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Letting Students Think in Grade 9 Math

by Windsor Essex Catholic District

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

All to often we give students rules and procedures to follow and think we have had success when they do well on a test.  But how many times have you heard students say "we were never taught that" or found they could not transfer their prior knowledge and apply it to a new context (eg: they cross multiply when multiplying fractions). Research tells us that students who are encouraged to experiment with their own solutions to problems develop a significantly deeper understanding of mathematics.

In this course we have created a collection of activities and lessons that allow students to think and discover for themselves.
The first topic in the course is a general introduction that includes references to the research as well as links to the other resources. Many of the underlying principles that are used to develop the activities and lessons are explained and referenced here. The bulk of the following topics are shorter activities and longer lessons that show how students can be encouraged to think. Some of these use technology (primarily iPads) while others do not. There are videos explaining how to go about facilitating the activities and lessons. The final topic offers support for using apps as well as downloading files.

The majority of these activities are appropriate for both grade 9 applied and grade 9 academic. Variations for both levels are included and explained.
Letting Students Think in Grade 9 Math
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