Spatial reasoning is critical to mathematical thinking and achievement. This engaging and practical workshop will focus on embedding spatial reasoning activities into all math strands so students gain strong conceptual understanding of the math. An overview of what spatial reasoning will be given as well as how to ‘spatialize’ the Alberta math curriculum. Spatial activities that use manipulatives, visual representations, and technology will be explored. The power of visualization and related activities will also be investigated.
**This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education**
Diane Stang has been an educator for nearly 35 years, working in variousroles in the public and private sector. She began her career as a classroom andspecial education teacher, and later, as a systems resource coach. Next, shebecame a student achievement officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education,supporting educators in all subject areas, especially in mathematics. She hasalso been a provincial math facilitator for the ministry, with a special focus onsupporting students with learning disabilities in math. In conjunction with herministry work, Diane has developed professional learning math video resources.Diane is now working as a math consultant for Ontario school boards andmost recently, for Scholastic Canada. She also offers a variety of engagingpresentations and workshops on math, both online and at conferences.