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Thursday, February 27 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Teaching for Conceptual Understanding: The PRODUCTIVE Struggle is Real!

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The 'aha' moments are why many teachers teach! We want students to 'get it', not just blindly follow a list of rules. But, how do we get there more consistently with more students? The answer can be as simple as changing a single lesson within a unit or cycle of study. In this session, you will learn how to collaboratively develop a conceptually-based lesson through the use of a high-cognitive-demand task that promotes productive struggle. We will talk about how to group students to maximize conceptual understanding, how to engage students through questioning, and what not to say/do to ensure we're not emptying tasks of their cognitive demand. Much like reading comprehension is key to success in literacy, understanding WHY a procedure works is key to success in numeracy. A single lesson can make the difference between blind obedience and sense-making in mathematics!

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Jane Gannon

Owner/Educational Math Consultant, Gannon Consulting
My 20 years of math education experience spans from the elementary to the post-secondary levels. I currently teach grades 8 and 9 math, and I am a member of the Edmonton School Division Teacher Collaborative Committee on Math. Over the past 20 years, in addition to teaching in the... Read More →

Thursday February 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
(Westin - Devonian Room) 10135 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N7