Transferring Mathematical Understanding to A True Application
Submitted by Connie Rivera on August 15, 2017 - 2:39pm
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You’re invited! Join Connie Rivera and Amy Vickers in the Transferring Mathematical Understanding to A True Application webinar on August 21st at 4 – 5:30pm Eastern.
During the webinar, we will explore the meaning of true application activities and their value to adult learners. What is true application? Application is a key component of the mathematical instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Solving the word problems at the bottom of a math workbook page is not true application because students can (quite logically) find a way to repeat the procedure that they have been practicing on the page using numbers that they extract from the word problem. This process, however, does not connect to problem-solving outside the math classroom or provide an opportunity for true application.
True application activities start with questions raised by students, are guided by teachers’ knowledge of standards and progressions, and may have more than one solution. A true application activity:
- Requires students to transfer their knowledge and skills to answer a question
- Has multiple entry points so that students at different levels will be challenged, yet have the possibility of success
- Incorporates student research and reasoning
- Often asks students to make a decision
- Includes communicating an answer to someone who cares about the outcome
Interested? Register here.
Here are some suggested readings to give you some background behind the Transferring Mathematical Understanding to a True Application webinar.
- What Developmental Community College Students Understand About Mathematics Part 2, The Interviews (Givvin, Stigler, & Thompson, 2011)
- Standard for Mathematical Practice 1, WI Department of Public Instruction
- Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Summary, WebbAlign
- Robert Kaplinsky’s DOK Matrices