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Teaching Algebra with Meaning!

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Facilitator(s): Keith Van De Keere
Date:October 10, 2018
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: 19-MA-114

Target Audience

Grades 7-9 Math Teachers

About this learning opportunity

Algebra is often taught as being merely about moving numbers around and balancing equations. By teaching algebra this way, we ignore algebraic relationships and can often zoom right past the answer just to complete the procedure.

In this workshop, you will be asked to look at algebra in a very different light by using “jumping” on an open number line. We will look at the big ideas behind algebra and show how kids can both see and show the math rather than just memorize and reproduce a procedure.

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

About the facilitator(s)

Keith Van De Keere believes that when math teaching is focused on deep understanding of the big ideas, students have a better chance of experiencing enduring success, and teachers can better see the natural flow between teaching and assessment. To promote and support this kind of teaching, Keith is booked to do at least 100 demo lessons in classrooms during this school year. Each demo is followed up with lesson planning aimed at engaging students, impacting their level of understanding, and inviting them to see math as an investigation.

Keith asks the teachers he works with to aim for planning lessons that are infused with visual and verbal experiences for students. To this end, most lessons begin with either a visual and/or a contextual representation. Teachers then act as facilitators and “kid watchers” as the discussion revolves around the representations rather then just about numbers. They ask questions that keep the investigation moving forward and keep it in the hands of students. The focus is on understanding rather than having ways to get answers.

Keith has worked with Dr. Cathy Fosnot, who is a North American leader in constructivist learning and in changing the culture of math classrooms. In doing so, he has worked with K - 9 teachers and school divisions in Ontario, Manitoba, San Francisco and Hartford but does the majority of his work supporting teachers in north central Alberta.

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