Learning Opportunity

50th MCATA Conference: Pursuing the Roads Less Traveled

This session has been completed.
Date:October 21, 2011
Time:9:00 am to 3:30 pm MTN
Location: Enoch (Marriott at the River Cree Resort)
300 East Lapotac Blvd.
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Session Code: 11ATA MA-Oct21
Focus: Mathematics and Numeracy

About this Learning Opportunity


Dan Meyer

Title: Patient Problem Solvers Our students like to solve problems they've already seen. They like seeing steps laid out in the text of a problem. They are impatient with new problems. That impatience owes to a curriculum that is too helpful, that does too much for our students, and asks them for too little. We will define the tools, skills, and habits of the modern curriculum designer, someone who can convert any interesting thing into a challenge for her students. We will emphasize the multimedia and modern technology essential to patient problem solving.

Title: Math Curriculum Makeover Extending an earlier keynote address, we will attempt to answer three questions: why do we assign math application problems, why do our students hate them, and what can we do about it? Over the course of this session, participants will learn skills for designing new curriculum and adapting existing curriculum for student engagement and challenge.

David Coffey

Title: Signposts Along the Roads Less Traveled Our present education systems are often antiquated and ineffectual.

Exploring new approaches to teaching and learning mathematics is necessary but not sufficient. Teachers leading the exploration of these new, less traveled roads need signposts to ensure meaningful progress.

This presentation identifies certain signposts that teachers might consider as they explore enhancing teaching, learning, and understanding mathematics.

Making Mathematical Thinking Visible - Metacognitive Memoirs Metacognition is the awareness of one's thinking. Memoir is a genre usually referring to a piece of autobiographical writing focusing on some problematic event. Together they represent a powerful tool for helping learners experience what it means to do mathematics by thinking about and communicating their efforts to others. In this session we explore how creative writing supports creative thinking in mathematics - certainly a road less traveled.