Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding
By Jennifer Wathall
24th - 25th February 2017, Dubai

  Traditional curriculum focuses on rules and procedures with little attention paid to the conceptual relationships of mathematics and mathematics is a language of conceptual relationships. Traditional curriculum often assumes the deep understanding of concepts, and fails to teach for transferability, or to consider context.

With the exponential growth of information and knowledge students need to move to a higher level of abstraction. We need to develop students' ability to critically think and reason, in order to solve complex problems and create new ideas.

This workshop will cover the concept based curriculum design model specifically for mathematics. All content will be based on Jennifer Wathall's book "Concept Based Mathematics; Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools".
This workshop will address the following questions:
  • Why is it important for students to learn conceptually?
  • What are the facts, processes and concepts in mathematics?
  • How do I craft generalizations in mathematics?
  • How do I craft quality guiding questions?
  • How do I plan units of work for concept-based mathematics curriculum?
  • How do I captivate and engage students? Practical strategies for creating rich learning experiences in the classroom
  • How do I integrate technology to foster conceptual understanding?
After this workshop you will be able to:
  • Write quality generalizations and guiding questions.
  • Use a unit web to plan a concept based mathematics unit.
  • Design engaging, rich learning experiences for your students.
  • Use formative assessment strategies to inform teaching and learning.
  • Embed the use of technology effectively to enhance conceptual understanding.
Potential Audience
  Primary mathematics specialists and all secondary mathematics teachers.
Mathematics resources will be differentiated for primary and secondary sections.
Day 1
  Session 1:
  Introduction to concept-based curriculum and concept based mathematics. Why is it important for my students to learn conceptually? The facts, processes, and concepts in mathematics.
  Session 2:
  Using the Structure of Knowledge and the Structure of Process in mathematics and how to craft quality generalizations.
  Session 3:
  Designing guiding questions and planning units of work for concept-based mathematics learning.
  Session 4:
  Unit planning continued, alignment check and readings for sharing on day 2.
Day 2
  Session 1:
  Chapter sharing and discussion on Concept- Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding.
  Session 2:
  Lesson planning: eight strategies for engaging the hearts and minds of students.
  Session 3:
  Using formative assessment strategies and using technology to foster conceptual understanding.
  Session 4:
  The ideal mathematics classroom - the journey forward and target setting.
  Jennifer Wathall is an independent consultant, author and honorary faculty adviser and part time instructor for the University of Hong Kong.

With over 20 years experience in the education field. She has worked in several international schools including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York and Island School, Hong Kong.

In the international arena she has presented workshops and given talks about the use of instructional media and how to effectively integrate a 1:1 program into the mathematics classroom.

As a qualified International Baccalaureate workshop leader ("Mathematics, Concepts and Inquiry in the Diploma Program and Approaches to Teaching and Learning") Jennifer has delivered numerous workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Her role as a field representative for the IB Asia Pacific serves as part of the quality assurance framework. In 2014 she was invited to deliver a talk at the IB Asia Pacific Conference titled "Using Inquiry in the IB Mathematics Classroom" and in July, 2015 Jennifer she presented "Concept-Based Mathematics" at the IB Americas annual conference.

She is a certified trainer in the DISCtm behavior assessment tool and she is a certified independent consultant in "Concept Based Curriculum Design" by Dr H. Lynn Erickson. Jennifer works as a consultant helping math departments and schools transition to concept-based curriculum and instruction. She utilizes her skills as a certified Performance Coach to facilitate transition and change.
  Investment includes "Concept Based Mathematics; Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools".
  USD 690/- Closing date 15th February, 2017.

Universal American School
Dubai Festival City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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The special rate is valid till the 15th of January 2017.
  Workshop timings are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Registration at 8.30 am on the 24th February 2017.
  Shonal Agarwal

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