Spatial Thinking in Your Math Program

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Facilitator(s): Diane Stang
This is a multi-day event.
Day 1Oct 07, 2020 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT)
Day 2Oct 14, 2020 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT)
Day 3Oct 21, 2020 (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MDT)
$75.00 (CAD)
Location: Virtual
Course code: 21-MA-145

Target Audience


About this learning opportunity

This series of three 2-hour online learning sessions will help educators engage students in Mathematics (primary grades).

Research shows that spatial reasoning is critical to mathematical thinking, and better predicts future math success than verbal and math skills. It also plays an integral role in all math strands and supports the development of visualization in the current Alberta curriculum and the essential understanding of spatial relationships and visualization in the proposed Alberta curriculum. This practical three-part workshop offers a fascinating overview of spatial reasoning, with virtual simulations to explore your own spatial reasoning abilities. It also offers several spatial reasoning and visualization activities that can immediately be integrated into existing math programs, and presented either virtually or in the classroom. Included are creative ideas for delivering virtual and in-class ‘Spatial Math Talks and Challenges’ that further develop students’ spatial thinking in an engaging manner. You will leave with ideas to use in your students in the very next math class.

About the facilitator(s)

Diane Stang has been an educator for over 40 years, working in various roles in the public and private sector. She began her career as a classroom and special education teacher in Ontario and British Columbia, and later was a resource coach at the school board level.  Diane also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education, supporting educators across the province in literacy and mathematics. Some special areas of focus have been supporting students with learning disabilities, and developing students’ and educators’ spatial reasoning skills to better understand math. Presently, she is a national math consultant for Scholastic Education Canada, and offers engaging presentations and workshops on various educational topics, both online and at conferences.

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