Moving Students from Arithmetic to Algebra
...one step at a time
In this course we will examine a continuum of student work from the Math Forum's Problems of the Week archive. Selected work will include a range of examples from "not knowing how to start" to "It's perfect. What could I possibly say to her?" We will consider specific ways to move students' thinking along this continuum.
We will experience assisting students in:
- Analyzing a problem quantitatively
- Using mathematical representations
- Recognizing generalization in these representations
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|| This moderated course will be led by Max Ray, Professional Collaboration Facilitator. It will take place online using Bb/Vista. The only technical requirements are a web browser and Internet access.|
Who: upper elementary and middle school teachers
When: New dates will be posted here soon for the next scheduled session.
January 15 - February 25, 2015
Registration closes at 5 pm EST on Thursday, January 15, 2015. There will be approximately 15 hours of seat-work involved in this course.
Credit: All individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 15 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
In this course you will:
- participate in activities designed to enhance your enjoyment of problem solving.
- develop an awareness of the rich mathematical possibilities in contextualized problems.
- learn more about the continuum from arithmetic to algebra.
- expand your experiences with student thinking.
- participate in an ongoing community of problem solving teachers.
Course activities will include:
- reading How Do I Focus the Conversation on the Mathematics?
- discussing understandings and questions about the readings.
- analyzing student thinking.
- reading How Do I Move the Conversation Toward Written Representations?
- reading and discussing Moving Toward Abstraction.
- sharing ideas and reflections with coursemates through online journals and discussions.
Please email me with any questions.
Max Ray, Professional Collaboration Facilitator