The Mathematical Power of Building to Specifications

Math class often follows a predictable pattern where mathematical objects are presented and then students are asked to identify their properties. In this session, we will explore tasks that do the exact opposite: they give a set of identifying properties and ask students to build mathematical objects to these specifications. Using examples from the middle and secondary grades, we will unpack the power of asking students to be mathematical designers and not simply mathematical describers.

Target Audience

10-12 & 8-9


Friday 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Room Emerald C (Westin)
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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  • Nat Banting

    Nat Banting is a classroom mathematics teacher from Saskatoon who blogs about teaching math at and tweets as @NatBanting. Recently, he received a 2021 Prime Minister’s Certificate of Excellence in STEM, and in 2019 the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences awarded him the 2019 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award recognizing innovation and excellence across Canadian mathematics education.