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Foundations of Algebra - Day 3

Content and Instructional Practice: Part II

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1 Introduction- Goals and Norms  
2 Student Sense-Making  
3 The Value of the Productive Struggle Condo Problem Handout/Slide
4 Building Understanding- The Power of Concrete, Representational, and Abstract CRA Graphic Handout
Always, Sometimes, Never handout
5 CRA meets CGI CGI problems, chart paper, color tiles, counters, markers
6 Power of Estimation  
7 Engaging Learners Through Messy Problems - 3-Act Tasks 3-Act Task Recording Sheet
8 Ratio and Proportion Ratio 4-in-a-Row handout, 2 color counters, dice
9 Understanding and Approximating Square Roots Color tiles
10 Scaffolding Algebraic Thinking Paper, pencil
11 Resources for Algebraic Thinking  
12 Neuroplasticity and the Backwards Bicycle  

Presenter Biography

Mike Wiernicki has worked in education for over 20 years as a classroom teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, as a math coach and as an adjunct professor at Mercer University.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Early Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics.  He also earned his M. Ed. In Middle Grades Mathematics from the University of West Georgia.  Mike has conducted numerous workshops and professional learning sessions at the local, district and state levels and has presented regional and national NCTM conferences.  Mike’s passion for teaching and learning mathematics is evident in his presentations and on his blog , Under the Dome, where he writes about learning, teaching, and coaching.

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