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Saturday, February 28 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Making Meaningful Connections: Student Artifacts and Technology LIMITED

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By shifting our focus on teaching students what to learn, we need to look deeper into how they learn. Technology such as computers, phones, and video games are everywhere! Students love to draw, doodle, and sketch on their notes, assignments, and even on tests. Mathematics and art have an amazing connection and teaching mathematics with art can be an excellent teaching strategy. Why not implement these resources into the curriculum and allow time and space for them to interact with technology and express themselves using individual art pieces in our mathematics classrooms?

Educators need to explore questions related to how tests, feedback and problem solving help our students learn. I have found that connecting mathematical concepts with technology and individual art pieces to be an extremely successful teaching method! The discovery of this strategy has helped me diversify instruction, give frequent and immediate feedback, administer frequent low-stakes testing, provide ultra-rich, complex narrative tasks with grapple time, incorporate distributed practice, and focus on far fewer concepts. This teaching style addresses diverse learning styles, allows the artistically gifted students to shine, provides opportunity for students to move about the classroom, permits students to express their individuality, encourages creativity by engaging the right side of the brain, and accepts peer collaboration and teamwork leading to more meaningful conversations and interactions.

This session will demonstrate how to incorporate technology and student generated art work to display individual understanding of mathematical concepts/problems and their connections to real-word applications. I am currently using Ko’s Journey as the nucleus to drive instruction; while playing Ko’s Journey, students grapple with solutions and create strategies for solving problems, engage in meaningful discussions with their peers, relate each lesson to real world applications, and create individual pieces of art to display what they learned based on a teacher generated rubric.

Note: This session will also be offered on Friday Morning at 11:15 am
BYOD: Please bring a laptop, if you have access to one, with you to this session.

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Scott Laidlaw

CEO, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels, since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused his research and development on how students learn mathematics through the imagination. Scott began teaching math at a middle school where fewer than 28% of his students were proficient in math... Read More →

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Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

Teacher, DeVargas Middle School
I am coming to MidSchoolMath after having been educated that the best way to teach math is through experiential learning.  Throughout my career my training has always remained something I had struggle to implement though I full heartedly believed in it.  The demands of the day to day workings of what must be taught always seemed to supersede the method of instruction I believed would truly work.  I was carefully encouraged to be... Read More →

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Set in the dawn of civilization, students tranform into an ancient Mesopotamian "ruler" and manager the problems of their empire, such as how wide to build their granary, or the distance to trade with neighboring empires. But don't let the simplicity of the questions deceive the multi-step math challenges they represent. | | The social network takes on new meaning, as the comprehesive concepts of 7th grade math, and bride concepts for 6th and... Read More →

Saturday February 28, 2015 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

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