Fall Conference 2015 Resources 

 

 

The 2015 Fall Conference of the Virginia Mathematics Specialists

was held September 24-25, 2015

at

NASA Langley

in Hampton, Virginia

 

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VACMS 2015 Fall Conference Program   

and

Program Update 

 

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Keynote Address

Equitable Pedagogy: Using Principles to Actions to frame Access & Equity

 Robert Q. Berry, III, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Participants will consider productive and unproductive beliefs with an emphasis on facilitating all students’ development of mathematical processes and practices. Participants will be challenged to consider beliefs that hinder students’ mathematical growth. The mathematics teaching practices from Principles to Actions will be discussed as a strategy for promoting high quality teaching and learning.

DOWNLOAD KEYNOTE PRESENTATION HERE.pptx

Session A1:  Learning from Student Work

Laurel Lynch, Mathematics Coach, Arlington Public Schools and Tracy Gaither, Mathematics Coach, Arlington Public Schools

Common formative assessments allow coaches and teachers to reflect collaboratively on current and future instruction. By analyzing student work, participants discuss different responses and discover patterns of thinking across students and classrooms while delving into the mathematical foundations and misconceptions individual students have. Using research-based protocols, participants analyze student work while learning strategies for incorporating reflecting on student learning and development into their coaching practice, working with grade-level teams and the school community.         DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE     

Session A2:  Project and Problem-Based Instruction: Taking the “Why Do We Need to Know This?” Out of Math

April Lanotte, Educational Consultant, NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate

Project and Problem-Based Instruction (PBI) reach out to a variety of students, no matter their interest. This hands-on workshop highlights NASA PBI lessons that combine different subjects, without requiring you to be a math teacher AND a social studies teacher AND a science teacher, yet connect these fields. Try out activities, take home guidance about building your own PBI, and share ideas with others. Whatever your comfort level, there is something in this workshop for everyone. (Kindergarten through Algebra I)

DOWNLOAD A2 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf

Session A3:  Geometry Fun with Two Guys

Tres Wells, Mathematics Teacher, Albemarle County and Justin Hose, Mathematics Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools

Come explore several hands-on geometry activities designed for students to explore concepts such as Pick's Theorem, Euler's Theorem for Polyhedron, and Soma Cubes. (Grade 3 through 8)

DOWNLOAD A3 PRESENTATION HERE.pptx

Session A4:  Motivational Strategies for Mathematics Leaders

Dr. Jean Mistele, Assistant Professor, Radford University and Dr. Betti Kreye, Associate Clinical Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

From our research with mathematic specialists cohort, we identified the importance of motivational skills needed for effective leadership within a school.  The MUSIC model (Jones, 2009) of academic motivation was designed to support the teacher-student relationship.  In this session participants will examine the application of this model to another type of relationship that is the math leader-teacher relationship.  Participants will examine the five components of the MUSIC model from reading articles and analyzing videos.  

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE  

Session B1: NASA Science for the Math Classroom

Kristyn Damadeo, Education/Public Outreach Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center and

Preston Lewis, Education/Public Outreach Specialist, NASA Langley Research Center

This session will share the math resources that have been developed to engage students in NASA’s Earth Science missions. Session participants will learn all that NASA Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate has to offer when it comes to using real NASA science and data in the math classroom through a variety of activities and lessons and math problems. (Kindergarten through Algebra I).

DOWNLOAD B1 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf

Session B3:  ILO-CRA-SC: What Does It All Mean?

Connie Shepard, Mathematics Specialist, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools and

Dr. Terri Roettinger, Mathematics Coordinator, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

Student success – What does it look like? How do you measure and provide feedback?  This presentation will lead you through a collaborative process that will help you to reflect, define, and develop student understanding through the use of the Concrete-Representation-Abstract structure.  Incorporated in this session will be a focus on the inclusion of the VDOE approved Math-Aides in curriculum planning and instruction.  (Grade 3 through Algebra I)

