Teaching for Understanding and Its Impact on Students' Learning in AlgebraMarch 25, 2010
In this webinar we will discuss a student-centered framework used to promote understanding of algebraic procedures. Using student work samples we will demonstrate how traditional mathematics tasks can be enriched to support the development of deeper algebraic knowledge. We will also present the impact of a yearlong teaching for understanding program on students' learning, including recommendations and resources for enriching algebra in your school.
Jennifer Kosiak is an Associate Professor of Mathematics with a Mathematics Education Specialization at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Throughout her teaching career she has taught students ranging from grade 4 through college. Currently she teaches mathematics courses for elementary, middle, and secondary education students. Over the past five years she has been involved in several professional development projects for PK-12 teachers including Teaching for Understanding in Algebra, Integrating Reading and Writing in the Mathematics Classroom, and Creating Digital Learning Objects for Enhancing Student Learning in Mathematics.
Jon Hasenbank is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics with a Math Education Specialization at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He frequently teaches courses for pre-service teachers in addition to more traditional mathematics coursework. His research focuses on how students come to understand mathematical procedures (especially in algebra). In recent years he has also worked on a number of professional development projects, including Teaching for Understanding in Algebra, as well as K-12 outreach programs such as STEM Saturdays, Girls in Science, and Young Scholars.