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Friday, February 16 • 8:30am - 9:10am
Opening Session: Developing Problem Solvers and NOT Just Rule Followers
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In the past, students in mathematics classes were told “you won’t always have a calculator with you, therefore you need to learn this stuff.”  However, due to technological advances today’s students not only have a calculator in their pocket at all times, they have mini computers (i.e. smartphones).  Thus, educators must evolve in their instructional approaches to meet current student needs.  In addition, there must be a concerted effort to prepare students not for jobs of the past or present, but for jobs of the future.  Jobs which will require problem-solving skills and not just procedural skills.  This session will explore key components to revitalizing mathematics classrooms to meet this future need. 

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Dr. Kristopher J. Childs

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
Kristopher J. Childs, PhD, is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Curriculum and Instruction STEM Program at Texas Tech University. He teaches within the STEM Education Program focusing ondeveloping pragmatic STEM education researcher’s and global STEM educator’s... Read More →

Friday February 16, 2018 8:30am - 9:10am CST