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Wednesday, July 6 • 1:45pm - 4:00pm
What Does Coherence Look Like? Teaching Mathematics with Meaning

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The Utah Core standards say that students must “experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.” Unfortunately, current U.S. textbook structures and traditional images of instruction mean that most students instead experience mathematics as a disconnected set of facts devoid of meaning.

In this workshop we will briefly discuss some key information from mathematics education research framing the problem and steps we can take to address key issues. We will spend most of the time engaged in an exploration of trigonometry with a focus on meaning and connections across ideas. [But don't worry! You don't need to know anything about trigonometry to participate - all of the ideas we will use will be built up through hands-on activities.] This example will serve as a model for the kinds of lessons and units students need to reengage with mathematics and thrive.

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Dr. Alan O'Bryan

Lead Instructional Designer and Professional Development Coordinator, Rational Reasoning, LLC
Dr. O’Bryan is a former high school math teacher and university instructor who has worked for almost 20 years as a curriculum developer, professional development leader, and teacher trainer. He is a co-author of six secondary and post-secondary mathematics textbooks and has delivered... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah