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Welcome to the 2015 MidSchoolMath National Conference!
For more information about the conference, please visit www.midschoolmath.com. Ample space is available in all sessions at the present time!  

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Friday, February 27
 

7:30am

Arrival and Check-in
Check-in with the MidSchoolMath Team, pick up your conference packet, then meet and mingle with fellow attendees! Complimentary coffee and hot tea will be provided.

Friday February 27, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:00am

First Look: The 2015 MSM Digital Toolset (optional)
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Take a first look at the 2015 MSM Digital Toolset being released on February 28, 2015. From an adaptable test training engine to award-winning, comprehensive CCSS games to a core LMS with an individualized assignment structure, spend 15 minutes to see what’s possible in math class. You don’t need this software to transform your classroom, but it does offer unprecedented teacher support.


Staff
avatar for Kate Martin

Kate Martin

Production Manger, MidSchoolMath
Kate brings a refreshing youthfulness along with an array of film school credentials to the team. Her charm is infectious as one of the stars of Ko’s Journey’s unprecedented bridge curriculum videos that transfer game learning to standardized tests and one of the main voices of Empires. Behind the scene, Kate is in charge of all recent film production from start to finish. Her current project is working with New Mexico teachers to... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 8:00am - 8:15am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:30am

Keynote: Beyond Relevance & Real World: Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement
Moderators
avatar for Lesley Galyas

Lesley Galyas

Director, Math and Science Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department
Director, Math and Science Bureau, NM PED
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →
avatar for Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham's life's work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders. She currently is serving as Head of School/Principal for Southwest Baltimore Charter School, in the Baltimore, MD. “I’m having some of the best... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Chief Academic Officer, Desmos
Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:00am

Cohort Circle
In these facilitated groups of 20 to 25 attendees, you can share ideas and observations or ask for input from others about your questions and challenges. You'll be assigned to your cohort on the morning you arrive at the conference, and meet with the same group of colleagues each day.

Friday February 27, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
As Assigned Santa Fe Community Convention Center

10:45am

Break
Help yourself to light snacks in the lobby, meet other attendees or just take a moment of reflection for yourself!

Friday February 27, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Branding your Class: Engage your Students by Sharing your Passion!
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At last year’s conference, Terry Norcross was introduced to the concept of “branding” himself as a teacher and became inspired to bring his love of bicycles and motorcycles into the classroom. He now uses hands-on experiences, working with manipulatives such as working engines (standard and metric), wheels, nuts and bolts, chains, pistons and gas tanks, to make math real to his students.

In this session, Terry will share how he developed and implemented his “branding” effort, then help you develop a plan to “brand” your classroom to increase student engagement and deepen learning.  You’ll discuss logistics and considerations, get first-hand input on how to overcome potential obstacles, and discuss the successes and milestones awaiting teachers who choose to share their passions with students to highlight how math can be found, and impacts, everyday life.


Presenters
avatar for Terry Norcross

Terry Norcross

6-8 Math Teacher, Albuquerque School of Excellence
Terry first had the opportunity to teach as a Marine officer in 1991. Following a career in fine art and illustration, he returned to teaching and is now in his third year of instructing 6-8th graders at Albuquerque School of Excellence in Albuquerque, NM. Terry brings his love of bicycles and motorcycles into his middle school classroom and he wants to encourage you to share your passions with your students as well.


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Financial Literacy: Make A Difference because Math Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

New research is showing significant connections between student financial literacy and math abilities which could lead to a breakthrough in teaching students this vitally important subject. However, though 89% of teachers believe financial literacy should be taught in schools, only 20% feel equipped to do so. Learn more about this research, hear how Fidelity Investments is helping teachers improve their confidence and competence in this area and how you can help shape an exciting new teacher training initiative. You will be inspired to integrate financial literacy lessons into your math class and will gain a few tips from the trade to bring home to your personal financial life!

Presenters
avatar for Leean Kravitz

Leean Kravitz

Senior Director, Public Affairs and Policy, Fidelity Investments
avatar for Rick Metters

Rick Metters

Vice President, Community Relations, Fidelity Investments
Working with Fidelity's regional Community Relations staff and various business units across the country to best implement the company's community relations strategy focusing on providing a strong educational foundation for young people and the skills needed to develop financial literacy.


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Middle School Kids Still Like to Play: Incorporating Active Learning into your Classroom
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

This session will explore the all of the Common Core mathematical practices and how they can be incorporated into a discovery-oriented classroom.

Without students being able to explore their own mathematical comprehension, their conceptual understanding will not be concrete. This session will show how students can enhance their insight and apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge by “playing” and exploring to ensure their thorough understanding of the common core principals.

Attendees will leave this session prepared and equipped with at least three hands-on activities that teachers can take into their classroom and use the next week.




Presenters
avatar for Nancy Fowler

Nancy Fowler

Math Coach/Teacher, Riverdale School District
I have taught middle school math for over 20 years. The past two years I have taught math in a k-8 as well as been the math coach for the district. Last year, I held teacher trainings on how to use the mathematical practices in the classroom.


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Problems Picante: Seeing Stars!
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This hands-on, interactive session will focus on a selection of mathematically rich problems that promote perseverance, creativity, cooperation, and connection making. Particular focus will be given to the exploration of n-pointed stars with additional non-routine problems presented as time allows.

Each problem addresses Common Core Standards for Mathematics with particular emphasis on the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Participants will work together to develop solutions and discover underlying mathematical concepts. The n-pointed stars activity will illustrate geometry and number theory standards. All eight mathematical practices will be identified and emphasized throughout the session.


Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a mathematics teacher educator at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches mathematics and pedagogy to future teachers. He is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, and eating ice cream!


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Mathematical Problems in Industry
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Last year a business panel explored “STEM and the Workforce” with feedback that the information and conversations were highly valuable. One of the questions that came out of it was: “How do we create math problems typically found in industry for our students?”

In response, representatives from some of New Mexico's leading organizations are bringing you real business issues with mathematical components. Moderated by KDSL’s Kevin Simpson who will offer protocols to support you in crafting these lessons as a basis for a math story project in your classroom.

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL
KDSL is a global educational consulting company launched by Kevin Simpson in 2007 in the USA and in 2013 in Dubai. We partner with organizations worldwide to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership. Simpson has served 400+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority of his work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. He has served as a math coach for 30 schools... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Imelda DeLaRue

Imelda DeLaRue

Optical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Imelda Atencio De La Rue has been employed as an Optical Engineer at the Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, since 1987.  She starting out as a programmer in the area of passive speckle imaging techniques applied to high resolution images of space objects.  She worked at the Starfire Optical Range, the world class research facility in adaptive optics, from 1994 to 2013... Read More →
avatar for Ron Eppes

Ron Eppes

New Mexico Community Engagement Manager, Intel
Ron Eppes is the Intel NM Community Engagement Manager. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Friends University despite struggling in 2nd grade math class. He was an Automation Engineer at Intel for 12 years before changing to Corporate Affairs. Ron holds leadership roles at several nonprofit organizations. He has been married to his wife... Read More →
avatar for Kurt Steinhaus

Kurt Steinhaus

Director of Community Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Kurt Steinhaus currently serves as Director of Community Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His work is focused on education, economic development, and community giving. Most recently, Kurt has served as education policy advisor for Governor Bill Richardson and subsequently was asked to serve as Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education. He has a Masters degree in music and a second Masters in computer science. His Doctorate is in... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Listening Matters: Teaching Mathematics from a Listening Stance
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“Here, when you said that 5 is 20% of 50, how did you get that?” Maria asks Brenda. Pausing to look at her work, Brenda replies, “I didn't do that right. I was supposed to divide by 50, I divided 50 by 10 instead of 10 by 50.”

In the midst of a lively discussion about a problem, a sixth grade student, Brenda, realizes she made a mistake. Hearing her classmate Maria’s question, Brenda courageously talks about her confusion as she returns to the board to revise her thinking. Sharing your thinking is risky business.

As this quote demonstrates, when students share their ideas during discussion, they run the risk of sharing something that is incorrect or that others in the class might not agree with. And yet, learning is often born out of working through mistakes and disagreements -- out of opportunities for students to share their thoughts and ideas about solving a math problem. Supporting students to share -- and sometimes revise -- their thinking is delicate work.

What, you might ask, makes an exchange like this possible? Our answer may surprise you. We believe it is the silent part of discussion -- listening -- that plays an essential role. We will propose that one of the most powerful ways to change how math is taught is to explicitly focus on listening. To build upon current research and the work currently happening in classrooms, we identify seven common talk moves and describe the listening that each talk move invokes. We often pay attention to what is said in discussion, but what do we notice when we turn our attention to what is heard and responded to? We argue that listening for understanding is at the heart of meaningful discussions in mathematics classrooms.

This session will explore this, and offer participants the the opportunity to reflect and share their ideas about teaching from a listening stance. You will also participate in an experiential exercise to experience what it means to shift from a talking stance to a listening stance.

Presenters
avatar for Kersti Tyson

Kersti Tyson

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Kersti Tyson is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico where she has the honor of working with NM's future and current teachers. She supports future elementary teachers to learn how to teach math in equitable ways that honor children's sense-making. She supports current teachers to study and deepen their own professional practices. Kersti taught middle school math in Santa Fe and Taos, NM, has worked in education policy, and... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Making Meaningful Connections: Student Artifacts and Technology
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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.

I am currently using Ko’s Journey as the nucleus to drive instruction. 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. 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 Saturday at 1:30 pm.
BYOD: Please bring a laptop with you to this session, if you can

Presenters
avatar for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Math / Science Teacher, CrossRoads Alternative Program
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University in 2001. Since graduation, I have inspected houses as an ASHI Certified Home Inspector, obtained my New Mexico GB-02 General Contractor License, and built 8 homes in Las Cruces, NM. I entered the teaching profession 7 years ago via the New Mexico Alternative Licensure Program. I am currently teaching Mathematics and Science at the Crossroads... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:15am

Mental Math for the Common Core
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The Common Core Standards require mental math skills at all grade levels. Students must also be able to check the validity of solutions using mental estimation. The benefits of mental math include increased working memory, and more confidence, creativity and curiosity for math.

In this session, you'll learn powerful strategies to help your students add, subtract, multiply and divide two and three digit numbers mentally with ease. You'll also examine visual explanations for how and why these strategies work. This session is specifically designed for elementary level teachers, but teachers from across all grade levels will find this session to be of interest!

Presenters
avatar for Raj Shah

Raj Shah

One who loves math, Math Plus Academy
Dr. Shah is a life-long math enthusiast who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just memorize. Since then, Dr. Shah has been building curriculum that develops problem-solving skills, builds confidence, and sparks curiosity.


Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

12:30pm

Lunch on Your Own
Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many nearby cafes! Suggestions and walking directions are provided in your conference packet.

Friday February 27, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Downtown Santa Fe

1:30pm

Constructing Beams and Modeling with Algebra
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We'll show you how you can use construction beams to help students develop algebraic thinking. This student-centered, hands-on activity allows students to engage, make meaning of, and communicate about mathematics, while learning about analyzing and representing patterns in data with recursive and explicit equations as means to problem solve.

This presentation showcases analyzing collected data, and modeling patterns in data with recursive and explicit equations in order to problem solve with-in a context. This student-centered activity allows students to engage, make meaning of, and communicate about mathematics; students develop algebraic thinking. The teaching strategies modeled and resources provided can be implemented immediately in the classroom with students of various grades and skill levels.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Glen Richgels

Dr. Glen Richgels

Professor, Bemidji State University
Public school teacher in Illinois and Wisconsin for 20 years. | Professor of mathematics and computer science for 22 years. Primary responsibility is working with teachers pre-service and in-service.


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Earth Day Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

See the Eight Standards of Mathematical Practice come to life, through a first-hand experience in which you'll be introduced to the work of a small business whose focus is on recycling flat bicycle inner tubes from an Arizona bike shop.

Utilizing a hands-on approach, you'll engage in the activities from the perspective of a middle-school student, seeing true applications of the concept of volume and calculating unit conversions. Scaffolding of activities will be apparent throughout the lesson as successive problems are introduced that build on the concepts previously introduced and discussed during the session. All participants will receive resources to take back to your classroom to replicate this lesson.

Presenters
avatar for Lynda Boepple

Lynda Boepple

Project Coordinator, Arizona Mathematics Partnership
Lynda is the Project Coordinator for the Arizona Mathematics Partnership, a grant program (funded by the National Science Foundation) that is dedicated to promoting excellence in Arizona middle school mathematics and increasing student achievement through systemic instructional change. She is also an adjunct math professor at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Previously, Lynda spent 23 years in the middle school environment as a 7th and 8th... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Engaging the Math Practices: Preparing Students for the PARCC
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This session will focus on the Math Practices: constructing viable arguments, critiquing the reasoning of others and modeling with mathematics.

