Computation, Cognition, & Concrete Materials

Strategies for coaching cognition are a must for any math teacher who wants students to be able to handle computation, develop and use number sense, and face multi-step word problems with confidence. Using manipulatives as a starting point, teachers can design learning experiences that build a rock solid foundation of deep conceptual understanding on which a tower of math skills can be built. The concrete-representational-abstract approach will be modeled in this session as participants explore a variety of computational strategies and practical problems involving whole numbers, decimals, & fractions.
Computation games for teacher-led small-group activities will be played during the session.

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