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Thursday, February 27 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A Case for Personal Algorithms

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Once students master their counting principles and "join-in" and "separate-out" skills, they learn addition and subtraction (and multiplication and division). Counting principles and "join-in/separate-out" are concrete operations while "common" algorithms for addition/subtraction (multiplication/division) are abstract and symbolic. Personal algorithms are pictorial and representational, forming a bridge from the concrete to the abstract. The session will explore different personal algorithms and how teachers may help students develop their thinking to reach an efficient and effective "common" algorithm. As a tangent, the session will also challenge the myth of there being one "common" algorithm.

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Neil Fenske

Instructor, Concordia University of Edmonton
Neil retired from full-time service to students in 2016 and now teaches part-time at Concordia University of Edmonton in their B.Ed. After Degree and Masters programs. Prior to retiring, he served as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Executive Director of Assessment with Alberta... Read More →

Thursday February 27, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
(Westin - Leduc Room)