In this session, you will deepen your understanding of parents’ needs and wants as they pertain to their children’s elementary mathematics education, as well as examine your own beliefs about partnering with parents. We will provide guidance for teachers and leaders on how to communicate with parents and caregivers, as well as offer practical tips that educators and school leaders can use immediately to systematically change their relationships with families.
Building Fact Fluency Through Virtual Storytelling
Presenter: Graham Fletcher
Date: January 19, 2021
When we ask students to memorize their facts, we are essentially asking them to memorize over 100 isolated equations. This approach doesn’t allow students to explore the relationships between numbers that are foundational to mathematics. In this session, we’ll explore the important role that context plays in developing fact fluency. By purposefully sequencing a series of tasks and activities through the same context, students can begin to make connections and develop an understanding that is scalable well beyond single digits.
The Best Online Teaching Tool: Socially Relevant Math
Presenter: Dashiell Young-Saver
Date: January 5, 2021
Data is at the center of discussions about police use of force & race, climate change, educational inequity, and many other important social issues. As math teachers, how can we lead meaningful discussions on such topics while teaching in the often tech-issue-ridden, awkward, and dehumanizing online setting? Together we’ll tackle this challenge by exploring the #1 predictor for students’ ability to succeed while learning online: their genuine interest in the content.
Wonder, Plan, Run, Reflect: Action Research in the Math Classroom
Presenter: Theresa Hickey
Date: December 15, 2020
Being a responsive educator means getting to know your learners, leveraging their strengths, and tailoring your approaches so that the highest level of learning can take place. To do this, you need to try new things. But how will you know if your adjustments are making a difference?…. Action research! Join us for some great tips on designing and running this research in your own classroom!
Bringing the Math Back: Lessons in Educational Recovery from Around the World
Presenters: Brianna Kurtz
Date: December 1, 2020
We’ve been told repeatedly that we are teaching in unprecedented times, but in fact this is not the first round of education recovery post-natural disaster in modern times. We will look at lessons from around the world and how various nations reshaped their mathematics classrooms after interruptions due to disease, war, and weather-related phenomena. In these stories of resilience and innovation, we will imagine how our own classrooms may be reimagined in the wake of Covid-19.
The Park City Math Institute (PCMI) is an intensive 3-week residential conference that’s been around in some form or another for 30+ years. The Teacher Leadership Program of PCMI offers a phenomenal professional opportunity for classroom teachers unlike anything else around. The global pandemic may have interfered with 2020, but come see what’s up for PCMI 2021!
Teaching mathematics includes student to student collaboration. Learn how to create structures that keep students focused, positive, and talking in breakout rooms. The gradual release structures can be used in any grade level.
Promoting Mathematical Literacy: What our students need to know, why they struggle, how we can help!
Presenter: Mindy Adair
Date: October 27, 2020
Learning math is complex and challenging. Participants will have the opportunity to consider what our students really need to know, why math is difficult for many students, from social, emotional, and environmental elements, to the learning profiles for dysgraphia and dyscalculia, and how we can best support our math teachers and diverse learners.
Many students experience difficulty with math and require targeted math support. In this presentation, we’ll focus on the design and delivery of math intervention. We’ll review how to select critical content to teach in intervention. Then, we’ll highlight five practices (explicit instruction, precise language, multiple representations, fluency building, and problem-solving instruction) with a strong evidence base for improving math outcomes for students who experience math difficulty. By the end of this presentation, you’ll know what works in math intervention!
Presenters: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind and Christy Thompson
Date: September 22, 2020
Come learn about Hands-Down Conversations, a structure for dialogue in which students take the lead, building agency and understandings as mathematicians and readers. We’ll dig into strategies for engaging in argumentation and explore the crossover between the content areas.