Winter Conference 2014 Resources 

 

The 2014 Winter Conference of the Virginia Mathematics Specialists

Advocating  Appropriate Applications A3

was held September 25-26, 2014

at

Germana Community College

in Culpeper, Virginia

 

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VACMS 2014 Winter Conference Program  

 

Each of the presentations was given a session number in the program.   If presentation materials are available they are provided below, by session number, in the order they were presented in the program. 

 

The keynote speaker was Michael Bolling,

Director, Officer of Mathematics and Governor's Schools, Virginia Department of Education

DOWNLOAD HIS KEYNOTE PRESENTATION HERE 

Session A3:  ASSISTING MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS IN ADDING RIGOR TO THEIR INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENTS 

Stacey Lauffer, Floyd T. Binns Middle School, Culpeper County Publix Schools and Kelli Huntley, Culpeper Middle School, Culpeper County Public Schools

Presenters shared ideas and discussed how to assist middle school math teachers as they are working to improve their instruction by incorporating more rigor.  They examined and adapted assessment items by focusing on both Bloom's and Depth of Knowledge levels.                     DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE

Session B2:  INCREASING TEACHER CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PEDAGOGY THROUGH COLLABORATIVE TEAM PLANNING

Che Abdeljawad, Barrett Elementary, Arlington Public Schools

Learn how to coach teachers to align their adopted curriculum with the Virginia Standards of Learning, the Process Standards for Mathematics, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, and the SOL Blueprint documents.  Learn to coach teachers to set up an effective math community of learners during the first month of school and to write specific content and language objectives to raise student achievement for the range of learners, including students with special needs and highly able students.

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Session C1:  PROMOTING THE USE OF REPRESENTATIONS MAKING CONNECTIONS IN THE ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM 

Debra Delozier, Mathematics Specialist, Virginia Department of Education

As leaders in your school or division, how do you support teachers as they strive to help students make connections and use effective and appropriate representations in the mathematics classroom?                                                        DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE

Session C2:  USING PERFORMANCE TASKS FOR FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT 

Debbie Crawford, Supervisor, Frederick County Public Schools and Larry Burner, James Wood Middle School and Frederick County Middle, Frederick County Public Schools

Are you interested in increasing the cognitive demand of the tasks that your students experience?  Wondering where to get rich tasks and how to modify them?  Are you using tasks to identify misconceptions to plan next instructional steps?  Experience the entire learning cycle from task selection, analysis, modification to implementation and analysis of student work using the VDOE rubric.  Access the Frederick Public K-8 site of over 100 tasks!                   DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE  

Session C3:  PROMOTING THE USE OF REPRESENTATIONS AND MAKING CONNECTIONS IN THE SECONDARY MATHEMATICS CLASSROOM

Michael Bolling, Director, Office of Mathematics and Governor's Schools, Virginia Department of Education

As leaders in your school or division, how do you support teachers as they strive to help students make connections and use effective and appropriate representations in the mathematics classroom?                                              DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE

Session D1: DEVELOPING MULTIPLICATIVE THINKING: THE POWER OF GROUPING IN K-2

Candy Standley, AG Richardson Elementary, Culpeper County Schools and Kristen Brink, Emerald Hill Elementary, Culpeper County Public Schools

Participants explored the importance of providing opportunities for children to develop multiplicative thinking in the early grades.  Participants also discussed the effectiveness of various activities and how those activities can be shared with teachers in their schools.                       

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE           DOWNLOAD THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK            DOWNLOAD THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK  LABELS 

Session D2 and F3:  MODIFYING TEXTBOOK TASKS TO INCREASE RIGOR IN 6-8 CLASSROOMS

Vickie Inge, Retired Teacher Educator

How do Mathematics Specialists and teacher leaders help classroom teachers to modify textbook tasks to incorporate the Process Goals and create a more rigorous learning opportunity for students?  Participants learned simple and efficient modification strategies so that the task has a low threshold-high ceiling and provides multiple points of entry to students. In addition, the modified tasks provide students more and different opportunities to reason and prove than the original tasks. 

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Session E1:  USING LESSON STUDY TO SUPPORT TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

Justin Hose, Redbud Run Elementary, Frederick County Public Schools and Tres Wells, Stony Point Elementary, Albemarle County Public Schools

Lesson study is a method of professional development originating from Japan. It is a rigorous opportunity for teachers to collaborate, read research, and reflect on their own teaching. The real power in lesson study is that it is teacher-driven. This allows teachers to be vested in their own development. Lesson study is a great way for teachers to explore the process standards more in depth and to learn about research-based teaching strategies.                    DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE

Session E3:  A PROGRESSION FOR TEACHING PROPORTIONAL REASONING

Rose Averett, Gayle and Wright Middle Schools and Kimberly McGeehee, Dixon-Smith and HH Poole Middle Schools (Stafford County Public Schools)

Proportional reasoning is the cornerstone of higher mathematics, and yet so difficult for students (and some adults) to comprehend.  As a mathematics specialist, help your teachers understand the layering of ideas and activities that will aid their students with proportional reasoning.  Prior to tackling a proportion algorithm, experience some tasks that will support your teachers in building their students' understanding of ratio relationships.           DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION HERE

DOWNLOAD THE ZIP FILE CONTAINING OVER 24 HANDOUTS/ACTIVITIES HERE

Session F1:  USING CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE RIGOROUS LESSONS

Justin Hose, Redbud Run Elementary, Frederick County Public Schools and Tres Wells, Stony Point Elementary, Albemarle County Public Schools

Time is always an issue for teachers.  Cross-curricular activities make it easier to cover content while helping students make connections to other subjects and topics.  We will look at how language, science, and social studies can be integrated with math to make a more meaningful experience for students.

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