Critical Thinking in the Math Classroom Presenters: Stephen Coddington Andrea Hassell Victory Scott School Whitney Institute Middle School Introduction Engage/Activate Working on It Reflect and Connect Agenda: What does Critical Thinking look like? Critical thinking in elementary mathematics: What? Why? When? and How? Critical Thinking in the Math Classroom. When does Critical Thinking Begin? Critical Thinking in the Math Classroom. Cooperative Learning Groups & Responsibilities Engage/Activate! Cooperative Learning Groups & Responsibilities Task A: Triangle Sort 1. Sort the entire collection into three groups so that no triangle belongs to two groups. 2. Give a description or name to each of the groups and record on chart paper. 3. Once you have found one criterion for sorting. Determine a second. Engage/Activate! Cooperative Learning Groups & Responsibilities Task 1: Classifying Triangles The following shows how triangles can be classified according to some of their features: ANGLES, SIDES, SIZE Individual Activity. O Sketch a triangle in each of the nine cells. O Of the nine cells in the chart, two of them are impossible to fill. Can you tell which ones and why? Engage/Activate! Question to Help Student’s Reflect What did you do well? problem? How did solving this problem make you feel? What did you learn by solving this What was easy/difficult for you? What difficulties did you have? Question to Help Student’s Share Their Feelings Do you feel ready to solve a problem like this again? Reflect and Connect! The aim is to encourage children to think critically about solutions rather than focus on one “right” answer. Conclusion Critical Thinking in the Math Classroom STATE: 3 things you learned from today’s PD 2 things you are still unsure about 1 thing you are TOTALLY confused about Closure Activity Math and Science Institute – Ministry of Education – Rebeka Sousa E-Workshop - Queen’s Printer for Ontario Tips for Teachers – The Critical Thinking Consortium 2013 Integrating Mathematics Problem Solving and Critical Thinking into the Curriculum – www.naeyc.org Sources. Stephen Coddington – [email protected] Victor Scott School Andrea Hassell – [email protected] Whitney Institute Middle School Presenters Contact Information!