In this workshop we explored mathematical practices and activities that support children's process of making sense of math. Math is not about memorizing facts and algorithms but making sense of them - constructing meaning.
I was really impressed with the discussions throughout the institute and workshop that focused on equity for all learners. Patty offered ideas and structures that help manage group roles, ensure every member contributes, and holds each group member accountable for the wellness of the entire group.
Some highlights from the institute include:
-The Broken Squares activity that really calls for cooperative group work.
-Explorations of multiplication models and the distributive property with an activity called "Cover Up."
-Discussions that go beyond classroom management into how those systems and structures benefit ALL students and ensure for equity of roles and responsibilities. Clear, purposeful structures like that are essential for all learners.
-Powerful discourse between professionals examining the deeper levels of thinking involved with the eight mathematical practices of the Common Core State Standards