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Patterns & Algebra

PRIME is a professional development system for teachers and administrators, designed to increase teacher understanding of mathematics, through courses and accompanying resources.

PRIME is implemented through two types of strand-based courses; teacher courses, and facilitator courses. Patterns and Algebra Strand Courses for Teachers and for Facilitators are being held nationally. Please click here for the current course schedule.

Patterns and Algebra Teacher Course:
  • Helps teachers to build their own understanding of math content
  • Introduces teachers to the PRIME Developmental Maps and Tools
  • Shows teachers how to determine where students are in their mathematics understanding using the Developmental Maps
  • Provides strategies to move students forward and to differentiate instruction
Who should attend:
K-8 teachers or 7-12 teachers

Course Length:
Two days

Training Delivered By:
A District Facilitator who has completed a PRIME Facilitator Course in the relevant strand or a Nelson Education Facilitator.

One Patterns and Algebra kit per participant.

Patterns and Algebra Facilitator Course:
  • Uses a "Train-the-Trainer" model
  • Teaches facilitators how to train other teachers in their district
  • Features in-depth training to develop expertise to share with peers
  • Builds district capacity by giving facilitators the ability to deliver training to teachers within their districts
Who should attend:
Mathematics consultants, department heads, lead teachers, mentors, coaches, special education teachers, and key teachers with enthusiasm for lifelong learning in mathematics.

Course Length:
Three days

Training Delivered By:
Nelson Education Facilitator

One Patterns and Algebra kit per participant. One Patterns and Algebra facilitator guide per participant.
In addition to courses and resources for the five strands of the mathematics curriculum, PRIME also features a School Mathematics Improvement Course.