In this workshop, participants learn what it means to
reason proportionally and why this reasoning is so important in students'
As a participant in this workshop, you will:
- Identify how the teaching of proportional
reasoning has changed and why it matters
- Engage in problem solving so we can parse out
the thinking needed to solve proportional reasoning problems
- Learn how to begin, by providing support for
students who don't know their multiplication facts which helps students develop
multiplicative reasoning and proportional reasoning at the same time
- Learn actionable strategies while engaging in
the instructional routine called Problem Strings to develop participants'
proportional reasoning and build specific mathematical strategies
- Extend the learning to more complicated
contexts to strengthen students' reasoning
- Study three lesson types to introduce,
construct, and solidify proportional reasoning
- Analyze expert teacher moves that will energize
your classroom and keep students engaged in sense making
Participants will leave with actionable strategies to help
students with gaps, support the development of increasingly sophisticated
mathematical strategies, and challenge students to look for clever, efficient
About the Instructor
I’m Pam Harris and I empower teachers to be the teacher they want to be. I have been working with educators for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, university instructor, and teacher trainer, as well as writing books and creating resources for teachers. As a beginning teacher, I worked hard to make lessons understandable and interesting, but I didn’t realize how much I relied on rote memorization and repeating procedures until I immersed myself in math research. This fundamentally changed the way I do and teach mathematics so that students work toward making sense of math, develop deep conceptual understandings, and are no longer robots.