Finding Common Ground
This is a multi-day event.
(includes full materials package, 2 days lunch and morning refreshments)
Grande Prairie (Grande Prairie Regional College)
10726 106 Avenue
|Course code:||12NRLC - Aug 21/24 12|
Who should attend
Classroom Teachers, Coaches, Lead Teachers, Learning Coaches, Instructional Leaders
About this learning opportunity
Finding Common Ground is a framework for planning instruction and assessment that focuses on process skills. It has emerged from a long term study of teaching mathematics and what constitutes evidence of mathematical reasoning.
A student once told me: If you can learn mathematics, you can learn anything.
That is the understanding that Finding Common Ground has uncovered. This framework applies to teaching across grades and across the disciplines. For that reason you are invited to bring curriculums from the 4 major disciplines: math, socials, science and LA. Our focus will be on applying what we are learning about assessing thinking in mathematics to assessing reasoning across the disciplines.
Each day will be scheduled around:
Whole group study which will focus on using the Framework to plan teaching, assessing and coaching, studying samples of student work that highlight specific levels of reasoning (these can be used in the classroom or in pd activities) , checklists and rubrics for providing specific feedback to engage students in self evaluation and a trajectory for monitoring and evaluating the development of thinking skills (this will include the critical components of instruction that lead to the development of reasoning)
Time to study how reasoning develops from K to Junior High.
Working groups: Time to reflect and collaborate in small groups to plan for your coming year. The materials package will include video, ppt., pictures, student samples and problems, grade specific planning maps for mathematical topics and grades to provide you supports for planning instruction, assessment or coaching components.
Time to reflect, process and plan.
Mini Sessions: Throughout the 3 days there will be ad hoc, mini sessions offered. Themes might include identifying and tracking the development of multiplicative reasoning, models that matter across the grades, why teachers struggle with place value how to correct their misconceptions, the critical role of number properties, why measurement matters, observational rubrics for coaching and teaching, planning and practicing coaching conversations.
Optional Time you may choose to fill in gaps or wrestle with content.