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Friday, February 8 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Games as a Gateway: Using Commercial Games to Teach Students Mathematical Communication

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Do you find your students struggle with using and understanding mathematical terminology? We believe it is important for students to experience math interactively in order to build a strong foundational understanding of ideas before they are introduced to formal mathematical language. The first step towards learning is engaging students in math thinking and discussion. We find students are excited to play commercial games and are therefore excited to discuss their discoveries and to question the logic of their peers. Commercial games naturally engage students in mathematical discussion, providing an easy transition from mathematical thinking towards mathematical language. During this session, teachers will be invited to explore commercial math games and experience the natural mathematical thinking and discussions that result from the games. Then, we will share effective prompts and motivating questions to ask during game play to guide students towards the target mathematical ideas. Through this, teachers will learn how commercial games can be used to engage students in deep mathematical thinking as a precursor to rich mathematical communication.


Janelle McFeetors

Dr. Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interested in supporting... Read More →

Brita Pederson

Brita Pederson is an undergraduate student in her fourth year of a Bachelors of Education at the University of Alberta. She believes it is important to center learning around the students by considering what they know and what interests them. She is interested in using collaboration... Read More →

Friday February 8, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Chateau Lacombe: Klondike Room B
  • Room Details Lecture Max Capacity - 60
  • Grade Focus 43620
  • Tags English