Develop Mathematical Agency and Understanding - PEBC
Phenomenal Teaching

Explore the PEBC's Phenomenal Teaching Framework.

Each episode will take a closer look how the strands of the framework come to life in classrooms and schools. Join us as we unpack Planning, Community, Workshop, Thinking Strategies, Discourse & Assessment.

Leveraging Community & Workshop to Develop Mathematical Agency & Understanding

Why is math important? Why do so many people hate math? How can we promote positive STEM identity for all learners? Wendy Ward Hoffer and Michelle Morris Jones dive into these questions and more as they discuss ways to “turn over the mathematical gymnastics to the students” by developing Math Workshops that value community, problem solving, and student discourse. As many schools return to or remain in Virtual Learning, it is important to consider how the strands of the PEBC Teaching Framework can transfer to a virtual environment so that all students can continue to grow their independence and confidence.

Wendy is the author of the new Phenomenal Teaching, as well as Cultivating STEM Identities, Minds on Mathematics, and Science as Thinking, all published by Heinemann. She is also the author of Developing Literate Mathematicians. Wendy serves as Senior Director of Content Development and Publications for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) and travels nationally to provide professional learning to teachers at all levels. Wendy is passionate about promoting rich thinking in all content areas, especially math and science. She is the co-facilitator of our upcoming Virtual Math Workshop Institute.

Register here to join Wendy for an upcoming Math Institute.

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