Elementary Mathematics Professional Learning

Photo: This graphic illustrates the core goals this project aims to provide.

Alberta K-6 teachers are invited to participate in learning opportunities to enhance their confidence
and fluency in the teaching of mathematics.

Beginning in November 2015, a series of instructional and collaborative professional learning experiences will be offered through provincial webinars, regional opportunities, and a variety of technology-mediated resources. 

These experiences are designed to enhance:

  • Teacher understanding of mathematical content and conceptual relationships
  • Formative and summative assessment practice
  • Teacher-parent communication

Provincial learning Opportunities and resources, supported by your Regional Consortia and our Educational Partners will be available both synchronously and asynchronously for teacher access.

Resources being created are meant to support follow-up learning opportunities where teachers will continue the conversation and have opportunities for deeper and more personal reflection. Teachers will be invited to work collaboratively to develop instruction that:

  • Addresses the desired content (skill and knowledge) outcomes
  • Determines the degree of mastery and fluency that students should be able to show
  • Chooses appropriate resources and designs learning activities to help students

Guiding questions for participants to consider:

  • What do I want my students to learn? (based on the Alberta Programs of Study)
  • How will I know, track, evaluate and communicate how well they learned it?
  • What activities, resources, and structures will I select to further student understanding?

Planning Process: What goes on inside the head of a teacher as they plan a unit of instruction? The process of planning for instruction involves determining the answers to the above questions, but those answers are difficult to anticipate. Every teacher needs to factor in several local contextual variables such as:

  • Their own context understandings, pedagogical experience and awareness of learner needs
  • The strengths and weaknesses of their students; in terms of the subject at hand, and in terms of the social and cultural nature of the school
  • The impact of ‘outside’ influences, local contextual factors, and personal student environments

The graphic illustrates the core goals this project aims to provide:

  • Opportunities to enhance and develop the personal content expertise of the teacher
  • Assistance for teachers in further developing their ability to assess student mastery of skills and concepts, enhancing teacher ability to recognize and quantify student growth
  • Additions and refinements to the personal instructional practices of the teacher, enhancing their ability to choose appropriate activities and resources

Foundation Provincial Webinars:

  • Equality: November 2015
  • Operations: January 2015
  • Assessment: Febuary 2016
  • Instructional Practice: March 2016

Follow-up learning opportunities will be available to meet district and school needs.