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Workshop: Mathematical Thinking Professional Learning Community (Bay Area)

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Session 1

Date: November 16, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: The San Francisco Friends School (map)

Session 2

Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: The San Francisco Friends School (map)

Session 3

Date: March 8, 2019
Time: 9:00-3:00
Where: The San Francisco Friends School (map)

Session 4

Date: May 3, 2019
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: The San Francisco Friends School (map)

Fee: $1300 Members; ($1950 Non-members)

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Mathematical Thinking Professional Learning Community (Bay Area)

We all want our students thinking deeply about math ideas, exploring concepts, connecting their procedural knowledge to conceptual understanding, and feeling highly engaged in authentic mathematical learning. Well-developed tasks will help generate this kind of thinking and support these goals. However, designing such tasks is not easy.

This ongoing program will create a community of learners and teachers that will explore the concepts of good task design, and support each other in building a foundation for how to think about creating activities to support students’ mathematical thinking. We will design mathematical tasks together, try them in our classrooms, report back on successes and failures, and participate in an iterative process of creating and recreating activities to best illicit the kind of engagement and mathematical thinking we want from our students. In the spring, we will take site visits to observe each other in teaching the tasks we design to see how they play out in different environments.

Our professional learning community is designed to support all teachers, ranging from those who design their own curriculum to those whose curriculum is largely established, but are  looking to develop more engaging approaches to some of their lessons. Though all math teachers are welcome, content will be oriented toward those teaching fifth-ninth grade, with a strong focus on the middle school setting.

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Facilitators

Diali Bose-Roy

Diali Bose-Roy

Diali Bose-Roy is a middle school math teacher at San Francisco Friends School. She joined the SFFS team in 2008 after completing her Master's in Education Leadership at Columbia. Prior to SFFS she taught at Charles River School in Massachusetts and for several years worked in film production and postproduction.
David Louis

David Louis

David Louis has worked as a math teacher for over 20 years in both public and private schools. He has worked at San Francisco Friends School since 2009. He loves math and enjoys engaging young people in true mathematical thinking.
Avery Pickford

Avery Pickford

Avery Pickford is currently a high school math teacher in San Francisco and the way he teaches math ≠ the way he was taught math. In his nineteen years of teaching, he has had the pleasure of teaching math and science to students from third grade to graduate school. His favorite age to teach is whatever age he is teaching at the moment. He is always eager to discuss pedagogy and do math, and he is especially interested in mathematical habits of mind that help students solve unfamiliar problems and student-posed problems that reveal the creativity of the subject. He sees math as a creative endeavor, an art form, a language to describe the world, a structure for solving problems, a process for modeling the world, a historical, cultural subject, and a tool for social justice.
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