Learning Opportunity

What Now? Addressing the Needs Exposed in Grade 1-3 Math

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: Ulana Soletsky
Date:March 23, 2022
Time:8:30 am to 11:30 am MTN
Location: St. Albert (Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools)
6 St. Vital Avenue
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Session Code: 22-DD-GSA-US-263
Face to Face
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy

Target Audience

Grade 2&3 Math Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

This session is to address the needs that have been found by the assessments completed for Alberta Education.  

Building a strong foundation in Number is critical for student success in Mathematics.  In this session you will be introduced to effective practices and tools one can use to build that foundation needed in developing Number sense.  

Fluency in mathematics means more than fast and accurate recall of facts. Yes, students must know their facts from memory, but learning them by memorization is not helpful. Memorization should be the result of understanding not at the cost of understanding.  Fluency is much more than facts and algorithms.   Being fluent means moving beyond basic facts to using reasoning and creativity with larger whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  In order to minimize inefficient counting strategies, this session will explore 3 strategies, ways of using manipulatives to develop deeper understanding, and strategies for moving from concrete to abstract representations.   We will focus on building conceptual understanding, reasonableness, and flexibility with our facts. As a result we will enable our students on this road called fluency.

All learning opportunities with the ERLC regional team will focus on the Alberta Education and district priority areas.

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
  • #3: Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge

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

About the Facilitator

Ulana Soletsky has been an educator for 37 years, and is passionate about all things that are math from Kindergarten to Grade 9. She spent 26 years in a classroom and for the past 11 years has held the position of AISI Coordinator, and most recently Math/Numeracy Consultant for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools. During the past 13 years she has also been seconded to the ERLC as a Consultant offering Professional Development in the area of Math and Numeracy, providing sessions primarily in the area of how we can get the best results in our math classrooms. A key component of her work at the school division level involves collaboration with school administration teams and at-elbow support to K-9 teachers. Her focus is primarily around curriculum support as well as planning for staff development and school improvement. She is a certified facilitator in the First Steps in Math and has provided PD in the Number, Number Operations, Measurement strands of First Steps in Math.