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Laura Gini-Newman

 
Creating a Thinking Mathematics Classroom: Transforming Learning in Mathematics through Critical Inquiry (K-12)
 
 
July 20-22, Niagara Falls
 
Aug 3-5, London 
 
Brief Description:
Critical inquiry plays a significant role in mathematics. Come learn more about putting thinking at the core of the mathematics classroom through a critical inquiry approach that naturally balances computational and procedural proficiency with quality mathematical thinking.
 
Detailed Description:
Critical inquiry plays a significant role in mathematics. When faced with problems to solve mathematicians routinely make reasoned judgments about what, and how to think recognizing the importance of the habits of mind for success -- perseverance, flexible and open-mindedness and paying close attention to details.  While thinking about mathematical concepts, procedures, strategies, tools, representations, and models, decisions are made through the use of criteria and appropriate evidence. To think like a mathematician is to think critically through the mathematical processes. By promoting, teaching and assessing critical thinking through the processes, teachers not only help students to learn to think like a mathematician, they ensure students think to learn about mathematics. By placing the quality of thinking at the core of learning mathematics while nurturing the habits of mind for success, teachers can make learning meaningful and engaging for both students and teachers. Come learn more about putting thinking at the core of the mathematics classroom through a critical inquiry approach that naturally balances computational and procedural proficiency with quality mathematical thinking.
 
In this Summer Institute, participants will be learning to…
  • frame questions and tasks as invitations to think critically about mathematics through the processes
  • construct conceptual understandings through the use of powerful thinking 
  • scaffold student learning by explicitly teaching and assessing intellectual tools
  • sequence questions and task to engage students in sustained mathematical inquiry supported by significant mathematical knowledge, understandings and competencies
  • promote increased levels of intellectual engagement for all students
 
 
 
 
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