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Developing Understanding of Equality and Making Additive Thinking a Reality in Grades K-3

Facilitator(s): Ulana Soletsky
Date:December 15, 2016
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 17-MA-096

Target Audience

Grades K-3 Teachers, Administrators, Math Leads/Coaches

About this learning opportunity

Did you know that misconceptions about the meaning of the equal sign could interfere with students’ ability to develop and maintain both fluency and accuracy as they practice the number operations?

The Alberta curriculum introduces the equal sign in the primary years because understanding equality forms the foundation for flexibility with number sense. In order to minimize inefficient counting strategies, this session will explore a variety of additive strategies, ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding and strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations through the examination of student exemplars. 

You will walk away with resources and strategies you can use in your classroom right away.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Ulana Soletsky was a classroom teacher for 26 years and for the past 7 years has held the position of Math Facilitator, Math Coordinator, A.I.S.I. Coordinator and most recently Numeracy Coordinator for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools.  During the past 7 years she has also worked directly with the Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium offering Professional Development in the area of Math and Numeracy. A key component of her work involves collaboration with school administration teams and at-elbow support to K-9 teachers in the area of Math and Numeracy. Her focus is primarily around curriculum support as well as planning for staff development and school improvement. Ulana demonstrates passion about education, and wants to see all students experience motivation and success in mathematics and as a result become numerate members of society. 

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