 units of professional development for workshops
  • 2 units of professional development for follow-up courses
  • $225 credit fee payable directly to LMU
  • Enrollees will receive an LMU information sheet listing assignment criteria
  • LMU is accredited by WASC* and CSCTC**
  • Units are university extension semester units for Postbaccalaureate Professional Development
  • See enclosed brochure and application
Direct your questions about LMU units to:
LMU Professional Development
Institute for Educators
6444 E. Spring St. Room 285
Long Beach, CA 90815-1500
Phone: (310) 338-1971
Fax: (310) 338-2706

Each of the fifty states and the many districts within each state differ in their policies for acceptability of units of credit. Check with either your district or state officials in advance of the workshop to determine whether any of the available credit options will serve the purpose for which you intend them. Participants may make any arrangements they wish with local colleges or universities for the transferability of credit for work successfully completed.

Neither Center Graduate College nor LMU is authorized to issue units of academic credit for workshops taken in the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma or Pennsylvania. Center Graduate College's units of credit are not accepted in Kansas and North Dakota. In the nine states mentioned above, LMU has other credit options. For details, call LMU at (310) 338-1971.

Participants wishing to attend the workshop on an audit basis may do so. The fee for audit is the same as that for CEUs and Center Graduate College credit.

* WASC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges

** CSCTC - California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing Direct