There may be no greater gap between a discipline and the teaching done in its name than when the beauty, power and mystery of mathematics become maths instruction. One can only begin to address the systemic challenges of maths education by understanding the nature of mathematics and the power of computing. Nearly 100 years of efforts to increase achievement with unchanged curricular content continues to fail spectacularly; yet, we do not change course. Surely, the widespread availability of computational technology demands new pedagogical approaches and a new diet of mathematics.
This workshop moves beyond the goal of making math instruction engaging for children by providing educators with authentic mathematical thinking experiences. Such experiences acknowledge the role computers play in mathematics and society’s increasing demand for computational thinking. Project-based approaches with mathematics at the center of the activity will be explored. Traditional concepts such as numeracy, geometry, probability and graphing will be investigated in addition to exciting new branches of mathematics rarely found in the primary and middle grades.
Participants will engage in exciting programming, data analysis, geometry, problem solving, computational thinking, and number theory projects in a playful fashion that supports and exceeds curricular objectives.
Electrifying Children’s Mathematics is designed for teachers of grades P-8. Bring a laptop and a copy of your mathematics curriculum or textbook. Software will be provided.
Space is limited! Don’t miss this unique opportunity!
Electrifying Children’s Mathematics
10 September 2013
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Spensley Street Primary School
193 Spensley St Clifton Hill VIC 3068
About Gary Stager
Gary S. Stager, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher educator, speaker, consultant, and author who has spent the past 31 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. No stranger to Australia, Gary led PD in the world’s first laptop schools, earned a doctorate in science & mathematics education at The University of Melbourne, and has worked at government and independent schools across the nation since 1990. Gary has taught preschool through doctoral students and has studied in Reggio Emilia. He is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers supporter. Gary’s new book is Invent To Learn – Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.
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