Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 09:00 to Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:00
Join us for our special, 2-day summer institute! Read on to see what each day offers and sign up below.
- Confidence Building in Math Class
The confidence that students gain by succeeding in math can have positive effects in other parts of their lives. We will experience the power of guided discovery, scaffolded instruction, varied practice, incremental challenge and continuous assessment through confidence-building exercises that can be used in any classroom.
- Numeracy Skill Building (Part 1)
We will examine the intentional exploration of numerical magnitude, representation, and counting patterns that helps learners develop confidence, counting fluency, and flexibility with numbers. The interactions that strengthen their sense of how big or small a number also help them become familiar with the way numbers interact; they can begin to make simple calculations quickly and effectively. It is our goal to support learners as they begin to build a strong mathematical framework that includes computational fluency and the application of concepts, as well as number sense and number facts.
- Effective Use of Technology in the Mathematics Classroom (Part 1)
Both teachers and students benefit from the effective use of technology in their mathematics classrooms. We will look at tools for assessing understanding, and for supporting and advancing mathematical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication. Effective selection of tools can clarify, stimulate interest, and increase proficiency in mathematics; we will look at how to evaluate which tech tools move us and our students forward. Teachers will have hands-on opportunities to explore tools!
- Classroom Games
Playing games in the classroom helps learners of all ages to develop the skills necessary for independent, flexible and creative problem solving. Game-playing can: focus attention on new mathematical concepts or ideas; provide opportunities to experiment with different perspectives and options; develop critical, creative and strategic thinking and; facilitate co-operation, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Games have the added benefit of improving mathematical communication skills while improving computational fluency and spatial thinking. We will explore a number of JUMP Math and commercially available games that can be used in any grade-level classroom.
- Math & Literacy (Part 1)
“The Dot” by Peter Reynolds – the picture book, the song, and the “International Dot Day” event that can involve and excite the whole school with a fresh passion for spatial awareness. This story also has a very strong message about responding positively to a challenge, taking risks and planning first and next steps, and assuming ownership of accomplishment. Join us for an engaging connection of Math and Literacy.
- Problem Solving in All Classrooms
Educators must teach students to not only solve problems, but to learn and use a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems. Too often though, students develop procedural fluency, but lack the conceptual understanding necessary for solving novel problems. We will explore the nature of problem solving, reflect on how learners understand math, and learn how the use of instructional rituals can improve the ability of learners to organize their thinking, recognize and apply their knowledge and make connections between mathematical ideas, so that they can work through problems independently.
- Numeracy Skill Building (Part 2)
We will examine opportunities that encourage students see the number patterns and connections that will help them develop automaticity, make appropriate estimates and predictions, and become empowered mathematical decision-makers. Frequent interaction with number facts, followed by incrementally harder challenges, helps students build confidence, computational fluency, and flexibility with numbers. It is our goal to support students as they discover their own skills, strength, and resilience for solving complex mathematical problems.
- Effective Use of Technology in the Mathematics Classroom (Part 2)
We will look at considerations for thinking critically about tech tools, with a focus on Spec Ed/ELL considerations. We will also explore, through a hands-on approach, SMART tools and whiteboard use of digital projectables, and on-line games and problem-solving resources.
- Parent Engagement and Home Games
Parents play an important role in supporting the development of mathematical thinking in learners. We will learn practical strategies for effective communication with parents in order to increase parent engagement in, and support of school initiatives. We will also explore a number of home activities that can be used to reinforce skills learned in school.
- Math & Literacy (Part 2)
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett– novel (appropriate for independent reading above Grade ¾, also a great read aloud at any age). This novel has terrific opportunities for frequent discussions about mapping, sequential re-tell, and counting.
Mohawk College Residence & Conference Centre
245 Fennell Avenue West