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Saturday, October 20 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Effectively Using Math Tasks to Engage Students and Promote Learning

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Math teachers can use tasks to promote learning and mathematical proficiency. There are many resources, textbooks and websites that math teachers can use to find meaningful tasks. With all the materials available, it can become overwhelming to figure out how to select a task that would benefit students the most. We will share criteria from research in cognitively demanding tasks that have helped us quickly pick great tasks to use with our students. To get us thinking together in the session, we will try a range of math tasks that will help us understand and use the selection criteria. Additionally, we have noticed with our students that our actions as teachers also greatly impact students’ thinking. We’ve learned a lot from our eagerness to give help which often greatly reduces students’ problem solving and takes away from their learning. To address the challenge of carrying out a task effectively, as a group we will generate
instructional moves for effective implementation, including how to use productive struggle as a method to promote learning. Teachers will take away tasks to try with students, ideas about where to find tasks, how to choose tasks and strategies to foster learning.

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Alexandra Candler

Numeracy Consultant, Elk Island Public Schools
Alexandra Candler is a Numeracy Consultant for Elk Island Public Schools and a University of Alberta MEd Student. She has experience teaching and working with children in Early Childhood, Division I, II and III. Alexandra is interested in creating learning environments that support... Read More →

Janelle McFeetors

Dr. Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interested in supporting... Read More →

Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Top of the Inn - Delta