Children’s Books + Big Beautiful Problems = Engagement + Flow + Joy! – Alicia Burdess
Connecting numeracy to literature is such a powerful strategy to engage students. We will explore multiple children’s books and the big, beautiful math problems that we have linked to them, resulting in rich learning experiences for all learners. This session will focus on great stories, problem-solving, engagement, connections, and joy. It will be hands-on, collaborative, and fun!
About Alicia Burdess
Numeracy Lead Teacher and Math Coach, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools
Math Learner, Teacher, and Coach. Passionate about Thinking Classrooms and Big Beautiful Problems. Author of The Dragon Curve: A Magical Math Journey.
Alicia Burdess has been a teacher, assistant principal, and math coach with Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools since 2005. She has a Master of Education Degree from Simon Fraser University. Alicia’s passion is teaching through problem-solving in a Thinking Classroom; she enjoys working with students and teachers implementing Peter Liljedahl’s research and framework. She loves visiting classrooms, presenting at conferences and PD days, and is always excited to talk about learning and loving math. She wants everyone to experience the joy, confidence, and flow of solving Big, Beautiful Problems and has recently published The Dragon Curve: A Magical Math Journey, a children’s book to share the beauty of math in English and in French.
Children’s Books + Big Beautiful Problems = Engagement + Flow + Joy! – Discussion
What was your big take away from this particular lesson?
What is something you are still wondering?
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