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For the Love and Understanding: Teaching Middle School Math With Big Beautiful Problems

**Speakers**
## Alicia Burdess

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Teaching through problem solving engages all students. There are multiple entry points and all students can extend the problem as they experience success. The goal is to empower students, develop their confidence in their math skills and problem solving abilities, to help them believe in themselves as mathematicians and learners. We want our students to experience the joy of problem solving, to do math for pleasure, and to see the beauty in patterns and numbers.

Teachers will learn how to teach middle school math through problem solving. We will work together as learners to solve low-floor, high- ceiling problems directly linked to our program of studies. We will communicate, collaborate, reason, and persevere. We will experience a problem-solving culture in which we engage with mathematical practices to deepen our understanding of mathematical concepts.

Then we will work together as teachers to discuss a problem-solving classroom, culture, and framework. We will talk about obstacles to learning, thinking, and problem solving in math class and how to overcome them. This session will be hands on and interactive.

Finally, teachers will leave with a resource full of big beautiful problems to explore with their colleagues and students.

Teachers will learn how to teach middle school math through problem solving. We will work together as learners to solve low-floor, high- ceiling problems directly linked to our program of studies. We will communicate, collaborate, reason, and persevere. We will experience a problem-solving culture in which we engage with mathematical practices to deepen our understanding of mathematical concepts.

Then we will work together as teachers to discuss a problem-solving classroom, culture, and framework. We will talk about obstacles to learning, thinking, and problem solving in math class and how to overcome them. This session will be hands on and interactive.

Finally, teachers will leave with a resource full of big beautiful problems to explore with their colleagues and students.

Grade 9 Math Teacher

I am a grade 9 math teacher from Grande Prairie Alberta. I love learning and teaching math. I worked for 4 years as a math coach; I love being in classrooms helping teachers and students learn to love math! My passion is teaching through problem solving.

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am

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