Keynote Presentation - 8:30 a.m.
Matthew Oldridge, Resource Teacher of Effective Mathematics, Peel District School Board
Matthew Oldridge is one of the lead resource teachers for mathematics at the Peel District School Board. Matthew has been teaching for more than 15 years, primarily grades 4 to 8. He extends his passion of math, surprise and wonder outside of the classroom as a father, husband and TEDx speaker. Plus, Matthew thinks he has the coolest job title ever!
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Keynote presentation: Math should be full of surprise and wonder
Does pi ever end? Is infinity a number? What interesting patterns can you find in the times tables? Where is math found in the world around us? Why is Costco the mathiest store there is?
Matthew Oldridge believes that math classrooms should be places of surprise, and wonder—always! For this to happen, students need to be exposed to more than timetables and worksheets. Children will surprise us with the power of their mathematical thinking, when it happens in open spaces.
During his keynote, Matthew will help parents think about big, important mathematical ideas, understand how teachers teach in the classroom, and how parents can help children outside of the classroom.
Afternoon session: Math is where we find it
As parents, we always wonder how we can help our children learn outside of the classroom. When it comes to mathematics, the learning can begin anywhere. In our daily lives, math is all around us and waiting to be found. Math is in our fridges, when we go grocery shopping, in the games we play, on our streets, and in the rocks and trees of forests. We will explore how to find math in our everyday lives and make math talk and play part of our children's everyday routines. Come ready to participate and talk math.