Reimagining Algebra

An example of how the combination of vertical non-permanent surfaces and technology (Desmos) can develop a fluent understanding of multi-step operations.

The approach has been demonstrated as highly successful (90% of students who engage are at Applying or above) and retentive over long periods (months). It allows for epistemological pluralism where non-traditionally strong students can demonstrate sophisticated reasoning skills and an intuitive way to communicate and represent their ideas. 

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Computer, Scratch Paper


Friday 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Room Callaghan (Westin)
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

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  • Lucas Guillen

    Lucas is a young, ambitious, and energetic teacher currently working on a M.Sc in math education. He has a background in theoretical mathematics which helps him bring formal mathematics down to the concrete where students can play and explore it. The two major ways he has been able to achieve this have been using vertical non-permeant surfaces for the past 4 years and working with Desmos for the past 3 years. His experience has allowed his students to create meaningful projects and become recognized by Desmos through their art.