Today, a number of teachers across the division participated in the Multiplicative Thinking professional learning session with Keith Van De Keere, a Math consultant with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium.
Teachers were at the Division Office to see how they could further change the math culture of the classroom, how to empower their students to act and think like mathematicians and how to ask powerful questions when responding and guiding student learning. It is important for teachers to orchestrate math learning experiences that create puzzlement and stimulate conversations about the Big Ideas in Math. This helps students to understand the math, appreciate what it can do for them, recognize when it can be used and choose to use it as a tool in their world.
It is essential that students have personal number sense and strong numeracy skills since Math is seeing relationships and developing strategies to problem solve effectively. Teachers see themselves in a role to:
o produce mathematicians; not reproduce math.
o support the student; not fix the math.
o develop a vibrant culture of learning rather than one of dependence and procedures.
Overall, the important steps that mathematicians take are organizing their thinking, making mistakes and keeping on thinking, looking for more than one way to solve a problem, proving a strategy works by using another strategy to get the same result, meeting and sharing ideas with others, and giving feedback to others to help them improve their thinking.
It was a great day of learning filled with ‘light bulb’ moments and deep thinking.