At this session, we will focus on exploring Math Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others and Math Practice 4: Model with mathematics. We will create and explore activities for immediate classroom implementation, that will align to the PARCC Performance Based Assessment items and help prepare students for assessments.

Presenters
avatar for Claudia Ahlstrom

Claudia Ahlstrom

State Math Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
Claudia is the State Math Specialist in the Math and Science Bureau of the Public Education Department and has held this position for 13 years. Claudia has been active in education for over 30 years as a teacher, as a parent and as a community member. After earning her BA in math from University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in finance from University of Oregon, she taught math at the university, community college, high school and middle... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

The Marvelous Metric System
Limited Capacity seats available

The United States has struggled with metric system adoption for more than 200 years, and is currently one of only three countries that does not routinely use the metric system. In this session you'll learn some of our forgotten metric history, its implications for math and science education and receive ideas and resources you can take back to the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Anderman

Linda Anderman

President, Mile Behind Productions
Linda Anderman has been a writer for more than 30 years including 21 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she’s written on multiple science topics. For the past two years she’s been in pre-production on a documentary on the history of the metric system in the United States called "More Than a Mile Behind: America and the Metric System." Aspects she researched so far have included the metric system in Common Core Standards... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Math Culture Survey: Assessing What is Really Happening in your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The session starts now!  Prior to the conference, you will complete an online survey (links below), and have your students do the same, exploring and examining math culture and teaching environments.

Then, once at the conference, you and your colleagues will have the opportunity to take the confidential, collective data and apply mathmatical standards for collaborative analysis. We'll also explore how you can bring this technique back to share with your administrators and your students.

If you are attending this session, please complete surveys by Wednesday morning (2/25)! We need your participation to make this session a success!

The teacher survey takes approximatly 20 minutes to complete; the student survey can typically be completed in less then 10 minutes. Surveys can be accessed via the links below on any web browser (but your school must allow you to access and send information through Google forms.)

BYOD: Please bring a laptop with you to this session!


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Executive Vice President - CCSS Math Content, MidSchooolMath
Megan Le Bleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. She is highly skilled at integrating technology in the classroom and is well versed in the Common Core math standards. Megan believes in learning math through story, and... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Math Success: How Story Projects are Inspiring an Entire School
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Carlos Rey located in the heart of Albuquerque's South Valley, is proud to be proving that STEM can be a comprehensive, aligned project-based learning experience that reaches down to the First Grade level.

Using lessons learned and ideas sparked at the 2014 MidSchoolMath Conference, the team created a mission and vision to grow Carlos Rey by applying the quote, "the biggest problem in education is the giving of answers to questions that have not yet been asked," the school has become grounded in the "curiosity or hook" concept, and has been using this approach with proven success.

During this session, the Carlos Rey team will share how they have implemented story projects across their span of grades. They'll describe the collaborative vertical team that supports the foundation for their success in STEM Trajectory, and explore how they have embraced the feeder school structure of elementary to middle and middle to high school as partners, within APS, and beyond.

Presenters
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Nicole Armijo

5th Grade Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Elena Dolz

Fourth grade teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Sherron Lesch

3rd Grade Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Elisha Martinez

Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Joe Martinez

4th Grade Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Allison Nimmich

5th Grade Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Damon Oates

Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Alfredo Ramos

Teacher/5th Grade Bilingual Teacher, Carlos Rey Elementary
Instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, CCSS mathematical topics, STEM, how can I teach STEM to my students and also integrating everyday topics. How can I get my students motivated to learn STEM materials?
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Alma Ripley

Assistant Principal, Carlos Rey Elementary School
Alma Ripley, Founder of the STEM Trajectory Initiative, presently serves as Assistant Principal at Carlos Rey Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her professional career spans over 30 years in the educational arena. Throughout her career, she has built a reputation of having the vision to align lessons to cross multiple subjects and grade levels (K-12). The length and breadth of her career has placed her into an ideal role where she... Read More →
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Marqui Thomas

Instructional Coach, Carlos Rey Elementary School
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Judith Touloumis

Principal, Carlos Rey Elementary School


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Mastery Learning in the Math Classroom: A Differentiated Instructional Approach
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

Mastery Learning illustrates a means to accomplish a Holy Grail of math instruction: differentiating the lesson for as many students as need it. Mastery Learning explicitly recognizes students' need to have parts of a math unit retaught in a different way and then assessed after a reteaching opportunity. It also recognizes that mathematics has a "building block" structure with key concepts needing to be integrated at different stages. 

Mastery Learning centers on the idea that you must teach, assess, reteach, and then reassess. The most critical step is not in the initial assessment, but in the reteaching that follows the assessment, allowing the teacher the opportunity to go more deeply into why a student is struggling. Mastery Learning teachers plan their instruction based on past performance, current needs, and future requirements.

Join team members from Truesdell Middle School in Wichita, Kansas to learn how they are using Mastery Learning to turn a school once labeled the "worst-performing Middle School in the state." Experience a simulation of a Mastery Learning classroom, from lesson to assessment to reteaching opportunity to reassessment, and learn how to implement Mastery Learning in your school.

 BYOD: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone to this session.

Looking for additional sessions exploring Differentiated Instruction techniques? Click on the "Differentiated Instruction" tag, found below the Presenter profiles!

Presenters
avatar for Terrell Davis

Terrell Davis

Principal, Truesdell Middle School - Wichita Public Schools
I am currently the principal at Truesdell Middle School. I was asked to take over the leadership of the building after the school received the dubious accolade of being the worst-performing Middle School in the state of Kansas. I have supported my Mathematics department in the adoption, training, and use of the Mastery Learning strategy in their classroom. This is the third school in which I have implemented Mastery Learning. Math teachers have... Read More →
avatar for Mark Erickson

Mark Erickson

Dean of Data and Innovation, Truesdell Middle School
Mark Erickson is the Dean of Data & Innovation at Truesdell Middle School. He has worked with the Mastery Learning strategy at three different middle schools and has had success at all three.


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Math Snacks: What does research say about game-based learning for learning mathematics?
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

You migt be interested in attending Math at the Core: PBS Learning Media or Math Munch instead, as both of these sessions explore an extensive math resource website. 

