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Friday, February 21 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
First we Understand: Using Visual Algebra and TrigOrigami, for instance…

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That simple word, the repetitive question of every five-year-old, is the key to unlocking the beauty of mathematics, but somehow, by High School, math is too often more about "finding answers" than about finding reasons. From the exciting beginnings of Early Numeracy, where we see the magic of pattern and order, math becomes a race to use algorithms, to apply formulas, to follow rules, to show your work, and to try mightily to avoid those costly 'stupid' mistakes...

It doesn't have to be that way.

All Math starts as a picture in your mind… a way to see the problem, a way to hold the numbers still while you look for the relationships that you can use to answer the question. As we move from more concrete to more abstract, for our learners to keep up with the shifts, they must do more than blindly try to match the 'right' algorithms to the 'right' problems …

First, we Understand.

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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 12:30pm - 1:45pm MST