Learning to Think Spatially

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Liberty North

100 Caplan Avenue

#Unit 1

Barrie, ON L4N 9J2

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Spatial thinking is a powerful tool in the teaching and learning of mathematics. In this interactive session, educators will engage in a series of spatial reasoning activities from the book Taking Shape: Activities to Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking. These playful activities involve drawing, folding and cutting paper, visualizing shapes and objects, and building in 2- and 3-dimensions both from models and from memory. These quick, easy-to-implement, and highly engaging spatial reasoning activities provide opportunities to develop and strengthen spatial language as well as geometric concepts such as transformations and symmetry, location and orientation, and perspective taking. Educators will leave this session with a host of new spatial reasoning activities to try in their own classrooms. In addition, educators will gain new insights into the ways in which spatial reasoning offers engaging, equitable, and multiple entry points into the learning of mathematics.

Zachary Hawes is PhD candidate and researcher at the Numerical Cognition Lab at Western University (http://www.numericalcognition.org/). His research lies at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and education and is focused on answering questions about how people learn and do mathematics. He has published numerous academic articles and two books on the topic of mathematics learning. In addition to his lab-based research, Zack has a keen interest in sharing and discussing research with educators and translating research into classroom practice. For example, he has extensive experience in mathematics education and has worked closely with schools boards and teams of educators throughout the province in an effort to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Zack has also worked closely with educational industry partners, such as TVO, and consulted for large-scale organizations, such as the Ontario Ministry of Education. His work with the Robertson Program for Inquiry-Based Teaching in Mathematics and Science continues to impact and influence best instructional practices in mathematics education. Zack has been extremely fortunate in the people he has had the opportunity to work with and learn from.

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Liberty North

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Barrie, ON L4N 9J2

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