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Strengthening Problem Solving Virtually and in Person Part 2: Mathematical Task Selection
Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, ORIGO Education
Sponsored by ORIGO Education
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Problem solving is an essential skill. Confident problem solvers can identify and frame a problem productively, they have strategies to help them approach the problem, and they can assess whether their solution strategy is successful. Rigorous mathematics instruction includes a strong focus on applications of mathematics; these applications are often grounded in problem solving. Problem-solving tasks can occur in real-world contexts or in mathematical contexts. In either case, collaboration and discourse is essential for problem solving. The more complex the problem, the more important multiple perspectives are in finding a good solution. Selecting appropriate tasks and facilitating productive collaboration and discourse are critical teacher skills for supporting problem solving in the classroom.
In this second edWebinar of a two-part series, Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning for ORIGO Education, will focus on selecting tasks for problem solving. The session will share four factors which impact task design and selection, reviewing a variety of tasks along the way. We will discuss both creating your own tasks as well as selecting (and possibly modifying) existing tasks. The session will model strategies for sharing tasks in both face-to-face and virtual settings. Join Sara for this session to solve some math problems and learn about task selection for problem solving.
This edWebinar will be of interest to elementary-level teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenter
Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D. serves as Director of Professional Learning and Chair of the Mathematics Advisory Board at ORIGO Education. A fourth-generation educator, Sara’s work emphasizes the power of deep understanding and multiple representations for learning mathematics. Her interests include building mathematical comprehension and operation sense, incorporating high-quality literature into mathematics instruction, and connecting mathematics with engineering design and computational thinking. Sara has served as a classroom teacher of mathematics and science, a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Kentucky, Director of the Kentucky Center for Middle School Academic Achievement, and Director of Mathematics & Science at ETA hand2mind. She has authored numerous articles in professional journals and is a co-author of the Mathematize It! series of books. She is also a member of the Visible Learning for Mathematics writing team, including two volumes of the Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom series.
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