Professional Learning Modules

These modules have been designed to support those providing
Mathematics Professional learning for K – 12 educators
Each module contains a Presentation Guide, PowerPoint with script, and supporting materials.

Algebraic Reasoning as Equality, Representations and Proof
Equality, representations and proof are highlighted in this module.  Participants solve problems and examine the connections between and among these topics.  Problems that can be used in primary, junior and intermediate divisions are explored and discussed.

Algebraic Reasoning Through Functional Thinking
Generalizing relationships is highlighted in this session.  Participants solve problems and examine the connections between multiple representations of the same mathematics.  Samples of division specific problems are explored and discussed.

Proportional Reasoning – Absolute and Relative Thinking
This session explores concepts outlined Paying Attention to Proportional Reasoning (PAPR), particularly absolute and relative thinking. Participants solve problems and examine classroom activities that correlate to curriculum expectations in primary, junior and intermediate divisions.

Spatial Reasoning Overview
Through a variety of classroom ready activities, participants explore the skills of spatial reasoning.  They examine research and develop awareness of its importance as well as strategies to incorporate opportunities in their instructional practice for students to reason spatially.

Fractions

Ways We Use Fractions
Through a variety of professional learning and classroom ready activities participants will explore the multiple constructs of fractions (i.e., part-whole, part-part, measure/linear, quotient, operator) and gain an understanding of the importance of the context within fractions learning.

Unit Fractions
Through a variety of professional and classroom ready activities participants will gain a deeper understanding of unit fractions and fractions as a number. Discussion will highlight mathematical thinking and anticipated responses.

Comparing Fractions
Through a variety of classroom ready activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of purposeful selection of representations, foundations of equivalency and comparing fractions.  Using both participant and student thinking, discussion highlights mathematical thinking and anticipated responses.

Classroom Dynamics

Classroom Management
Through a variety of professional learning activities and the exploration of classroom strategies, participants will understand that careful attention to planning and the use of many strategies will enhance classroom management to develop an environment that optimizes student learning.

Classroom Set-Up
Participants will have an opportunity to consider the value of thoughtful planning of the classroom’s physical space in order to create effective and powerful learning environments. Prompts for discussion, classroom examples and opportunities for exploration will be provided.

Relationships for Learning
Through a variety of professional learning activities and the exploration of classroom strategies, participants will understand that careful attention to planning and the use of strategies will build relationships within their classrooms that “set the stage” for an atmosphere where curiosity is fostered and learning is celebrated.

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