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Friday, March 1 • 1:25pm - 2:10pm
Where’s the Structure Here? An exploration in the power of structural language for mathematical understanding.

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The power of tasks to promote mathematical discourse lies in the ability to connect student’s problem solving approaches. In this session, we'll explore how there is an underlying component to problem solving that transcends out of the specific task at hand and into the broader world of mathematical structures.

You'll engage in an area exploration using non-standard units of measure. While a typical task debrief involves the connections between the various problem solving strategies, we will tease out the structural language of mathematics from the discussion of participants approach to their task. Our highlight is on the repeated use of structure, and the power of the structural language to promote coherence across grade level content. After viewing the task from the student lens, we'll then highlight the facilitator decisions made based on the Five Practices for Orchestrating Mathematical Discussions set forth by Smith and Stein.


Annie Adams

Math Coach, Independent School District of Boise Cit
I get my teaching energy from generating and facilitating student discussions on problem solving and number sense. I have taught middle school mathematics in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boise, Idaho. It is my first year as a Math Coach in the Boise School District.

Sharon Tennett

Math Coach, Independent School District of Boise Cit
With a passion for early numeracy and development of mathematical structures, I work to provide growth opportunities for my fellow educators in the Boise School District.  

Andrew Webb

Math Coach, Independent School District of Boise Cit
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Suzanne Wolfkiel

Math Coach, Independent School District of Boise Cit
Currently a math coach for the Boise School District, my twenty years of experience has allowed me to see multiple states' standards and multiple levels of learners. From this, I have found a passion for engaging all students in a variety of experiences in order to deepen their thinking... Read More →
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Lucas Younger

Math Coach, Independent School District of Boise Cit
I draw on my education and experience as both a teacher and a school counselor to provide professional education and enrichment for my fellow educators in the Boise School District.

Friday March 1, 2019 1:25pm - 2:10pm
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  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES MP1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them; MP3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Participants of our session will gain a different perspective of how to connect ideas within a class discussion.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Participants will engage in a hands on activity and discuss the non-standard solution paths that were created due to limiting the access of tools.
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