In recent years, teachers have shown an interest in using games in the classroom as an approach to motivating lower-performing students. In fact, after surveying 500 teachers about the use of games in the classroom, 70% of teachers agree that using digital games increases motivation and engagement with content and curriculum (Ganz, 2012). Math Snacks (www.mathsnacks.org) is an intervention that uses games-based learning as an approach to learning conceptual mathematics. A group of mathematicians, mathematics educators, researchers, and game developers at New Mexico State University (NMSU) worked together to develop and test 11 animations and games that address conceptual gaps in the areas of fractions, decimals, ratio/proportion, and number system concepts.

This session will consist of an interactive workshop in which teachers will engage in: learning about the research findings from the Math Snacks Intervention; “doing” mathematics through the enactment of a Math Snacks math lesson; and exploring the free, online math snacks website.

Presenters
avatar for Sara Morales

Sara Morales

Researcher, New Mexico State University
Sara Morales is a native of Puerto Rico, has taught for the Hawaii Department of Education, the Department of Education in Florida, and the New Mexico Public Education Department. She is a former middle school math teacher with commitment to enhancing learning for all students. As an ELL student herself, she is passionate about advocating for under-represented populations. During the last five years she has been a part of the research team for... Read More →
avatar for Karen Trujillo

Karen Trujillo

Research Faculty, Co-PI, New Mexico State University
Dr. Karen Trujillo is the Director of K-12 Outreach for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at New Mexico State University. She is a Co-PI for the new NSF funded Math Snacks Algebra grant. She has been a teacher, a principal, a professional development specialist, and a grant coordinator in NM for the past 20 years. Karen is also the state director of Educators Rising NM, a GROW YOUR OWN TEACHERS, student organization. Despite this role... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:30pm

Voice and Choice: Engaging Students Using a Flipped Classroom Model
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This session will describe how I turned the responsibility of learning over to my sixth grade students by using a flipped classroom model in a one-to-one laptop environment.

Each unit of study involved teacher led activities, video instruction from a variety of websites, mathematics discourse and shared note taking, hands-on concept building, differentiated practice, real world based problems, and projects. By giving students autonomy with choices in their assignments, students' engagement and confidence improved and classroom management was a breeze.

Come hear what students thought about this type of classroom, as we explore the importance of studet engagement and a variety of strategies to help you create it.

Presenters
avatar for Linda Gutierrez

Linda Gutierrez

Educational Consultant, Outburst Academic Consulting
I am a veteran math teacher with experience at every grade level in the k-12 spectrum. My master's is in Mathematics Education. I've recently left the classroom and am now doing consulting.


Friday February 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Break
Refresh with light snacks in the lobby, catch up with your colleagues or take a moment of reflection for yourself!

Friday February 27, 2015 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Making Change Happen in a Complex System
Limited Capacity seats available

In this discussion-focused session, we will look at the educational system from a systems dynamic point of view. We'll explore the potential levers for change that exist for each of us, particularly teachers, as a part of the system, with the focus of improving the educational achievement of our students. Challenges abound! What are the opportunities?

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Barton

Marcia Barton

STEM Teacher Professional Development Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
Marcia is the STEM Teacher Professional Development Specialist with the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department. She is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, having spent 11 months at the National Science Foundation in the Education and Diversity Program. She taught secondary science for over 13 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds a Master in Science Teaching. A recipient of the 2010... Read More →
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Yanira Vazquez

State Math Specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
Yanira is a Math Specialist with the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department. Her experience in the field of education includes teaching at the elementary and college levels, working as a math coach, and an elementary school principal. Yanira has extensive experience providing mathematics professional development to educators. She holds a Master in Teaching Math and Science from New Mexico State University and is... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Math At The Core: PBS Learning Media
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PBS Learning Media offers a free interactive digital learning library of more than 80,000 resources for teachers of all grades and subjects. A collection in PBS Learning Media called Math at the Core provides a range of media including videos, infographics and interactives. All resources are aligned with Common Core State Standards for grades 5-8 and provide classroom-ready teaching activities.

Presenters
avatar for Laurel Wyckoff

Laurel Wyckoff

Education and Outreach Manager, New Mexico PBS / KNME
Laurel Wyckoff oversees community engagement activities for New Mexico PBS including American Graduate, Ready to Learn early childhood education, and PBS Learning Media. She regularly presents teacher professional development workshops across the state. Laurel is co-producer of Public Square a monthly civic dialogue program. Laurel spent 2 decades performing new and experimental music with an ensemble based in Philadelphia. She directed a... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Math Munch: Ambassador From the Mathematical Internet to Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Join one of the lead authors behind the Math Munch blog (www.mathmunch.org) to how the blog works, what content exists on it, and how people can use it in their classrooms. Math Munch posts cover a broad range of mathematical topics, many of which relate to Common Core State Standards. Math Munch is designed to highlight mathematicians who engage in the practices that we, as teachers, wish to teach our students in ways that students can relate to.

Anna will share some of the vision for the site and motivations behind why we write it and walk people through some of its features. We'll also explore the site, find things you like and then share and discuss them. As a group, you'll also spend time brainstorming ways to integrate Math Munch into middle school classrooms and sharing new ideas for how it can be utilized and grow as a valued resource.

BYOD: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or iPad with them to this session.

Presenters
avatar for Anna Weltman

Anna Weltman

Math education PhD. student, UC Berkeley
The only thing Anna enjoys more than making math is making people excited about it-- and lucky for her, she gets to do both of these things all of the time! Anna is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in math education from University of California, Berkeley. Previously, she taught math to third through twelfth grade students at Saint Ann's School, in Brooklyn, NY. She is a contributing author of Math Munch, a math blog for grades 4-12 (and anyone else... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Tri-Mathalon: Activities, Challenges and Games!
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 
Space is still available in
Mathematical Icebreakers, another session featuring classroom games, on Saturday at 11:15 am.


Looking for ways to exercise students' minds, stretch their imaginations and help them grasp goals? Join us as we revisit some classics and also introduce you to new ideas worth exploring. You'll leave with exciting activities, challenging problems and fabulous games for immediate classroom use to help your students become mathematically fit for the future.

All of the material presented encourages numerical fluency, problem solving skills, and emphasizes the connections between mathematics and students' lives. We'll also explore ways to modify material for the varying needs of the students in their particular classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Martha Hildebrandt

Martha Hildebrandt

Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Martha Hildebrandt has a broad background as a mathematics educator. She has been a math consultant for grades K-6, a curriculum writer and department chair for grades 7-8, a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12, a college instructor, and an in-service teacher workshop facilitator. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA where she is a member of both the Education and Mathematics Departments, preparing and... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Student Research Projects: Meet the Students Learning CCSS through Authentic Action
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Authentic action research projects provide an opportunity for students to critically think about current issues and potential solutions.  This session not only shows you how to effectively design a research project for your students but allows you to experience a project conducted by middle school students from Roots & Wings Community School .  Stephanie and her students will share how they (1) created research questions, (2) crafted appropriate study design, (3) used mathematical and scientific strategies to assess and evaluate the data they collected, and (4) presented their findings with mathematical proof (aligned to CCSS). 


Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Owens

Stephanie Owens

Educational Consultant, Imagine Education, Inc.
Stephanie Owens, Ph. D., has been working in the field of education for 20 years, at the university level and in K-12 public schools. Her training as an Educational Psychologist focused on the education of pre-service teachers who were pursuing education degrees with a teaching license. This work continued during Dr. Owens’ tenure as an educational consultant for Expeditionary Learning, a nationally recognized reform organization in K-12 public... Read More →



Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Taking Everest to PARCC
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year you saw Megan's immersion into the Everest Expedition. This year Megan expanded her project to use it as a thematic base for preparing students for PARCC. Experience how you can create questions that you may find on PARCC and transform them to act as "bridge curriculum" for your students to take the leap from a project to a state test!

Facilitators
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Executive Vice President - CCSS Math Content, MidSchooolMath
Megan Le Bleu is a National Board Certified teacher who taught math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students. She is highly skilled at integrating technology in the classroom and is well versed in the Common Core math standards. Megan believes in learning math through story, and... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Building A Risk Taking Classroom
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

We all have varied levels and modes by which we receive information, but per brain-based research, our brains respond to thought stimulation via inquiry.

This session offers you an opportunity to see, hear, and feel what it is to be a student in a classroom that uses an inquiry based structure that is designed around the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice. By the end of this session, you will have developed an understanding of the role of the teacher as facilitator and how this pivotal role shift helps build a classroom of confident, mistake embracing risk-takers. You'll also have the opportunity to analyze a lesson plan and debrief about strategies modeled during the session, so that you can chase this structure and these strategies back into your classroom.


Presenters
avatar for Jaqueline Johnson

Jaqueline Johnson

Math Instructional Specialist, Friendship Public Charter School
Jacqueline’s work has been driven by a fusion of her passion for empowering young people and her love for the sciences and maths. She has recently left the classroom to serve as a Math Instructional Coach. Jacqueline began teaching seven years ago in France and upon her return to the states she spent two years teaching in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Her new husband moved her to Baltimore where she has spent four amazing... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Empowering Students Through Formative Assessment
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This session will provide educators an example of how formative assessment in a classroom can empower students to take charge of their own learning goals. Using a template for student progress tracking, students and teachers can quickly identify specific areas of mathematical need. This sets the stage for specific math intervention in order to efficiently help students meet their goals. Students become an integral part of their own intervention and growth program.

Presenters
avatar for Veronica McVey

Veronica McVey

6th Grade Math Teacher, French Ford Middle School
I have been teaching for 12 years, with 9 of them in the area of middle school and junior high mathematics. During that time I have worked with many remedial groups, as well as with exceptional students. I have been involved in a state research project involving student achievement,and the effects of technology in the classroom. I recently spent 2 years participating in the Northern Nevada STEM project with educators from across northern... Read More →


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

Using Technology in Learning Mathematics through Computer Game Development
Limited Capacity full

Today, students’ interest with technology and its use is an all-time high. One of the most accessible technologies is computer games. Typically, the students are simply consumers of these computer games; they do not have opportunities to critically analyze the content of the games and how these games are designed. Why not help students learn important mathematics through game design?

The focus of this presentation is to help you, the middle school teacher, create exciting mathematics lessons that will engage students in research and exploration as they are designing and developing computer games. Designing and creating computer games allows students to understand and learn most challenging math concepts and skills such as rational numbers, functions, and problem solving. Research has shown that when students are challenged to design their own computer mathematics games, they learn significantly more and deeper content thus enhancing students’ academic achievement. By actively engaging the students in ‘hands-on’ activities where in technology is a means to learn the mathematics, learning becomes an authentic and personal activity. Taking advantage of students’ motivation to play educational games and to develop their own games, we can encourage and motivate them to learn challenging mathematics such as rational numbers and proportionality.

During the session, we will provide authentic examples of mathematics games designed by eight-grade students of diverse backgrounds, including ELLs. You'll then pull out your laptop, and with our help, design your own computer games. You will leave this session with basic skills in planning, developing educational games and to conduct necessary research to complete their computer game development and identify the mathematics objectives based on the Common Core.

BOYD: Please bring a laptop with you to this session! You do not need to have any programming experience or expertise to take part in this session.
However, you do need to install the free Game Maker software on your device prior to the session. We recommend doing this before coming to MidSchoolMath as your school IT staff may need to assist. See detailed directions here.


Presenters
avatar for Andrey Koptelov

Andrey Koptelov

Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University
I have been teaching in public school (Middle Level) for several years before I became a university professor last year. I have been teaching instructional technology courses for middle school students. Currently I am teaching instructional technology for middle school teachers and doctoral students as well. I have several presentations on using technology in the classrooms.
avatar for Sylvia R. Taube

Sylvia R. Taube

Math Education Professor, Sam Houston State University
Dr. Taube has been teaching mathematics in grades 6-12 before she received her doctorate degree in mathematics education. She has been involved in professional development for mathematics teachers (Gr. 6-12) through external grants that she has been awarded. She is currently involved in the preparation of teachers as methods instructor and field supervisor. She has presented at NCTM and state mathematics conferences.


Friday February 27, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

4:40pm

First Look: The 2015 MSM Digital Toolset (optional)
Limited Capacity seats available

Take a first look at the 2015 MSM Digital Toolset being released on February 28, 2015. From an adaptable test training engine to award-winning, comprehensive CCSS games to a core LMS with an individualized assignment structure, spend 15 minutes to see what’s possible in math class. You don’t need this software to transform your classroom, but it does offer unprecedented teacher support.

Staff
avatar for Kate Martin

Kate Martin

Production Manger, MidSchoolMath
Kate brings a refreshing youthfulness along with an array of film school credentials to the team. Her charm is infectious as one of the stars of Ko’s Journey’s unprecedented bridge curriculum videos that transfer game learning to standardized tests and one of the main voices of Empires. Behind the scene, Kate is in charge of all recent film production from start to finish. Her current project is working with New Mexico teachers to... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 4:40pm - 4:55pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Saturday, February 28
 

8:00am

First Look: The 2015 MSM Digital Toolset (optional)
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Take a first look at the 2015 MSM Digital Toolset being released on February 28, 2015. From an adaptable test training engine to award-winning, comprehensive CCSS games to a core LMS with an individualized assignment structure, spend 15 minutes to see what’s possible in math class. You don’t need this software to transform your classroom, but it does offer unprecedented teacher support.

