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Thursday, July 7 • 9:45am - 12:10pm
Iconic Problems: Facilitating Deep Exploration in Mathematics Even When You Feel You Don’t Have Time

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Professional organizations such as NCTM, MAA, AMATYC, NSF, AMA, etc. are all calling for changes to students' mathematical experiences including inquiry-based lessons, deep engagement with mathematics, and coherent connections across lessons. However, research confirms that most U.S. students instead experience an incoherent approach to learning mathematics that privileges teachers’ solutions and textbook algorithms over students’ reasoning and construction of meaning. In many cases, teachers believe that they cannot change this reality because of high pressure to cover a high number of topics.

One way to facilitate deep exploration that allows you to still cover a large number of topics and in a more meaningful way is with “iconic problems”. An iconic problem is rich mathematical context useful for introducing a number of mathematical topics. In this session we will explore examples of iconic problems and discuss how to use them to rethink how we introduce new ideas in our math classrooms.

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Alan O'Bryan

Math Education Researcher (ASU)/Lead Instructional Designer and Professional Development Coordinator (RR), ASU/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 →

Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 12:10pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah