Event: Pentominos: Introducing Algebra Through an Arithmetic Puzzle
Submitted by BrookeIstas on August 28, 2019 - 8:21pm
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Tomorrow we will be joined by Heidi Schuler-Jones, our guest expert and presenter, to discuss very innovative and effective ways to develop algebraic habits of mind through thinking about computations independently of the numbers used.
To get the most out of our upcoming three-day discussion, “Introducing Algebra through an Arithmetic Puzzle,” you are invited to and encouraged to explore the following resources:
How to use Push & Support Cards since these will be provided during the activity.
Scroll down to and read “Before Using Push and Support in Your Classroom” and “How to Use Push and Support in Your Classroom”.
This will prepare you to use the Pentomino Push and Support Cards during the activity.
- The Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit: A Guide for Staff Development https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED476802.pdf. Participants could consider it supporting material to extend their conversations during the three days and as they implement the activity and similar resources into their classrooms.
The following Mathematical Practices will be particularly relevant to the activity:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP.1) .
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (MP.2)
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. (MP.3)
- Model with mathematics. (MP.4)
- Look for and make use of structure. (MP.7)
This specific, hands-on” discussion will focus on integrating learning through the following objectives that will guide our dialogue:
1. Analyze and examine activities and lessons that develop algebraic habits of mind
2. Create and share noteworthy practices and problems for participants to share different strategies and experiences.
3. Share suggestions on how to assist learners who might struggle or need more challenging work to complete.
I cordially invite you to begin exploring the resources and invite you to join in our discussion with Heidi, a long-time teacher, and trainer, for an engaging discussion that you will immediately be able to implement in your mathematics classroom. Please be sure to become a member so you can participate in the discussion.
Math and Numeracy Moderator