Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction 

Concept-Based Mathematics

Services


Jennifer Chang-Wathall offers a variety of services from one to five day face to face workshops providing courses to support the implementation of a concept based and inquiry led curriculum. She also delivers four-week long online Concept-Based Mathematics courses for K-12 educators. As a qualified DISC trainer and Performance Coach she assists schools with leadership development, management training, conflict management, team building and promoting effective communication in the workplace. She is also an international keynote speaker at conferences around the world. ​Jennifer has conducted numerous IB workshops and acted as an IB Field Representative to support new IB schools in implementing the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme. Below are some examples of workshops she has facilitated.


Please contact her email jenniferwathall@jenniferwathall.com for more information about how to tailor these

workshops to your context.



​Concept Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom 


In this workshop the following questions will be addressed:

  • How is knowledge structured and how can we utilize that structure to develop the intellect?

  • How can we move to a three-dimensional curriculum and instruction model that allows us to compact the overloaded curriculum, and teach both factual and conceptual knowledge with greater depth and rigour?

  • What is a conceptual lens and how can we use it to develop higher levels of thinking and increased motivation for learning?

  • How can we design instruction to achieve synergistic thinking between the factual and conceptual levels of knowledge and understanding?

  • How do we scaffold thinking to deeper levels?

  • How do we develop different kinds of guiding questions to path student thinking from the factual to the conceptual level of understanding?

  • What is the difference between an Activity and a Performance of Deep Understanding?

  • What does concept-based instruction “look like” in the classroom?


​Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding K-12

​Traditional curriculum focuses on rules and procedures with little understanding of the conceptual relationships of mathematics—and mathematics is a language of conceptual relationships. Traditional curriculum assumes the deep understanding of concepts, and fails to teach for transferability, or to consider context.
With the exponential growth of information and knowledge students need to move to a higher level of abstraction. We need to develop students’ ability to critically think and reason, in order to solve complex problems and create new ideas.
This workshop will address the following questions:

  • Why is it important for students to learn conceptually?

  • What are the facts, processes and concepts in mathematics?

  • How do I craft generalizations in mathematics?

  • How do I plan units of work for concept-based mathematics curriculum?

  • How do I captivate and engage students? Practical strategies for the classroom?

  • How do I integrate technology to foster conceptual understanding? 


​Embedding the Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom

This workshop looks at the multitudes of technological opportunities that teachers can provide for their students. 
The following questions will be addressed in this workshop:

  • How can technology enhance understanding of the concepts of a discipline?

  • How do you ensure innovative uses of technology enhance learning? 

  • What are some effective technological tools that are used around the world?

  • How do you implement a laptop programme effectively?

  • How do you ensure students use technology appropriately? 


Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century 

This workshop looks at the of the pedagogical approaches to prepare students for the 21st Century. 
The following questions are addressed:

  • How do we prepare our students for the 21st Century? 

  • What skills do we need to develop in our students to be successful global citizens? 

  • What pedagogical principles help foster development of 21st Century skills? 


​Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction

​What does a differentiated classroom look like? How do we cater for the needs of all of our students?
This workshop will cover the following elements:

  • Principles of differentiated instruction

  • Strategies and tools for a differentiated classroom 

  • Designing differentiated curriculum and instruction

  • Formative assessment strategies ​


​​​Jennifer Chang-Wathall