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Using Reasoning to Integrate Math and Science Teaching

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## Janelle McFeetors

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Have you been looking for ways to integrate your math and science classes in authentic problem solving contexts? By doing so, you may need to spend less time prepping, and have more student engagement and learning! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), is an ever-increasing focus in schools. Many times these subjects are taught independently, both to students and to pre-service teachers. We will explore what intersections may exist when students are engaged in reasoning in both mathematics and

science activities. Our aim is to better understand how the reasoning processes and strategies in these two fields may be more related than what is commonly thought. In our session, we will try a STEM activity combining measurement (math) and force & motion (science) to examine our own reasoning. You’ll be able to use the activity in your middle years classrooms, and learn how to identify students’ reasoning as they learn. We believe this to be a powerful connection that would benefit elementary students with helping them to see mathematics and science as inherently interrelated, based not only on the ideas and content within each discipline, but also the meaning behind the language used within both.

science activities. Our aim is to better understand how the reasoning processes and strategies in these two fields may be more related than what is commonly thought. In our session, we will try a STEM activity combining measurement (math) and force & motion (science) to examine our own reasoning. You’ll be able to use the activity in your middle years classrooms, and learn how to identify students’ reasoning as they learn. We believe this to be a powerful connection that would benefit elementary students with helping them to see mathematics and science as inherently interrelated, based not only on the ideas and content within each discipline, but also the meaning behind the language used within both.

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 →

Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm

Calgary - Delta

Calgary - Delta

Both Math/Science, Div 2 (Grades 3 - 5) | Math, Div 2 (Grades 3 - 5) | Science, Div 2 (Grades 3 - 5)