Promoting Cultural Relevancy Through Ill-Defined Problems

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Mathematizing Student Thinking: Promoting Cultural Relevancy Through Ill-Defined Problems


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Cultural-relevancy in mathematics removes the barrier that exists between school and the lived experiences of students. Through highlighting real-life situations, students engage in making meaning and recognizing how mathematics can assist them in understanding and solving problems that they themselves will encounter. Mathematizing Student Thinking is a framework through which students engage with everyday-life problems and see the relevancy in mathematics. In this session, participants will explore how ill-defined problems promote cultural relevancy and extend the work that we have been doing with problem solving. Educators will leave with problems that they can immediately take to the classroom.

Session 1 - January 23, 2023

Session 2 - March 6, 2023

Presenter: Dr. David Costello

David is a principal who taught in elementary classrooms before assuming roles of numeracy interventionist, numeracy coach, numeracy leader, and curriculum consultant for Prince Edward Island. David has also instructed university courses regarding curriculum, differentiation, mathematics, and literacy. He facilitates professional learning in the areas of mathematics and school development. Dr. David Costello recently published three books - Mathematizing Student Thinking: Connecting Problem Solving to Everyday Life and Building Capable and Confident Math Learners, Making Math Stick: Classroom strategies that support the long-term retention of math concepts and Using What Works: Strategies for Developing a Literacy-Rich Environment in Math.

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