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Bringing the Math Classroom into the 21st Century

April 20, 2015 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This workshop will investigate means to develop math instruction that not only focuses on student understanding of a specific topic , but also the using of inquiry and problem-based rich tasks to foster deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics as a whole.  Conceptual understanding allows students to transfer their knowledge and skills to a wide variety of  situations utilizing the 4 C’s of 21st Century teaching and learning; Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.

The workshop will focus on helping teachers and administrators gain a richer understanding of math instruction, incorporating inquiry-based lessons to support student learning, and ways of assessing student performance in math classes (including triangulation of products, observations and conversations).  During the workshop teachers will see sample lessons and technologies modelled for them, they will look at how rich problem solving tasks increase student understanding of math, and will participate in developing assessment tools to support balanced math assessment.  The workshop is designed to provide teachers with takeaways that they can use the very next day in their classrooms.

Target Audience:
While the main focus will be on implementation of the required components of the Ministry  curriculum for grades 6 – 10, examples and resources will be shared for earlier grades as well.

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The Facilitator

james-armstrongJames Armstrong has been an educator for almost 20 years as a teacher and leader at both the elementary and secondary levels in one of the largest School Districts in Canada. In his current role as an Instructional Coach with the Peel District School Board he works with teachers to develop instructional and assessment practices to support student success.  His work focuses on areas such as integration of technology into classroom practice, development of 21st century teaching and learning skills, developing conceptual understanding in Mathematics, and the use of inquiry-based tasks and assessments in the classroom. In addition to his work with the Peel District School Board, James teaches Additional Qualification courses for the University of Toronto,  has written curriculum at the district and provincial level, and is also a workshop leader, examiner, and teacher mentor for The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.


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April 20, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall & Convention Centre
35 Brunel Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3E8 Canada
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PDS Canada
(905) 977-9091