The Power of Progressions: Untangling the Knotty Areas of Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Course description: 

The morning session will focus on addition, subtraction and place value for K – 3 teachers.  The afternoon session will focus on fractions for teachers of grades 3 – 6. 


As more teachers look to add high-yield tasks to their repertoire, the struggle to make it all work becomes real. Let’s examine how problem-based lessons can be used throughout the scope of a unit and how we can harness their power to move student thinking forward. We’ll identify strategies and explore some tasks that help us find a healthy balance between application, conceptual understanding, and procedural fluency.


Engage in grade-appropriate 3-act tasks and understand how the implementation of low-entry, high-scalability tasks can be used to reach all students.


  • Explore the use of 3-act tasks as a regular practice and identify when these lessons can be used throughout the scope of a unit.
  • Understand how 3-act tasks and problem-based lessons can be used within the instructional framework (opening, work session, close), and the purposeful moves to orchestrate an effective closing session.
  • Identify ways in which problem-based lessons can be used to monitor student growth.
  • Connect 3-Act Tasks to conceptual learning and application, and identify how this approach is instrumental in developing procedural fluency. 

About the Presenter:  Graham Fletcher has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional lead, and currently as a math specialist.  His work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond.


Graham is continually advocating for best practice in elementary mathematics by seeking new and innovative ways to support students and teachers in their development of conceptual understanding. He is a coauthor of Building Fact Fluency: A Toolkit for Addition and Subtraction.


Cost: $160 ACCEPT members per session;  $200 non-members per session

Audience:  General Educators and Support Teachers, Instructional Coaches & Curriculum Leaders, Administrators 

Location:·   Live sessions via Zoom

Earn:  3 PDPs per session