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What Thinking Classrooms Look and Feel Like

September 4, 2018 at 09:00:00 PM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

As teachers, we make many choices in how we design our learning spaces. Ultimately, we want our students to think and engage in content deeply, actively, and autonomously. We want them to collaborate productively and question meaningfully. We want them to develop into capable citizens ready to learn and act flexibly and with reason. We don’t always see this in our rooms even when we try out the most exciting activities. Why is this so, and how can we build a space that occasions both individual and collective thinking in our classrooms? Dr. Peter Liljedahl has spent the past 15 years researching this in hundreds of classrooms, developing conditions we can use as teachers to occasion such spaces. In my work with him over the past number of years, I have experienced the fruit of his findings in not only my own teaching, but also in the teaching practices of many of my colleagues in whom I find both support and inspiration. The most transformative effect for me has been feeling the difference between when a classroom is thinking and when it isn’t. In this webinar, I will share examples and observations from a variety of classrooms, and we will think together about the implications and pragmatics that Dr. Liljedahl’s work can have on students. I welcome both those who have tried some of these strategies and those who haven’t. If you have not heard of this work, you may consult Dr. Liljedahl’s webinar “Building Thinking Classrooms”, his short article “Building a Thinking Classroom in Math” on Edutopia, or links included in my “Thinking Classrooms” Twitter moment prior to the session.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Webinar ID: 19e8527e5c50
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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 Judy Larsen
Judy Larsen is an associate professor at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches mathematics upgrading courses as well as courses designed for prospective mathematics teachers. As a doctoral candidate in mathematics education at Simon Fraser University, she currently pursues research into the generative possibilities of community spaces related to mathematics education, including those within social media settings. She is also deeply interested in environments that occasion mathematical thinking, the role of autonomy in mathematics classrooms, affective aspects of learning mathematics, and mathematics teacher professional learning. She actively participates in the online mathematics education community via Twitter at @JudyLarsen3 and hosts a website at judylarsen.ca.
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Global Math Department webinar platform hosts What Thinking Classrooms Look and Feel Like
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.