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Graham Fletcher: 3-Act Tasks

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Agency: CESA 3
Agency Contact: Kristin Galle
Agency Assistant: Kate Hennessy 608-822-2149
Location: CESA 3
Facility: Conference Room C/D
3/4/2020 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM

Please note that this event will be held at CESA 3, Conference Room C/D, 1300 Industrial Dr., Fennimore, WI
Originally, it was scheduled for Deer Valley Lodge.

Session Description: 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.

Participants will:

  • 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 regular practice.  Participants will identify when and how these lessons can be used throughout the scope of a unit.

  • Understand how problem-based lessons can be used within the instructional framework (opening, work session, close), and the purposeful moves required to orchestrate an effective closing session.

  • Identify ways in which problem-based lessons can be used as formative assessment to monitor student growth.

  • Connect 3-act tasks to conceptual learning and application, and the role they play in modeling with mathematics.

    • Content development focus - Progression of Fractions

Grade levels: 3rd-6th grade teachers and 7th-8th grade teachers will also be invited with the understanding of the content focus.


3-Act Tasks, developed by Graham Fletcher, are real world math problems that model as contextual, visual and concrete. In this session, participants will explore problem solving, real-world and perplexing questions and Graham will demonstrate how 3-Act Tasks support daily math instruction and learning.

Graham Fletcher has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional leader, and currently as a math specialist for over ten years. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States.


Participant Cancellation Policy: You must contact CESA #3 to cancel prior to the scheduled event. CESA #3 will only provide full refund of registration fees depending on individual circumstances. Refunds depend upon the ability of CESA #3 to cancel any financial obligations created by the registration such as meals, materials, etc. CESA #3 reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by e-mail or phone if a workshop is cancelled. If a participant is a 'no show' the school will be billed for the registration fee, or loss of the 'free' attendance slot. Weather Conditions: If a workshop has been cancelled due to weather conditions, every effort will be made to reschedule the workshop. If weather conditions are questionable, please check the CESA 3 webpage or listen to your local radio station for event cancellations or delays. Accommodations: If you need an accommodation to participate including interpreter services (sign language or other spoken language) please email the workshop contact to set up these services. A two-week notice is appreciated. CESA #3 is handicapped accessible.