Allison Fitzgibbon

2019 MassHOPE Convention Speaker

Speaker Bio

Allison Fitzgibbon earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with teacher licensure from Roanoke College in 2003.  She has taught in public and private schools in several states and now teaches her two children at home.  Allison is a military spouse and as a result moves frequently living in five different states over the past ten years. Allison has recently founded a homeschool organization in Savannah Georgia, that creates extracurricular opportunities for homeschoolers in her area.  Allison enjoys hiking, camping, and board games. A native of Massachusetts, Allison is an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan

Speaker Workshops

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You CAN Be a Great Math Teacher

Maybe you struggled with math, so how do you choose a curriculum to avoid the same fate for your child? Maybe you are really good in math but are unsure how to teach it now? Should you include manipulatives or not? What DOES it take to be the best teacher for your child? Find out the science and the art of teaching math. It is a science because much research has been done on how children learn, especially in math. It is an art because each child is different and lessons need to be tweaked. Come learn and be encouraged to become a great math teacher.

The Importance of Counting and Place Value

Should we have our children count everything? What happens when they run out of fingers? And how in the world do we use counting with four-digit addition? Come to this workshop and learn effective and efficient ways to recognize quantities, understand place value, and master addition and subtraction.

Fractions: Misunderstood by Most

Fractions are often misunderstood and feared by children and parents. Come to this presentation and find a better and clearer way of teaching fractions. Fractions are, dare I say, fun when they are taught the right way. What’s the right way to teach them? Come and uncover the beauty and simplicity of fractions.

Building a Solid Math Foundation

Who is going to build a house by starting with the walls? Without a solid foundation, those walls may hold up for a bit but eventually will come crashing down. Math is a lot like building a house. We need to start with a strong foundation and build up from there. It doesn’t have to be hard! Come and see how easy it is to teach math.

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