Using Visual Representations to Support Math Reasoning

Focus Area: Student-Centered Math
Audience:

TTeachers

Pathway: Understanding

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Overview

Student-centered mathematics instruction engages all students through creativity, exploration, and collaboration. It encourages the development of mathematical language alongside conceptual understanding and results in authentic procedural fluency.

The Student-Centered Mathematics Virtual Workshop Series is created to serve as your learning community’s launch into a student-centered math initiative.  This experience draws on tenets of active pedagogy to create a learning environment where teachers can dive into some of the pillars of a student-centered math approach, including the leveraging of meaningful math discourse and a problem study orientation. The workshop prioritizes an understanding of these approaches through modeling and experiencing the concepts as learners, and debriefing to discuss steps for implementation. The five 2-hour virtual sessions provide participants with a structure that is job-embedded and continuous, and support participants to try, measure, and learn in a cyclical format as a learning community.

This workshop is part of a series. Explore the other sessions below:

Audience

This product is for educators who teach math at any grade level. 

Specifications

  • Three, four, or five 2-hour sessions 

Outcomes

Participants will reflect on each of the following questions and collaborate to answer them for their specific school context: 

  • What is a student-centered approach to teaching math and why is it preferable? 
  • What is the difference between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency?
  • How can math discourse be structured to support development of concepts?
  • How can student representation of math concepts support deeper understanding?
  • What are some key indicators of teacher success in a student-centered math classroom?
  • How can a discourse and representation routine support growth and mastery over time?
  • How can we plan for all students to be successful within a student-centered approach?
  • How can we create a classroom environment with the norms, procedures, and culture in which students develop a growth mindset and a positive disposition toward math?

Learning Experience

Session E: Using Visual Representations to Support Math Reasoning

  • Define how visual representations support math reasoning.
  • Explore strategies to reinforce student use of math representations.
  • Build a plan around a specific lesson, representation, or routine to support reasoning with representations.