California Mathematics Council - South

Presenters: Beverly Ford and David Pearce

Palm Springs, CA

November 4-5, 2016

Don't Be Quick to Count-On: Teaching with Deep Understanding

When is counting-on another empty procedure and when does it make sense? You will learn about a researched progression that supports productive struggle and deep understanding of counting-on. You will leave with research-supported activities.

AIMS Center Presenter

Beverly Ford, a Research Associate at The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, has worked in education for the last 14 years as a teacher, math specialist, coach, professional developer, and educational consultant. She is passionate about engaging with educational research that can empower teachers to equip all students to understand mathematics. She is driven to understand the educational research, so that the findings of the research can be utilized by teachers and empower them to teach mathematics in a way that equips students to utilize their mathematical knowledge. Her Bachelors degree, California teaching credential, and Masters degree in Math Education were completed at Fresno Pacific University.

David Pearce is a Research Associate at the AIMS Center. He has worked in math education for 19 years as a middle school math teacher in Central Unified (California). During this time he was part of the District’s Math Vertical Team, Math Adoption Committee, District Math Committee for Course Alignment and Implementation, as well as the Math Department Chairperson at Rio Vista Middle School and Director of Soccer. David is interested in math education and improving student learning in this area. Through his study of educational research, his work will help in supporting teachers in their efforts to create and facilitate exceptional mathematical learning experiences for all students. He anticipates the completion of his MA in Math Education through Fresno Pacific University by May 2018.

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