In this course, teachers will build their own math content knowledge as they learn strategies for teaching topics conceptually, not just procedurally. This 4-day series consists of full-day trainings over several months with homework between sessions. Activities will be hands-on and exploratory. Teachers with students at a variety of levels are encouraged to apply.
NOTE: Teachers must commit to all four sessions.
Building a Solid Foundation focuses on developing conceptual understanding of math topics. The CCRSAE and its supporting elements (Mathematical Practices and Key Instructional Shifts) will be used as a foundation from which to explore what should be taught when and how. These elements will be examined explicitly, then illustrated through activities that build teachers’ content and pedagogical knowledge. Research on effective mathematical teaching will be incorporated as appropriate. Content covered: Number and Operations Base 10 and Fractions; Ratio and Proportional Reasoning; Operations and Algebraic thinking; Geometry; and Measurement and Data.
BSF is the first in a series of three sequential offerings focusing on math content and pedagogy, and is a prerequisite for those who wish to take the second course in the series (Math Concepts).
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Gain conceptual understanding of traditionally taught math topics (such as the algorithm for multiplication)
- Add to their bank of pedagogical strategies for teaching
- Reflect on their own teaching practice vis-a-vis research on teaching and learning math
- Use the CCR Standards, including key shifts and Mathematical Practices, to inform instruction