DOWNLOAD B3 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf

Session B4:  Facilitating Math Talks for Middle and High School Students

Carol Walsh Division Mathematics Specialist, Middlesex County Public Schools, and Jamey Lovin, Math Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Presenters shared how Math Talks used in Elementary Schools can be facilitated at the Middle and High School levels.  Using a variety of sources, the presenters demonstrated how to adapt math talks for upper grades strengthening student number sense and assisting in making connections to prior knowledge.  Through participating in a Math Talk, participants learned the power of these 5 to 10 minute classroom sessions.        DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE        DOWNLOAD HANDOUTS HERE 

Session C1:  Using Model Drawing in Solving Word Problem

Ernestine Saville-Brock, Mathematics Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools

A model drawing approach is a concrete method in comprehending and solving word problems.  By students drawing out what they are reading, the students can create a visual model of the problem and increase their chances of successfully solving the problem.  Participants will be actively engaged in solving word problems using this strategy.

                                                                  DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE                       DOWNLOAD HANDOUT HERE    

Session C2:  Learning from Student Work

Laurel Lynch, Mathematics Coach, Arlington Public Schools and Tracy Gaither, Mathematics Coach, Arlington Public Schools

Common formative assessments allow coaches and teachers to reflect collaboratively on current and future instruction. By analyzing student work, participants discuss different responses and discover patterns of thinking across students and classrooms while delving into the mathematical foundations and misconceptions individual students have. Using research-based protocols, participants analyze student work while learning strategies for incorporating reflecting on student learning and development into their coaching practice, working with grade-level teams and the school community.         DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE                 

Session C3:  From Cell Phones to Purposeful Questioning

Vickie Inge, Retired Mathematics Educator, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition

Participants were introduced to the new NCTM publication, Principles to Practice: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All and the supporting website.  Participants solved and discussed a mathematics task and watched a video clip of a class working on the task.  They related the teacher and student actions, in particular questioning, to proven effective mathematics teaching practices and considered how the specific mathematics teaching practice applied to improving student achievement.

                                         DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE                                             DOWNLOAD HANDOUT HERE                    

Session D1:  From Donuts to Purposeful Questioning

Vickie Inge, Retired Mathematics Educator, Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition

Participants were introduced to the new NCTM publication, Principles to Practice: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All and the supporting website.  Participants solved and discussed a mathematics task and watched a video clip of a class working on the task.  They related the teacher and student actions, in particular questioning, to proven effective mathematics teaching practices and considered how the specific mathematics teaching practice applied to improving student achievement.

                                         DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE                                             DOWNLOAD HANDOUT HERE           

Session D2Problem Solving + Rigor + (Reading Proficiency?) = Mathematical Thinker

Kathleen Ann McKenna, Mathematics Specialist, Westmoreland County Public Schools

It’s an age old problem. Are we testing students’ math skills or reading skills? Now add “rigor” to our math problems. Can our weaker readers still become math problem solvers? Let a math specialist, reading specialist, and third grade teacher show you how math problems become math stories and reading proficiency is taken out of the equation. (Kindergarten through Grade 5) 

DOWNLOAD D2 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf

Session D3: Coaching the Mathematical Teaching Practices: Building Number Sense

Rhonda White, Mathematics Teacher Specialist, Norfolk Public Schools

How can we encourage teachers to utilize the eight research-based Mathematics Teaching Practices outlined in the NCTM publication Principles to Standards? This session will outline techniques to utilize this resource as a professional learning tool with engaging coaching that will deepen mathematics instruction to build Number Sense. Come ready to engage in simulations and get a chance to plan how to incorporate this resource into your own work. (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

                                                              DOWNLOAD D3 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf             D3 Handouts.pdf

Session D4:  Flipped Classroom: What is it: Why Should I do it? How do I Get Started?

Adam Semo, Mathematics Teacher, Henrico Public Schools and Chip McNamara, Mathematics Teacher, Henrico Public Schools

If only my students would do their homework.  If only my students had more practice time.  If only I could give my students more individual attention. If only I could take a fresh approach without starting over completely.  If only I could walk away from a presentation, and immediately implement what I have learned.  This is that presentation.

