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Back to Early Math Symposium June 2024

Nurturing Reasoning and Communication In Math With Early Learners

In this session we will take a look at how to extend children’s natural curiosity through the use of same and different images that surface mathematical concepts. As we watch the brilliance of young students investigate tasks, we will discuss how to elicit ideas that strategically push on student thinking to explore the development of reasoning and communication skills in mathematics.

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Jody Guarino

Jody is a teacher educator who supports teacher and student learning at the elementary level. She considers teaching and learning central to all of her work. Jody believes children, and adults, are sense makers and bring intuitive knowledge to their classrooms. Through the development of content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, knowledge for teaching, and understanding student thinking, her goal is for all students to be proficient. She has been a classroom teacher, district mentor, teacher on special assignment, and administrator. Working at district, state, and national levels, Jody has developed and implemented research-based professional learning with preservice and inservice teachers and administrators across the country. She has been involved in several research projects, understanding how teachers can learn to learn from mathematics teaching, investigating the use of video to support teacher learning, exploring professional learning that supports discourse and argumentation in elementary classrooms, and understanding and implementing school wide improvement initiatives in mathematics and english language arts. Jody works as manager of the Teaching and Learning Instructional Leadership Collaborative.

Sue is a teacher educator who partners with elementary grade level teachers to support instruction. First and foremost she identifies as an advocate for children's' thinking in providing them a voice and space to learn which supports them to develop a strong sense of identity as competent doers of mathematics. Additionally she has a passion for learning alongside teachers to provide equitable and meaningful math instruction that position students at the center. Sue has been an educator for 15 years, teaching and coaching across Tk-5th grade classrooms in surrounding Los Angeles and Orange County Schools. She has served as a math facilitator for the UCLA Math Project and is currently a math coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education for the Teaching and Learning Instructional Leadership Collaborative.

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Sue Kim

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