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Friday, February 21 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
More than Paint by Numbers: What does it mean to develop Mathematical Competence?

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Math should always be both Challenging and Doable, but for too many kids, it is one or the other.

Our task as teachers is to build upon a base of Numeracy to introduce, explore, develop and refine new ideas in context... to help the learner make sense of the relationships between magnitude and multitude.

We have an intentional role in helping kids assemble all the moving parts into a fabric of Mathematical Understanding that lets them move from ‘Counting to Calculating’ and from ‘Representing to Reasoning’. 

Success in Math Class needs to be "Hard Fun".  How do we achieve that goal?

Reflective Experiences - By helping to expand the learners’ explicit understandings into implicit ideas, we help them to engage with a large variety of situations using a (relatively) small number of tools.

Hard Fun - By balancing the degree of challenge (in the math) with the knowledge and skills the student brings to the task, we help keep math interesting and full of wonder.

By building on a Progression of Learning, we can help the learners see that none of this is new; that creating deep, flexible understandings is a journey worth taking.

Math is More than Paint by Numbers. 

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Gerry Varty

For over 35 years, Gerry has been a classroom teacher, school and district leader, and tireless advocate for professional learning support. A leader in K-12 Mathematics education, Assessment, and Instructional Design initiatives, Gerry loves working with teachers to make success happen... Read More →

Friday February 21, 2020 2:15pm - 3:30pm MST