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Friday, October 19 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Design Thinking: Highlighting Math and Science in a Cross-curricular Exploration

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Through rich and meaningful mathematical tasks, grade 2 students advocated with community organizations to affect change in a relevant way. Curricular concepts from numeracy, literacy, social studies, science, art and technology were integrated to address a local issue: ‘Does the neighbourhood need a new swimming pool, and how can we help?’. This session will highlight how effective practices
were used to engage students in three main tasks. Students sorted, classified and identified shapes in swimming pools. Data was investigated and gathered about favourite pool features which informed pool designs. Measurement was employed to gather information about pool size and shape. Finally, students transferred and applied new knowledge to the design and construction of their own model pools. Grade 2 science curriculum and understanding was integrated throughout this project while exploring scientific method. Students learned to define what they wanted and needed to know through increasingly sophisticated questions. Their unique reflections helped design the tasks as they collaborated to answer and evaluate this problem. This 3-part session will share their story of professional learning with examples of student work and thinking that emerged. The pedagogy of design thinking will be explored with demonstrations of how technology enhanced, supported and shifted teaching practice. Evidence of  effective practices that allow for multiple entry points to learning will be displayed.


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avatar for Jay Bright

Jay Bright

Teacher
Like many others, my experience with math began as a child. I often struggled in math and received mediocre grades throughout my early education. That being said, I always enjoyed that math had an answer based on fact and not opinion. Although it took me a long time to make sense... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson

Kindergarten


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Calgary - Delta
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