Staff
avatar for Kate Martin

Kate Martin

Production Manger, MidSchoolMath
Kate brings a refreshing youthfulness along with an array of film school credentials to the team. Her charm is infectious as one of the stars of Ko’s Journey’s unprecedented bridge curriculum videos that transfer game learning to standardized tests and one of the main voices of Empires. Behind the scene, Kate is in charge of all recent film production from start to finish. Her current project is working with New Mexico teachers to... Read More →

Saturday February 28, 2015 8:00am - 8:15am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

8:30am

Arrival and Check-in
Check-in with the MidSchoolMath Team (scholarship attendees only) then meet and mingle with fellow attendees! Complimentary coffee and hot tea will be provided.

Saturday February 28, 2015 8:30am - 9:30am
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:30am

Keynote: Story Projects "Live from the Classroom"
Meet three New Mexico teachers that have experienced profound results after implementing story projects in their classroom. Heather Herd shares her story of personal transformation after creating Survival Math and how it forever changed the way she approaches teaching. Chris Hamilton takes the creativity of hand-made artwork and digital media to a new level using Ko's Journey with his at-risk students. Ashley Kendall developed Iditarod: The 1925 Serum Run to immerse her students in an imaginative and unforgettable way. No doubt you will be inspired!

Moderators
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →
avatar for Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham's life's work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders. She currently is serving as Head of School/Principal for Southwest Baltimore Charter School, in the Baltimore, MD. “I’m having some of the best... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Math / Science Teacher, CrossRoads Alternative Program
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University in 2001. Since graduation, I have inspected houses as an ASHI Certified Home Inspector, obtained my New Mexico GB-02 General Contractor License, and built 8 homes in Las Cruces, NM. I entered the teaching profession 7 years ago via the New Mexico Alternative Licensure Program. I am currently teaching Mathematics and Science at the Crossroads... Read More →
avatar for Heather Herd

Heather Herd

Teacher, Pinon Elementary
After an enriching decade of teaching 4th and 5th graders in New Jersey, I packed my bags 13 years ago and headed west to start a fresh and beautiful life in the open vistas of New Mexico.  My life here has had all the components of the adventure I longed for at that time.  Since then, I have taught all the grades between Kindergarten and 8th grade in public, charter, and private schools. School settings have ranged from a small... Read More →
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Ashley Kendall

6th Grade Teacher, Carlos Gilbert Elementary
After receiving my Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of Oregon, I have been happily teaching for the last six years. I have worked at two amazing schools, one in the South Valley of Albuquerque and one here in Santa Fe. My favorite part of being an educator is figuring out what makes my students engaged and enthusiastic about their learning. I feel fortunate to work in a field where I am able to be creative, collaborate with... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 9:30am - 10:45am
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:00am

Cohort Circle
In these facilitated groups of 20 to 25 attendees, you can share ideas and observations or ask for input from others about your questions and challenges. You'll be assigned to your cohort on the morning you arrive at the conference, and meet with the same group of colleagues each day.

Saturday February 28, 2015 11:00am - 11:45am
As Assigned Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Crossing the River and Cutting the Rope
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Do your students engage in their own learning and persevere in problem solving? Experience two classic algebraic thinking problems, presented in a way that motivates and engages students and allows you to use problem solving more effectivly in your classroom.

We'll explore two problems in the world of algebraic thinking, one of which (Crossing the River) is probably more well known than the other (Cutting the Rope). They both lend themselves very well to active involvement in a student-centered environment. The River can be done by using manipulatives, physically acting it out, or using drawings. The Rope is typically done with drawings only, but some try go about it hands-on. Both problems can be connected to middle school content standards and multiple Standards for Mathematical practice.

As we work through these problems in the session, we'll focus on how teachers can use these activities, and others, to get students thinking about a problem, asking questions about it, taking ownership of it, persevering through it, and doing all of those things that educators want to see in mathematically proficient students.

Presenters
avatar for Mark Goldstein

Mark Goldstein

Vice President, The Center for Mathematics and Teaching
Mr. Goldstein was a middle school mathematics teacher in Santa Monica, California for 12 years, and worked at UCLA for 9 years.  During that time he was a LUCIMATH Project coordinator in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, taught preservice and inservice courses for the UCLA Math Content, wrote curricular materials for the UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers, and supported teachers in the classroom through coaching... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Fun with Statistics
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience two engaging statistics lessons aligned to the CCSS for 6th and 7th grade!

Explore your "Name Scores," as you calculate the value of your ‘scrabble” name score and then line up in order of the value. In the lineup, statistical concepts related to center and spread will be discussed and illustrated. Two hands-on activities that give meaning to the “mean” and "quartiles" will also be demonstrated.

Then, dive into the "Fish Population" activity, performing a simulation that estimates the number of fish in the a lake. Concepts of sampling and proportional reasoning are central to this problem.

Connections to Webb’s Depth of Knowledge, the Common Core Standards, the Mathematical Practices and strategies to engage all learners (especially ELLs and special learners) will be made explicit. You'll acquire a clearer understanding of what good statistic lessons look and feel like in middle school in the Common Core - and with classroom-tested, ready-to-use lessons that will engage students.

Presenters
avatar for Shelley Kriegler

Shelley Kriegler

President, Center for Mathematics and Teaching
Dr. Shelley Kriegler was a middle and high school math teacher for 20 years. She then joined the UCLA Mathematics Department as the Director of the Math Content Programs for Teachers where she created and taught courses for teachers who wanted to earn authorizations to teach middle school mathematics. She retired from UCLA in 2010. Shelley is currently President of the Center for Mathematics and Teaching, a small nonprofit education group... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Mathematical Icebreakers
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Back by popular demand!

Be prepared to get students working together on the very first day of class. Discover and experience a wide range of mathematical ice breakers that introduce elements of proportional reasoning and geometric thinking. The ice breakers are an ideal way to establishing cooperative norms in middle-grades classrooms, while promoting deeper and more critical mathematical understandings.

