GECDSB School Based Learning Sessions (SBL)
Tuesday February 7th, 2017
Thanks for inviting Andrea and I to learn with you on your school based learning day! The group was energetic and excited to learn about meaningful manipulative use, spatial reasoning, the progression of multiplication and concreteness fading!
Here’s a summary of what we explored today:
The GECDSB Mathematics Strategy
The full GECDSB Mathematics Vision is here.
Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning
Warm-Up: How Do You See the Dots?
We did a quick Dot-Card warm-up asking you to visualize how you saw a series of dots on the screen. We went around the table and it seemed that everyone had a different perspective.
Here’s some of the ways you might have visualized the dots:
A Progression of Counting and Quantity Having spent the majority of my professional life teaching secondary math and mentoring intermediate (grades 7 to 10) math teachers, my new role as K-12 math consultant has led to a wealth of knowledge that I wish I had during my years spent in the classroom. My conversations about student learning needs with intermediate and senior math teachers always se...
We then explored the progression of multiplication from arrays and area models to the standard algorithm.
For a full summary, see the post below.
Arrays and Area Models to The Standard Algorithm Did you know that the words "array" and "area model" appear in the Grade 1-8 Math Curriculum a combined 22 times? Not only do arrays and area models help to support the development of proportional reasoning when we formally introduce multiplication in primary, but they also help us understand how to develop strategies that lead to building numbe...
We attempted to summarize the use of manipulatives on a continuum called “Concreteness Fading”. While the name suggests that concrete manipulatives fade away over time, it is important to remember that they fade away with one layer of abstraction and then reappear as a new layer is “piled” on.
Hope you folks found this professional learning experience useful. I’d be delighted to come back and learn alongside you all again sometime soon!