Learning how to Reason in Junior Secondary - Scaffolding Mathematical Reasoning


Many classroom teachers equip their students with strategies for interpreting and unpacking mathematical problems, however less time is given to the ‘how to’ of reasoning. Reasoning skills do not come naturally to many students, and need to be modelled and scaffolded for them. What exactly do we mean by “Justify your answer”? Or “Explain your method”?

In this presentation, teacher and author, Carolyn Smales, will demonstrate how simple mathematical reasoning questions can be used to build a bank of reasoning skills. She will present problems that stimulate and challenge mathematical thinking, and demonstrate how to use problems to unpack the cognitive skills that students need to become proficient reasoners.

She will also show how these principles have been applied to Bit Maths - a forthcoming secondary maths program, which employs a Reasoning Wizard to explicitly guide students through the cognitive process of unpacking reasoning questions.

Brad Gaylard
Carolyn Smales

Session Code Session Date Session Start Session Finish Session Location Places Remaining
B-34 06/12/2018 11:00 am 12:00 pm La Trobe University
J-27 07/12/2018 03:40 pm 04:40 pm La Trobe University


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