Learning Opportunity

The Importance of Foundational Knowledge

This session has been completed.
Facilitator: John Mighton
Date:August 25, 2022
Time:4:00 pm to 5:00 pm MTN
No charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 22-MA-279
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Math Teachers, Administrators, Instructional coaches

About this Learning Opportunity

Until recently, many educators believed that teachers could empower students to become proficient problem solvers simply by teaching them strategies and giving them many opportunities to engage with rich problems. However, new research in the science of learning has shown that students are unlikely to become strong problem solvers in any subject if they lack foundational knowledge of essential facts and concepts that are specific to that subject. In math, this foundational knowledge includes knowledge of number facts and the ability to perform computations and do mental math. In this webinar John Mighton will explain how JUMP Math lessons use games and pattern-based activities to help students learn number facts in a fun and effective way. He will also present mental math exercises and explorations that help students develop a deep sense of the relationships between numbers and employ a variety of strategies to do calculations and solve problems.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • #2: Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • #3: Embodying Visionary Leadership

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

Dr. John Mighton is a playwright turned mathematician and author who founded JUMP Math as a charity in 2002. His work in fostering numeracy and in building children's self-confidence through success in math has been widely recognized. He has been named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, an Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Canada, an Ashoka Fellow, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received five honorary doctorates. John is also the recipient of many awards in education, including the WISE Award for innovation, the Margaret Sinclair Award, and the Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education. His work has been featured in Scientific American Mind and he has delivered keynotes at many educational and scientific conferences, including the Aspen Brain Forum. Dr. Mighton also played the role of Tom in the movie Good Will Hunting.