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Exploring Spatial Reasoning in Grades K-3

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Facilitator(s): Karen Campbell
Date:March 09, 2018
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
$150.00 (includes a complimentary copy of the Taking Shape book)
(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: 18-MA-176

Target Audience

Grades K-3 Teachers, Math Coaches and Administrators

Seats are limited! Register early to guarantee your spot!

About this learning opportunity

Did you know that spatial reasoning is an important predictor of school achievement and has a direct impact on STEM related careers? While we talk about spatial reasoning, what does the term really mean?

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the research findings and how critically important developing spatial reasoning is to overall student achievement and success. This highly interactive session focuses on five key strands related to geometry and spatial reasoning:

  • Symmetry
  • Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Two-Dimensional Figures
  • Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Three-Dimensional Objects
  • Locating, Orienting, Mapping, and Coding
  • Perspective Taking

At the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of young children’s geometry and spatial reasoning abilities
  • Support early years educators in creating engaging learning environments that support purposeful play
  • Explore the place and relation of geometry and spatial reasoning in the broader math curriculum
  • Connections to Alberta Math K-2 curriculum

As well, you will receive a complimentary copy of the Taking Shape: Activities to Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking resource. 

Authors: Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, Zachary Hawes

Enrich Your Geometry Curriculum and Extend Your Students’ Spatial Reasoning

Research shows that children with good spatial skills perform better in mathematics overall. This research-based resource is a unique blend of professional learning and classroom activities.

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

About the facilitator(s)

Karen Campbell has worked in education in Saskatchewan for over 30 years in a range of positions, both at the school and system levels. At the school level, she has held the positions of teacher (a variety of grades from K–9), special education teacher, and teacher-librarian. At a system level, Karen worked as an Elementary Math Consultant for several years, before taking on the role as Coordinator and them Learning Superintendent. Karen has a passion for student learning, creating conditions for students to feel they are mathematicians. Karen has facilitated numerous Math Makes Sense PD workshops and is now engaged with Pearson facilitating Taking Shape and What To Look For PD courses.

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