Note: Mathematical Icebreakers is an encore of one of the most popular sessions at the 2014 Conference. If you attended this session at last year's conference, we ask that you please do not attend again, to ensure ample space is available for new attendees. For an entirely new session with this presenter, you may wish to attend: Problems Picante: Seeing Stars! on Friday at 11:15 am  


Presenters
avatar for Thomas Evitts

Thomas Evitts

Professor, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a mathematics teacher educator at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches mathematics and pedagogy to future teachers. He is a frequent presenter at NCTM annual and regional meetings and a returning presenter to the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling, and eating ice cream!


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Sweeney C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Using Interactive Whiteboards & Apps to Access and Enhance the Common Core
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

We will share our strategies using technology to access and organize the common core curriculum using minimal resources (minimum of 1 IPAD, 1 Apple TV). The main app that we will share is called "Notability", which enables us to take common core math curriculum and organize it into a cornell note format with the following (focus questions, vocabulary, content, and SMP summaries). Teachers will have the ability to create notes, annotate PDF's, create recordings, and capture ideas to create a presentation that can be shared with colleagues or stored in a school management system.

Notability is also used as an interactive whiteboard with many options to accommodate all types of learners. Notability stands out above all other interactive whiteboard apps due to its ability to store documents into files. It also allow the user to share the notes with other Notability users or you have the option to share it as a PDF.

We will also share different functions of the app and strategies that we use to connect the Standards of Mathematical Practice to the content. We will show formal assessment strategies (pictures of student work, video clips, and exit ticket strategies) that can be organized through the Notability app.

This is our 3rd year using this app and it has been a huge resource to meet the expectations of our STEM program!

Presenters
avatar for Kelsey Loveall

Kelsey Loveall

6th Grade Math Teacher, Lincoln Middle School
I am a sixth grade teacher at a middle school in Oceanside, California. My emphasis this year has been on technology. I use technology everyday in the classroom through an app on an iPad. Through this app my team and I present our lessons, discuss student work, and easily transfer all of the work we do in the class to our department website online . My specific job is to keep the website current with digital files of notes and worksheets... Read More →
avatar for Erik Mateljan

Erik Mateljan

6th Grade Teacher/District Math Team Leader, Lincoln Middle School
My name is Erik Mateljan and I am in my 14th year of teaching middle school math in Oceanside Unified School District. I am currently the Math Department Chair at Lincoln MS and District Math Team Leader for OUSD.


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Math Achievement at a School Starts with One Person
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A special session specifically for Principals, Heads of School, School Directors and Assistant Principals; Math Coaches and Department Heads are also welcome!

Math achievement at a school starts with one person. You know the effect size of a teacher...consider the impact of a principal.  Often our ideals for building school culture and attaining true math proficiency become secondary to arduous testing requirements and program implementations.  How do we effectively change the mindsets and structures of our schools while faced with these never ending day-to-day challenges?  This session is devoted to you, the principal.  The one who is truly in the position to make the biggest difference, to offer leading strategies for organizational alignment and developing your school’s “inside voice” to effectively respond to external influences while achieving internal results.


Presenters
avatar for Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham, Featured Presenter

Gladys Graham's life's work has been in supporting the development and sustainability of positive school culture, high student academic performance and effective leadership. She excels at designing and facilitating professional development for teachers, students and school leaders. She currently is serving as Head of School/Principal for Southwest Baltimore Charter School, in the Baltimore, MD. “I’m having some of the best... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson

Managing Director, KDSL
KDSL is a global educational consulting company launched by Kevin Simpson in 2007 in the USA and in 2013 in Dubai. We partner with organizations worldwide to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership. Simpson has served 400+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority of his work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. He has served as a math coach for 30 schools... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Zombie Math
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This session presents an online interactive choose-your-own-adventure-style math story project designed for Pre-Algebra/Algebra I students. You'll experience this story project, learn about the design behind it, how it covers the CCSS, and be inspired and prepared to build your own math story project!

BYOD (Optional): You are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet with you to this session, as you may find it useful; however, it is not required. 

Presenters
avatar for Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Teacher, Santa Fe High School
Originally from Virginia, I have been teaching Math, Science, and Computer Programming in New Mexico and New York for the past 7 years. In my free time, I launch model rockets, brew beer, and write math stories about zombies.


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Judo Math: Peer-to-Peer Paced Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In martial arts, students get to learn at their own pace and from each other. So why don't we teach math that way? With Judo Math you can!

Students work through a series of belts to achieve mastery in math at their own pace. By explaining and collaborating, students gain a deeper understanding as they work with each other to become a black belt. In this session you'll learn how to create this positive culture in your classroom. Participants will earn their own belts through activities to experience how the students feel. We'll start with a pencil trick, then a rope trick, followed by a dojo chat.

Experience this relationship-based learning model for yourself and receive step-by-step instructions for implementation in your classroom, with a Judo Math teacher's guide.

Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Scaffolding Rigorous Tasks for All Learners
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Sorry, but this session is FULL and we are unable to increase capacity further. Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list. 

This session will address the use of problem solving as formative assessment through rigorous mathematical tasks. Students need to be able to jump into problem solving and persevere in their endeavors.

This takes planning on the teacher's part. We need to help students persevere, organize, observe, conclude, use tools, justify their thinking & critique the thinking of others -- and insure that ALL students can access rigorous math tasks. We will look at new, as well as tried & true strategies that are necessary to scaffold accessibility.

You will experience mathematical tasks and strategies that help facilitate a path to success for all learners and look at how The Standards of Mathematical Practice will have a profound impact on classroom practices.


Presenters
avatar for Maria Tere Hirsch

Maria Tere Hirsch

Secretary, Greater LOs Angeles Mathematics Council
I taught mathematics at the middle school level for 35 years. I'm currently retired but still involved as a math consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and as instructor for the UCLA Mathematics project.For the past 7 years I've worked in professional development in math, focusing on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. I am the lead teacher for the Los Angeles County Office of Education CCSS... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

Test More, Study Less: The Test Effect
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By shifting our focus from how we teach to how students learn, we can explore how to integrate simple principles, capable of fostering significant gains in student achievement, into everyday teaching. We’ll explore a variety of questions related to how tests, feedback and problem solving help students learn, such as: Are quizzes more effective than additional study time? What is the appropriate type of feedback? Is it better to practice problems of one type or several types? How can I get my students to think more carefully about mathematical problem solving? We’ll discuss how more often then not, answers to these questions are not intuitive and practice often runs contrary to the findings of research.

