What a great first day!
To get in the literacy mood, we first read the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Led by Dr. Kane, participants unpacked the often tacit literacy practices used during sense making. Participants noted several things, including accessing prior knowledge, creating mental imagery, double reading, and reading aloud. Then participants contrasted poetry reading with reading a NCTM mathematics task. Participants described using literacy practices including rereading, looking for key words, and making personal connections.
Throughout the day participants tackled more rich mathematical tasks, paying particular attention to the critical role literacy plays in sensemaking. For example, participants noted that different types of graphs required different types of sense making, leading Dr. Kane to describe them as different "genres" of graphs (i.e. bar graph, line graph, etc.)
Participants consistently used their document cameras throughout the day (part of their welcome package they received in the mail), putting on their "student hats" to share work on mathematical tasks with one another. Participants discussed how they could see that their students will benefit from the use of the document camera in their classrooms, likely increasing student ownership and engagement.
In the days ahead we will dive deeper into mathematical literacy, getting specific about what it is and how we support students to engage in the related literacy practices.