Moving Past Math Magic in Favor of Mathematical Reasoning

Michael Flynn

• General Interest / All Audiences Session

Thursday, October 27, 2016: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
105 (Phoenix Convention Center)

There are numerous tricks in mathematics that often appear as magic to students. Emphasis on these shortcuts is often at the expense of developing mathematical reasoning. In this session, participants will explore their conceptual understanding behind some common tricks and develop strategies to teach for understanding rather than answer getting.

 
Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs (mathleadership.org) at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a former second grade teacher. He was also the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Mike runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program at Mount Holyoke and designed the dynamic hybrid learning model allowing teachers from around the world to attend live class sessions and interact with teachers on campus. For the last 5 years, Mike studied how the Standards for Mathematical Practice are addressed in kindergarten, first, and second grades. He works with school districts to help teachers implement the practices in their classroom and his book, Cultivating Young Mathematical Thinkers: Exploring the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Primary Grades will be published by Stenhouse Publishers in early 2017.

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