Junior High: How to improve Problem Solving through Building Math Communities and Student Engagement
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Junior High: How to improve Problem Solving through Building Math Communities and Student Engagement
Presented by: Wanda Dechant & Jocelynn Vryenhoek
Monday, March 07, 2022 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, March 28, 2022 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, May 02, 2022 | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
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Target Audience: Gr 7-9 teachers, coaches, school administration

Would you like for your students to be more competent problem solvers?  Preparation for good problem solving starts before Jr. High and develops and grows throughout High School.  For students to persevere with problem solving they must be willing to engage and become active learners.   

In this series, we will look at how to set up a math culture that supports problem solving and engagement, ways to embed problem solving within your class, and take a deeper dive from an Alberta Education perspective.   

Common themes that will be explored include:

  • Building a Math Community 
  • Increasing Student Engagement
  • Persevering with Problem Solving   
  • Communicating student understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Engaging through the Mathematical Processes
  • Supporting Mental Wellness
About the Presenter(s):
Wanda Dechant

is a Designer of Professional Learning with the Calgary Regional Consortium.  Her role includes supporting teachers, E.A.s, school admin, learning coaches and parents in K-12 Math and Numeracy. Wanda began teaching math and science in 2000, her teaching experience extends from grades 7 – 12.  For the past 7 years Wanda’s work has included a major focus on K-6 Mathematics.  Three critical aspects of learning that Wanda embeds into her work include:

  • Student and teacher self-confidence in math
  • Students and teachers making their thinking visible to themselves and to each other
  • Students and teachers as mathematicians - let’s do the math
Jocelynn Vryenhoek

is a Math Consultant for Calgary Catholic School Division and has taught gr. 7-12 math for 20+ years.   Jocelynn has a way of bringing the content to life in a practical, academic and relatable way.

Catering is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment.
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This is a public event with the likeliness of photo/video throughout the day. By attending, participants understand they may be captured in photo or video for future presentations or promotional material development. Please see conference hosts if you prefer to not be photographed.

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This series will be recorded and available to all registrants for 30 days after the session occurs.