Math served up one small bite at a time!
For the next four months, we are serving up small, bite-sized virtual professional learning sessions covering a variety of topics. These complimentary sessions are 45 minutes each and are offered at two different times to accommodate your schedule. Look below to see our calendar of topics for the whole series!
The four topics we are serving include:
- Connecting Mathematical Representations and Models
This session highlights the importance of using multiple models to develop a strong conceptual understanding of Mathematics. Participants explore the perceptual features of various models and consider the strengths and weaknesses of each model. They will be able to determine how well a model fits the mathematical ideas it intends to convey and begin monitoring how their use of models in the classroom supports or interferes with student understanding of mathematical ideas.
- Tasks that promote reasoning and Number Sense
Rich, open-ended mathematical tasks are the starting point to encouraging students to think deeply about the mathematics. Encouraging students to reflect on their thinking by creating a ‘thinkering map’ assists students in persevering through the process. Teachers also use the map to monitor student progress and adjustments to instruction.
- Seeing Fact Fluency with Understanding
Fluency is more than memorization of isolated facts. Students need to see connections between facts and visual models to help form a ‘mind picture’ that connects to a thinking strategy. This session will utilize powerful visual aids and games that help students to master the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts – with understanding! To be fluent, students are expected to have a robust sense of number and be able to communicate their thinking and reasoning.
- Let them Struggle: Fostering a Classroom Rich in Discourse
Gain a deeper understanding of a classroom rich in discourse and struggle through the use of tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving. Instructional strategies of questioning, metacognition, and self-reflection will be explored. Let students struggle and be intentional with your instructional strategies.
Register for these virtual sessions using the links below (all times are in mountain time).
October 21, 2020
Connecting Mathematical Representations and Models
November 18, 2020
Tasks that promote Reasoning and Number Sense
December 16, 2020
Seeing Fact Fluency with Understanding – Not Gimmicks
January 20, 2021
Let them Struggle: Fostering a Classroom Rich in Discourse
Attendance in the book study is not prerequisite to attend these bite sized sessions. CE credits will be offered to those who attend at least 2 sessions.