Fluency has three aspects: flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy. Let’s explore the heart of the strategic thinking for all 4 operations and discuss how we can begin that conceptual understanding while developing students’ fact fluency. Not only will students develop fluency for their basic facts, but they will be setting a foundation of flexibility that will naturally progress to their grade level content. Together we can create positive math journeys for ALL our students!
Improving College Readiness Through Mathematical Modeling
Date: January 25, 2022
Presenters: Denise Green, Alison Lynch
What does it mean to be college-ready? How do we prepare more students to succeed in college-level math? In this session, we will share how integrating mathematical modeling into K-12 and post-secondary classrooms can change classroom practices and position more students for success. You will learn about our cross-institution collaboration and engage in example modeling tasks.
As secondary math teachers know, a history of struggle in math class starts to snowball as students move from K-5 to middle school, and then into high school. A lack of prerequisite skills makes it difficult for students to engage in grade-level learning, and over time many students come to believe they aren’t “good at math” — and that they will *never* be. In this session, participants will learn a proven, 5-part process educators can use to teach rigorous content while “bridging the gap,” both in terms of students’ confidence and understanding the mathematics itself.
Beast Academy Playground: Math Games and Crafts to Foster Curiosity and Build Problem-Solving Skills
Presenter: Mark Hendrickson
Date: December 14, 2021
Think of games you loved to play as a kid: Tic-Tac-Toe, Crazy Eights, Connect Four, Tetris. Many of these involve strategic thinking and problem-solving. When we give students opportunities to play and be creative, they’ll ask genuine questions, try new things, fail, and try again! Let’s bring more math games and activities into the classroom to foster these same qualities, while at the same time practicing basic skills. In this session we’ll explore a collection of games, crafts, magic tricks, optical illusions, and more that can be used to supplement math instruction in the elementary and middle school classrooms.
Learning Targets: How Clarity Drives Understanding
Presenter: Paul Battaglia
Date: November 16, 2021
This session will emphasize the use of clear and concise learning targets in the mathematics classroom. Participants will learn strategies to writing an appropriate learning target, as well as associated success criteria so that students can better understand where they are in their learning.
Facilitating #MathPlay while Building Community and Increasing Student Engagement
Presenter: Libo Valencia
Date: November 2, 2021
How many of our students truly enjoy math class? Is math class only enjoyable for students who perform well on it? Are you sure? In this session, we will explore some ideas in how to facilitate #MathPlay in the classroom creating a more enjoyable math experience for all our learners. Learn how effective #MathPlay can lead to deeper understanding and students taking ownership over their learning.
Instructional Strategies to Promote Reasoning and Communication in Statistics
Presenter: Leigh Nataro
Date: October 19, 2021
For students to develop a deeper understanding of statistics, they need to be actively involved in reasoning and communicating their conceptual understanding. Come experience several instructional strategies based on the AP Statistics Cours and Exam Description, including building the model solution, stand & talk, error analysis and quick write.
Math Therapy: A Crash Course in Becoming a Math Therapist
Presenter: Vanessa Vakharia
Date: October 5, 2021
Did you know that pretty much anyone who thinks they’re “not a math person” has math trauma they simply haven’t worked through yet? Look, we’ve all had math teachers before…but how many of you have had a math therapist?! If you’re ready to dig deep, this crash course in math therapy is for you! This workshop will teach you the art of math therapy and empower you with the tools you need to add “math therapy” to your list of teachables. Through teaching math, we can empower our students to believe that they are capable of anything, and that everything is possible. That is the greatest gift we can give our students, and THAT is what being a math therapist is all about!
Using Virtual Manipulatives to Engage Students in Mathematical Exploration and Discovery
Presenter: David Poras
Date: September 21, 2021
Manipulatives can transform how students make meaning of important ideas by making abstract relationships visible, by teaching creativity and problem-solving, and by allowing students to explore and discover. Learn how virtual manipulatives can mirror these effects and support more complex interactions that are not possible in the physical world.
Same But Different: A Language-based Routine to Promote Equity
Presenters: Dr. Sue Looney
Date: Septembern 7, 2021
Join Sue Looney, creator of Same But Different Math, as she talks about the power of the Same But Different Math routine. Learn: Why Same But Different was created and how it helps students think powerfully; how to use Same But Different; How to create your own Same But Different images to meet your students’ needs.