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Teaching and Learning Mathematics through Problem Solving The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat Professional Learning Series Facilitator’s Handbook A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Kindergarten to Grade 6 (with reference to Volume Two)
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2 Aims of Numeracy Professional Learning Promote the belief that all students have learned some mathematics through their lived experiences in the world and that the mathematics classroom is one where students bring that thinking to their work Build teachers’ expertise at setting classroom conditions where students can move from their informal math understandings to generalizations and formal representations of their mathematical thinking Assist educators working with teachers of students in the junior division to implement student-focused instructional methods referenced in A Guide to Effective Instruction in Mathematics, Kindergarten to Grade 6 to improve student achievement
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3 Have teachers experience mathematical problem solving as a model of what effective math instruction entails by: collectively solving problems relevant to students’ lives that reflect the expectations in the Ontario mathematics curriculum viewing and discussing the thinking and strategies in the solutions sorting and classifying the responses to a problem to provide a visual image of the range of experience and understanding of the mathematics analysing the visual continuum of thinking to determine starting points and next steps for instruction Aims continued
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4 During this session, participants will: become familiar with the notion of learning mathematics for teaching as a focus for numeracy professional learning experience learning mathematics through problem solving solve problems in different ways develop strategies for teaching mathematics through problem solving Overall Learning Goals for Problem Solving
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5 Effective Mathematics Teaching and Learning Mathematics classrooms must be challenging and engaging environments for all students, where students learn significant mathematics. Students are called to engage in solving rich and relevant problems. These problems offer several entry points so that all students can achieve, given sufficient time and support. Lessons are structured to build on students’ prior knowledge. Agree, Disagree, Not Sure
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Effective Mathematics Teaching and Learning continued Students develop their own varied solutions to problems and thus develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics involved. Students consolidate their knowledge through shared and independent practice. Teachers select and/or organize students’ solutions for sharing to highlight the mathematics learning (e.g., bansho, gallery walk, math congress). Teachers need specific mathematics knowledge and
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