Professional Growth: Conferences and Workshops. The following conferences and workshops support my professional growth as an educator. They have improved my teaching effectiveness by making me aware of different teaching strategies and approaches to education. 2008
The following conferences and workshops support my professional growth as an educator.
They have improved my teaching effectiveness by making me aware of different teaching strategies and approaches to education.
Reading for the Love of It Conference
This entire day was an eye opening experience for me. If I hadn’t attended the presentation, I am not sure whether I would have had the opportunity to see what paths colleges can provide for many of my students. I know that some of the students I am teaching have little desire to attend university. This presentation had begun to break the many stereotypes that I have held about colleges. I feel that I could now speak with confidence about the many different and unique options available for any type of learner.
2006 York 4 Math – “A Really Good Math Conference”York 4 Math Association, OAME, Toronto, ON
During this conference, I attended a session whereby we learned that it was important to listen to the students as they work on group activities. It was shown at the conference, through a practical example, that it is important for teachers to listen for specific mathematical language when assessing student knowledge.
During a lesson I taught at St. Alfred C.E.S., the students were using mathematics names for the 3D objects they were creating. As I circulated the classroom, I paid attention to their use of these words and I was able to assess which students had grasped the concepts and which students needed extra help.
In this workshop, I learned about how stories can be implemented into mathematics lessons in order to create fun, engaging and real problems for students to solve.
In my math lessons I used the story
Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Stone by Cindy Neuschwander to introduce the topic of 3D geometry to the grade 4/5 students at St. Alfred C.E.S. They were so excited to see that mathematics can be fun and can involve stories and characters rather than simply textbook questions and solutions.