                                                                                  LINK TO ADAM AND CHIP'S PRESENTATION

Session E1: Multiplicative Thinking in K-2

Candy Standley, Mathematics Specialist, Culpeper Public Schools and Kristen Brink, Mathematics Specialist, Culpeper Public Schools

Participants will explore the importance of providing opportunities for children to develop multiplicative thinking in the early grades.  Participants will investigate the effectiveness of various activities can be shared with teachers in their schools. (Kindergarten through Grade 3)

DOWNLOAD E1 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf   

                          DOWNLOAD BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK HERE.pdf      DOWNLOAD BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK LABELS HERE.pdf

                          DOWNLOAD ADVENTURE CAMP TASK HERE.pdf       DOWNLOAD COUNTING COLLECTIONS WORKSHEET HERE.pdf 

Session E2: Pizza Pi Night: A Family Math Game Night

Erin Vickrey, Mathematics Specialist, City of Virginia Beach Public Schools and Jacqueline Blair, Mathematics Specialist, City of Virginia Beach Public Schools

In this session, participants will hear how three secondary schools joined together to co-host a family math night.  This session will provide participants with information on how to plan and implement an effective student-led math night.  Specific attention will be given to how math nights can be used as a vehicle for developing mathematical confidence in students and families and assist in making connections between concepts as they articulate across the grade levels.  (Grade 6 through Algebra I)

DOWNLOAD E2 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf

           E2-Math Night Agenda Roles.docx        E2-Math Night Passport.docx       E2-Save the Date.docx         E2-VALUE OF WORDS.docx 

               E2-ParentChecklistforSupportingMathLearningatHome.doc       E2-Guidance Info.docx  E2-FamilyMathNightEstimationJars.pdf

Session E3:  Integrating Probability and Data into other Content Areas

Justin Hose, Mathematics Specialist, Frederick County Public Schools and Tres Wells, Mathematics Teacher, Albemarle Public Schools

Probability and Data can easily be integrated into cross-curricular activities.  Join the Two Guys for fun and interesting activities that can be used in Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. (Kindergarten through Grade 8)

DOWNLOAD E3 PRESENTATION HERE.pptx

Session E4:  Teaching Mathematics to the iGeneration

Dr. Eric Milou, Professor, Rowan University

This session will examine how to engage, motivate, and teach the iGeneration (the internet Generation).  Participants will be provided with mathematical modeling 3 act videos, websites, and motivational strategies for students in Grades 6-10 that can lead to building better number sense and deeper conceptual understanding.

                                                                                     LINK TO DR. MILOU'S PRESENTATION

Session F2:  Building Capacity for Instructional Excellence

Pamela Aerni, K-12 Math Instructional Specialist, Dinwiddie County Public Schools

As instructional leaders in mathematics, coaches and supervisors are key players in building the capacity of teachers for instructional excellence. When teachers have confidence in their ability to design, plan, and deliver effective instruction, they provide students with optimal learning environments, including opportunities to learning through tasks. Teachers, just like students, benefit from critical feedback from coaches and peers to continue to refine their practice. Collegial conversations is the conduit to changing practice.  (Grade 6 through Algebra I)

   DOWNLOAD F2 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf       

                                   DOWNLOAD STACK OF CUPS LP HERE.pdf    DOWNLOAD STACK OF CUPS TASK HERE.pdf

                        DOWNLOAD SURROUND THE POOL LP HERE.pdf    DOWNLOAD SURROUND THE POOL TASK HERE.pdf 

Session F3: Multiplicative Thinking in K-2

Candy Standley, Mathematics Specialist, Culpeper Public Schools and Kristen Brink, Mathematics Specialist, Culpeper Public Schools

Participants will explore the importance of providing opportunities for children to develop multiplicative thinking in the early grades.  Participants will investigate the effectiveness of various activities can be shared with teachers in their schools. (Kindergarten through Grade 3)

DOWNLOAD E1 PRESENTATION HERE.pdf   

                          DOWNLOAD BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK HERE.pdf      DOWNLOAD BUTTERFLY HOUSE TASK LABELS HERE.pdf

                          DOWNLOAD ADVENTURE CAMP TASK HERE.pdf       DOWNLOAD COUNTING COLLECTIONS WORKSHEET HERE.pdf  

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