Making Reasoning Visible and Accessible for Students and Teachers

Reasoning is a curricular competency that is prevalent across all grades in the BC mathematics curriculum. But what is reasoning? How is reasoning noticed by teachers and developed in mathematics classrooms? Are students aware of their reasoning? In this workshop we will discuss the challenges of making reasoning visible and accessible; and propose an approach to designing tasks that address this complex competency. You will leave with ideas that you can use in your classroom.

Target Audience

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Sessions

Friday 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Room Whisky Jack B (Delta)
Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites

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Presenters

  • Sheena Tan

    Sheena is currently a PhD candidate in Mathematics Education and a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. She has previously taught Mathematics at the secondary level in Singapore. She also had many opportunities to work with elementary mathematics teachers to design meaningful learning experiences with technology. Her research interests include mathematical reasoning and argumentation.

  • Sandra Hughes

    For ten years Sandra has been a full-time secondary mathematics teacher and department head. She is also a PhD candidate in SFU’s mathematics education doctoral program. Sandra began her teaching career as an intermediate elementary teacher and for seven years explored an interdisciplinary approach to learning. This experience was foundational to her interests in the role of language in the learning of mathematics. Her current research focuses on language and productive mathematical discussions.