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One of the Mathematics Teaching Practices from NCTM’s “Principles to Actions” is to implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem-solving. Effective teaching of mathematics facilitates discourse among learners to build shared understanding of mathematical ideas by analyzing and comparing approaches and arguments.
In this workshop, we will discuss how one might implement and facilitate tasks that promote productive discussions to strengthen the teaching and learning of mathematics. We will explore types of tasks that encourage mathematical flexibility to show what students know in more than one way.
Questions we will consider include:
By the end of the workshop, participants should be comfortable:
This workshop is available in a one-day format using TI-Nspire™ technology.
This workshop could be offered in conjunction with the following T³™ workshops:
Participants will join in discussions and activities focused on:
This workshop models strategies for engaging students in rich mathematical reasoning and problem-solving. It aligns strongly with the principles of productive struggle and conceptual development, investigating connections between multiple problem-solving strategies.
|Task Selection and Ordering||
Criteria of rich tasks and key components in their construction
Strategies for adapting tasks such as de-scaffolding, contextualizing, moving away from worksheets and opening up problems
|Classroom Norms and Culture||
Establishing a non-threatening environment for a growth mindset in learning and investigation