Problem Solving in a Mathematically Literate Environment

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: David Costello
Date:January 05, 2022
Time:4:00 pm to 5:30 pm MTN
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-MA-107
Focus: Instructional Coaching Instructional Strategies Mathematics & Numeracy

Target Audience

Teachers K-9, School-based Administrators

Also Recommended For

Support staff, Instructional/Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers, District Leaders/Consultants, Educational/Instructional Assistants

About this Learning Opportunity

Problem solving is the focus in many classes; however, instruction must go beyond surface level. Too often, instruction seems to focus on the task or strategy selection. In a literate environment, instruction moves beyond strategy selection to ask not only "what strategy did you use" but also "why that strategy," "how did you know that strategy would work," and "what would you have done if that strategy didn't work?" In this session, I will share opportunities for how teachers can dig deeper into problem solving so that students are not only providing surface level responses, but are engaged in thinking that supports their understanding of not only the mathematical concepts but their journey throughout the problem solving experience. Teachers will be provided strategies that can be applied to instructional and assessment practices as well as concrete evidence of the use of this approach in the class.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #4: Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • #2: Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • #4: Establishing Inclusive Learning Environments

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

About the Facilitator

Dr. David Costello is an author who has recently published two books Making Math Stick: Classroom strategies that support the long-term retention of math concepts and Using What Works: Strategies for Developing a Literacy-Rich Environment in Math. David is a principal, who has held many roles. He taught in the primary division before assuming roles of numeracy interventionist, numeracy coach, numeracy leader, and curriculum consultant for Prince Edward Island. David has also instructed university courses focused on curriculum, differentiation, mathematics, and literacy. He facilitates professional learning sessions in the area of mathematics and school development.