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Wednesday, August 16 • 10:00am - 11:50am
Power in Progressions: Why are Math Progressions So Important? (K-6)

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Have you ever wondered why some math concepts seem more difficult for students to grasp than others, or perhaps why students seem to have a great depth of background knowledge with some topics and not so much with others? The Utah Core Standards in mathematics were developed from documents describing the progressions of topics across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. Come learn how to use the progressions of elementary math content standards to intentionally activate background knowledge, focus on the essence intended in core standards, and prepare students with the foundation they need to access the next grade level’s content. You will learn why some topics have such a major focus in particular grade levels and how some standards have subtle details intended to build a foundation for future learning. You will acquire resources to find the answers to essential planning questions such as: What background knowledge should students come in with from the previous grade level? What emphasis should be placed on given topics within my grade level? How do I prepare students for where they are going next in their journey of mathematical learning?

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Shannon Ference

Elementary Mathematics Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
I oversee Elementary Mathematics Standards for the state of Utah. Come talk to me about progressions, core guides, content coaching, the Elementary Mathematics and STEM Endorsements, and all things elementary mathematics!

Wednesday August 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:50am
Room 218
  • Host Organization USBE