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Developing Mathematical Thinking Through Problem Solving

Tue, Nov 27, 2018 · 9:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

Working mathematically is about more than knowing facts, recalling definitions and applying techniques to familiar problems. I teach a course at the University of South Australia to develop problem-solving skills in pre-service maths teachers (primary and middle school). We focus on mathematical processes, not any particular branch of mathematics. We learn and practice strategies for: getting started, attacking the problem, and reflecting on and extending our work. The aims are to: develop students’ mathematical thinking skills so that they can tackle unfamiliar problems with confidence, help them experience the joy in asking and answering their own questions, and orient them towards the ways in which mathematicians work. In this session we’ll sample some good problems for uncovering aspects of problem-solving, and talk about specific strategies for progressively developing oral presentation and mathematical writing skills. We’ll also tackle the thorny issue of assessment, including how to support students to undertake in-depth mathematical investigations of their own choosing. My goal is that you’ll find one or two specific ideas that will help in your current teaching.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Webinar ID: 9093b18ce930
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter GMD Host Coordinator - Leigh Nataro
Host Coordinator
I am a mother, wife and math teacher. I currently teach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and my favorite class to teach is statistics! This is my 27th year of teaching and I am a Desmos fellow and Desmos certified presenter. @mathteacher24 is my twitter handle and I blog at mathteacher24.blogspot.com. I have several tech related videos for stat and TI-NSpire at www.youtube.com/mathteacher24. Feel free to ask me questions about National Board Certification (renewed in 2015). I also enjoy singing, reading and staying fit using workouts from Beachbody (P90X3/TurboFire/21DFX).
Webinar hosting presenter Amie Albrecht (@nomad_penguin)
Amie Albrecht is a mathematician and Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia. Her mathematics research largely focuses on solving practical industry-inspired challenges. Amie has taught mathematics at university for fifteen years, at first teaching just like she’d been taught. Around five years ago she realised the disconnect between traditional procedural-based teaching and the creative, active and collaborative ways in which professional mathematicians work.

Amie’s teaching interests are now focused on developing mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills by giving students opportunities to think deeply about mathematical ideas, leading them to share delightful and unexpected ways of approaching problems. She also works to inspire and equip pre- and in-service teachers to incorporate authentic mathematical practice in their classrooms. Amie presents at maths teacher conferences across Australia, serves on state and national mathematics education committees, and works with the South Australian Department for Education.

Amie is always looking to improve her teaching practice, which includes currently undertaking a Master of Teaching, blogging at www.amiealbrecht.com, and actively tweeting in the ‘Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere’ (#MTBoS) as @nomad_penguin.
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Global Math Department webinar platform hosts Developing Mathematical Thinking Through Problem Solving
The Global Math Department began as a group of teachers who knew each other through Twitter, math education blogs and Twitter Math Camp. Since 2012 The Global Math Department community has grown into a multi-faceted group of math educators who love to share their ideas related to teaching and learning mathematics. We recognize that as educators we are charged with promoting equity and access within mathematics instruction. In addition, we believe it is crucial that teachers be provided with quality resources and ideas that they can use immediately with their students. Lively and friendly conversations in our weekly webinars encourage all participants to share and continue to grow as educators.
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