Teaching Mathematics Concepts Through Stories
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Margaret Chin
Jamaica Teachers’ Association
Dr. Margaret Chin is the Assistant Secretary General in charge of Professional Services at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association. Dr. Chin holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Sheffield in England, an honours degree in School Counselling from Western Carolina University (USA) and a Masters degree with distinction in Special Education from Nova Southeastern University, also in the USA. She received her teaching certification from the then Mico Teachers’ College. She has also received several awards for her work in the field of education and research.
Dr. Chin has nearly two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and a Guidance Counsellor. She has worked at the early childhood, primary, high school and tertiary levels. Dr. Chin has been conducting in-service training workshops for teachers for many years both locally, and in the Caribbean. She has worked as Education Consultant on several projects with international agencies such as USAID, Centre of Excellence for Teaching Training (CETT), and the European Union (EU).
Mathematics requires students to understand numbers, abstract symbols, and needs to have a command of the specific academic meanings of many vocabulary words. Teaching mathematical concepts through stories may be one way to improving mathematics achievement. Reading stories can help students read, comprehend, and apply the text so that they may solve mathematical problems.
In this presentation, participants will learn how to provide students are with scaffolding that uses active reading strategies, which are modelled and practiced with mathematics content. Participants will also be able to apply intentional explicit instructional strategies to help students develop strong mathematics vocabulary through the use of stories.