Math Landscapes Summer 2017
Landscapes of Learning Mathematics I: Addition and Subtraction & II: Multiplication and Division
Professional Development for P-8 Teachers, Coaches & Supervisors.
July 10 & 11, and 12 & 13; 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, SAMC 259
The WNY Master Teacher program is excited to offer this set of minicourses that focus on developing students’ numerical understanding and fluency, and operational thinking across the elementary and middle grades. Landscapes III & IV build on these ideas with a focus on developing students’ understanding and fluency with fractions and fostering algebraic thinking across the elementary and middle grades. Common Core content development across the grade levels will provide opportunities for teachers to work together, share their thinking, and enhance their conceptual understanding of mathematical content. The framework of a landscape of learning* that encompasses big ideas, strategies, and models is central to the work we will engage in as is the perspective that students’ mathematical thinking best develops through a progression that begins with contexts or concrete tasks followed by pictorial representations and that culminates in abstract perspectives. Each participant will receive a CTLE certificate for 12 hours of professional development per minicourse. First-time participants will also receive a set of 6 large dry-erase boards (24x32) for small group work presentation. Coffee and snacks will be served each morning and Panera lunch will be provided each day.
Landscapes I: July 10 & 11 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Science and Math Complex 259
Number Sense, Addition and Subtraction
From counting and cardinality through place value, this minicourse will look at the big ideas relating to number, addition & subtraction from whole numbers to fractions, the strategies students utilize in developing those big ideas, and models that promote concrete understanding. Our discussions will focus on sharing classroom practices that foster students’ growth across the landscape and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented. Number talks, number strings, tape diagrams, tools for thinking including the rekenrek and Digi-Blocks, all will be an integral part of the course as we consider how best to develop students conceptual understanding in concrete and pictorial representations and that lead to more abstract thinking. The content in Landscapes I will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes II.
Landscapes II: July 12 & 13 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Science and Math Complex 259
Multiplication & Division
Extending the discussion from Landscapes I, this minicourse will explore the landscape of learning for multiplication and division and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. Discussions will include use of area models and number lines for developing pictorial representations across the grade levels, as well as number talks, number strings, and other classroom practices for thinking about multiplication and division. Partitive and measurement models for division will be developed and extended from whole numbers to fractions. Discussions will focus on sharing classroom practices that foster students’ growth across the landscape and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented.
Landscapes III: July 17 & 18 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Science and Math Complex 259
The content in Landscapes II will be the basis for development of ideas central to the focus of Landscapes III. That said, new participants are welcome! We will build on previous work with multiplication and division as we explore changes to traditional instruction on fractions in the Common Core standards. For example, we will explore the new conception of fractions as measures, unit fractions as building blocks for fractions and whole numbers through the processes of partitioning and iterating, and the conceptual underpinnings of fraction arithmetic. We will also examine how models such as number bonds, ratio tables, bar models and area models naturally extend from whole numbers to fractions.
Landscapes IV: July 19 & 20 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Science and Math Complex 259
Extending the discussion from Landscapes I, II & III, this minicourse will explore the landscape of learning for algebra and the associated big ideas, strategies, and models. Again, new participants are welcome! Discussions will focus on fostering a conceptual understanding of equality and variable, the generalization of numeric relationships and properties, patterning, and functional thinking. Models that have been introduced in Landscapes I, II & III will be further developed through a concrete-pictorial-abstract progression. We will also share classroom practices that foster algebraic reasoning and take advantage of the range of grade level perspectives that will be represented.
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*The landscape of learning model is based on the work of Catherine Fosnot as documented in her Young Mathematicians at Work series.
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