Presenters
avatar for John Cooney

John Cooney

Founder, Jblanden & Associates
Dr. John B. Cooney is Professor Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, Department of Educational Psychology where he was a member of the faculty from 1980 - 2005.  He was also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods.  Additionally, Dr. Cooney served as an Associate Vice President at the University of Colorado in the Office of the President from 2005 - 2012. John specializes in learning... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Sweeney D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:45am

The Heavy Lifting: The CCSS
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Common Core calls for a deeper understanding of mathematics. At this session, we'll explore this shift to better understand the Common Core - and what is required of teachers and students. We'll also practice creating lessons that address this shift, while learning the characteristics of an inquiry-based lesson.

Through what you've learned at this session, you will be better able to articulate strategies and structures that deepen student understanding before, during and after problem solving. You will also be able to explain how incorporating clear structures for problem solving can deepen student thinking and learn ways to provide daily practice in the CCSS Math Practice Standards.



Presenters
avatar for Rachel Crouch

Rachel Crouch

Assistant Principal, Center City Public Charter Schools, Brightwood Campus
Rachel Crouch is a passionate change agent and systems thinker with a proven track record of rapidly transforming classrooms and increasing student achievement. Rachel has over 10 years of Mathematics education experience working in inner city schools, both in the classroom and administratively. While in the classroom, her students consistently reached mastery of the Mathematics College Readiness Standards/Common Core State Standards, and... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Crouch

Rebecca Crouch

Principal, DC Scholars Public Charter School
Rebecca Crouch, DC Scholars Public Charter School’s Founding Principal, has a demonstrated track record of success working with urban students and families. With over 6 years of teaching experience, Rebecca Crouch is eager to make an impact in the DC area. Previous to DC Scholars Public Charter School, Rebecca was the Resident Principal at DC Preparatory Charter School where she empowered teachers to design a learning experience that... Read More →


Saturday February 28, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:00pm

Box Lunch: Sponsored by EMPIRES and MidSchoolMath
Enjoy a boxed lunch, courtesy of MidSchoolMath, while Santa Fe's De Vargas Middle School share their implementation experience and preliminary research of EMPIRES. Followed by a brief presentation by Scott Laidlaw about the development of EMPIRES and the new MSM 2015 Digital Toolset that emerged from working with teachers and students in the classroom.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Ballroom (Sweeney F/E) Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Math Games for the CCSS Math Practices
Limited Capacity full

Note: This session is FULL and we are unable to increase the capacity further.
Please select another session to attend during this period, rather then joining the wait list.

Space is still available in Mathematical Icebreakers, another session featuring classroom math games, being offered on Saturday at 11:15


Connecting the new Common Core’s 8 Math Practices with learning through playing games is the object and design of this class. These teacher-created games are designed to be used in a large classroom setting and to provide a fun way for students to review and reinforce math concepts previously taught. Each game focuses on one or more of the 8 Math Practices and will help students learn, review, and sustain mathematical concepts while having fun.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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 C Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Use Your Computer Lab: Transform Math Class with Technology You Already Have
Limited Capacity filling up

Technology is a great tool to help transform the math classroom. This session will demonstrate how to create fillable forms in Word, use graphs, tables and formulas in Excel, create surveys and gather data on Google Docs, and more to increase student engagement in the middle school math classroom.

Attendees will leave with ideas that will inspire them to take classes to the computer lab and see the benefit of using the many tools that are available to them through technology, using tools already available at most schools. My students look forward to the days that we spend in the computer lab -- yours will too!

BOYD: Please bring a laptop with you to this session!

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Creating a Mini-Story Project
Limited Capacity seats available

If you love the idea of bringing a story project to your classroom but don't feel that you have the time to craft an epic adventure, how about a mini one?

A Mini-Story Project may be one math problem that covers one class period or a week of mini lessons with a thematic hook. Your curriculum includes an immersive story that brings a Common Core State Standard to life where the math makes sense in context. The way the math is presented will engage your learners to understand the concept beyond the procedure.

Important: If you are attending this session, between now and Wednesday morning, please take this short 1-minute survey and invite FOUR friends to take it as well! They can be adults or children; the great variety of ages, the better!

http://bit.ly/FluSurvey


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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 B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Iditarod: The 1925 Serum Run
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents an interactive math story project, designed for 6th grade students. You'll experience this innovative story problem, see how math problems and practice standards can be incorporated throughout a rich, immersive story, and be inspired to use math story projects in your classroom. 

In 1925 the people of Nome, Alaska were suffering, and dying, from a terrible outbreak of Diphtheria. The only antiserum available was over 540 miles away in Anchorage, Alaska. Because there was a terrible blizzard at this time the only means of getting the serum to Nome was by dog sled. In this interactive activity, students play the role of the musher (dogsled driver). After being “debriefed” on the situation through a narrated slide show with video, students are given a map of Alaska and must calculate the best route to take in order to get the serum to its destination in time. Along the way, students encounter different obstacles that require them to use higher order thinking skills,  critique mathematical reasoning, and most importantly, apply their own math skills to solve the problem. 



Presenters
avatar for Ashley Kendall

Ashley Kendall

6th Grade Teacher, Carlos Gilbert Elementary
After receiving my Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of Oregon, I have been happily teaching for the last six years. I have worked at two amazing schools, one in the South Valley of Albuquerque and one here in Santa Fe. My favorite part of being an educator is figuring out what makes my students engaged and enthusiastic about their learning. I feel fortunate to work in a field where I am able to be creative, collaborate with... Read More →


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

2:00pm

Race Around the World
Limited Capacity full

This cross-curricular, teacher-created math story project sends Pre-algebra and Algebra I students across 7 continents on a virtual race that’s so exciting they give up their free time to focus on math! The ‘competition’ requires them to document locations visited, mode(s) of travel, distance traveled in miles and kilometers; budgeting; currency used, accrual and conversions; and more. The Race not only provides extensive practice for problem solving using expressions and equations, but offers innovative opportunities to analyze and understand dependent and independent variables.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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
Coronado Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Developing Mathematical Thinking
Limited Capacity filling up

How does mathematical thinking become deeply embedded into teacher practice? Anser Community Charter School, a mentor school within the Expeditionary Learning network, exemplifies how a culture of excellent mathematical teaching comes to fruition. This class will showcase and describe the path Anser has taken to become a national leader in teaching math.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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 D Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:00pm

Making Meaningful Connections: Student Artifacts and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

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.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Zanet Ramos-Benavidez

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 →

Sponsors
avatar for EMPIRES

EMPIRES

MidSchoolMath
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

3:15pm

Closing & PM Snack
Conference closing with a snack!

Saturday February 28, 2015 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Lobby Santa Fe Community Convention Center