Ever wonder how we might invite students to learn mathematics in a way that ensures their success across the transition years and beyond? Learning mathematics involves the capacity to think conceptually to understand and recognize mathematical ideas and to ultimately become competent problem solvers. In this session we will explore how to teach students to become independent and competent conceptual thinkers.
By the end of the session, we will have answered the following questions:
- What does it mean to think conceptually in math?
- What strategies can I use to teach my students how to think conceptually?
- What does conceptual thinking have to do with the other mathematical processes, particularly problem-solving?
Audience: Grades 7-10