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Saturday, February 28 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
Crossing the River and Cutting the Rope FILLING

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Do your students engage in their own learning and persevere in problem solving? Experience two classic algebraic thinking problems, presented in a way that motivates and engages students and allows you to use problem solving more effectivly in your classroom.

We'll explore two problems in the world of algebraic thinking, one of which (Crossing the River) is probably more well known than the other (Cutting the Rope). They both lend themselves very well to active involvement in a student-centered environment. The River can be done by using manipulatives, physically acting it out, or using drawings. The Rope is typically done with drawings only, but some try go about it hands-on. Both problems can be connected to middle school content standards and multiple Standards for Mathematical practice.

As we work through these problems in the session, we'll focus on how teachers can use these activities, and others, to get students thinking about a problem, asking questions about it, taking ownership of it, persevering through it, and doing all of those things that educators want to see in mathematically proficient students.

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Mark Goldstein

Vice President, The Center for Mathematics and Teaching
Mr. Goldstein was a middle school mathematics teacher in Santa Monica, California for 12 years, and worked at UCLA for 9 years.  During that time he was a LUCIMATH Project coordinator in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, taught preservice and inservice courses for the UCLA Math Content, wrote curricular materials for the UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers, and supported teachers in the classroom through coaching... Read More →

Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center