Get Your Model On: Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary Classroom

Graham Fletcher and Mike Wiernicki

• 3–5 Session

Thursday, November 19, 2015 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room: Broadway Ballroom F (Omni Nashville)

Is it a noun or a verb? The term model is frequently misinterpreted as hands-on, but manipulatives in isolation do not satisfy the expectation of SMP #4. In this session, participants will explore the progression of mathematical modeling, what it means, and how it can be achieved through purposeful task design before students get to sixth grade.

 

 

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Description: Is it a noun or a verb? The term model is frequently misinterpreted as hands-on, but manipulatives in isolation do not satisfy the expectation of SMP #4. In this session, participants will explore the progression of mathematical modeling, what it means, and how it can be achieved through purposeful task design before students get to sixth grade.

Slides: NCTM Nashville (Mike and Graham)

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Student Work:

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Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher has worked in education for more than ten years as a classroom teacher and math specialist. He graduated from the University of Georgia where he earned his Ed.S. in mathematics education. Graham blogs and shares his lessons at www.gfletchy.com where he continues to be an advocate for best practice in elementary mathematics.

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