2014-2015 Participant Outreach Activities

To build a core group of users for the PCMI @ Math Forum resources, participants of the 2014 Summer School Teachers Program have offered/will offer the following workshops.

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[Sep - Oct, 2014]  [Nov - Dec, 2014]  [Jan - Feb, 2015] 
[Mar - Apr, 2015]  [May - Jun, 2015]  [Jul - Aug, 2015

Professional Development Series
Date: 2014-2015
Location: Bowman School, Lexington, Massachusetts
Speaker: Linda Menkis (PCMI Alum) and Sharon FitzGerald - Lexington Public School Elementary Math Specialists
Description: We developed and implemented a series of presentations including the following themes; Implementing a Math Workshop Model in Classrooms, The Critical Learning Phases of Number Concept Development, Closing Lessons; Reflecting on Learning, Ways to Assess Learning. The feedback has been outstanding and the results in teacher and student learning have been tremendous. My participation in PCMI was inspirational.
 
Connecting Polynomial Multiplication to Probability
Date: October 17, 2014
Location: Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland
Speaker: Donna Young
Description: During this session I presented how I have changed my teaching of binomial probability to include connections to polynomial multiplication as a result of materials presented by Bowen and Daryl during morning math in 2013.
 
Several Conference Sessions
Date: October, 2014
Location: NCTM Regional, Indianapolis, IN
Speaker: Ryan Casey, Monica Tienda, Fred Dillon, Barb Lynch
Description: Barb Lynch and Ryan Casey presented on ratio and proportion. Monica presented on fractions, grades 3-5. And Fred presented two sessions.
 
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Progressing through Ratio and Proportion
Date: November 7, 2014
Location: Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio
Speaker: Barb Lynch
Description: This session presented different activities that showcased tape diagrams, double number lines, and connecting number lines to a two variable graph. Presented alternatives to "cross-multiplying."
 
Lexington Learns Together
Date: November, 2014
Location: Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, Massachusetts
Speaker: Linda Menkis (PCMI Alum) and Sharon FitzGerald - Lexington Public School Elementary Math Specialists
Description: My school district hosted a full day inservice that was composed of one hour workshops that were entirely created by Lexington teachers and presented to Lexington Teachers. I co-presented a workshop called "What's the Difference?: The Progression of Subtraction Understandings from Kindergarten to 5th Grade." Our target audience were elementary classroom teachers, Special Educators and Math Specialists. It has been our experience that elementary students develop the necessary understandings for addition far more easily than they do subtraction. In the workshop teachers participated in exploring the reasons for this imbalance as well as tracing the development of number concepts that form the foundational underpinnings necessary to understand subtraction.
 
Modeling Problem-Based Learning for Preservice Teachers
Date: November, 2014
Location: Houston, TX
Speaker: Mary Pilgrim
Description: Gallery Workshop for National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) regional conference.
 
Series of Department Meetings
Date: Fall, 2014 and Spring, 2015
Location: University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL
Speaker: Craig Russell
Description: We held several meetings based on the "math talk" professional development focus, including discussing norms (and sharing the Ilana Horn conversation). This engendered a wider discussion among teachers of an entire grade level around common norms.
 
Using the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
Date: February, 2015
Location: Pinellas County Schools, FL
Speaker: Jennifer Outzs
Description: We examined student work and learned about the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions as well as the Levels of Classroom Discourse.
 
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Calendar Tricks
Date: March 15, 2015
Location: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
Author: Jennifer Chen
Description: Article published in Vol. 20, Issue 7 in the MTMS journal.
 
Soccer Math
Date: April, 2015
Location: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
Author: Devin Engledew
Description: Article published in Vol. 20, Issue 8 in the MTMS journal.
 
Thoughtless Excellence: When Students Succeed without Thinking
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speakers: Jason Libberton, Angie Godfrey and Rhonda D. Birnie
Description: Success in mathematics is often measured by grades. Yet, some students receive high grades without really understanding the mathematics. This session will highlight several key teaching practices that encourage deep conceptual understanding as well as some practices that unintentionally support students' "thoughtless excellence."
View NCTM site for link to session handout
 
NCTM's Principles to Actions: Putting the Punch in Proportional Reasoning
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015: 1:00 PM-2:15 PM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speakers: Gail R. Englert and Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy
Description: NCTM identifies eight instructional moves for teaching with equity. We will begin with examples of middle grades teachers applying these moves, followed by in-depth applications of a proportional reasoning unit. Participants will use easy-to-manage, inexpensive-to-prepare, hands-on activities to explore proportionality and connections to prealgebra.
View NCTM site for link to session handout
 
Nix the Tricks
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speakers: Tina Cardone and Ashli J. Black
Description: Being a mathematics student is about critical thinking, justification, and using tools of past experiences to solve new problems. Students who approach every topic as a series of steps to memorize are not learning math. In this session we will explore how to replace some popular tricks with teaching for understanding.
View NCTM site for link to session handout
 
Principles to Actions: Using Good Tasks
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speakers: Fred Dillon and Matthew Blue Taylor
Description: What tasks can help my students learn about statistics and sampling, or about connections between functions and geometry? We will work on problems that model Principles to Actions' effective teaching practices, with an emphasis on selecting goals, choosing good tasks, planning for discourse, having multiple entry points, and using proper tools.
 
Exploring Exponential Growth through Epidemics!
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speakers: Sarah B. Bush, Karen Karp and Fred Dillon
Description: The phenomenon of epidemics is mathematical and intriguing. We share an activity used to introduce students to exponential functions. We explain our process: setting the context using movies, books, and history; a classroom simulation; posing questions about patterns, multiple representations, and applications; and real-life considerations.
 
Scored Math Discussions: Assessing Discourse in the High School Classroom
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015: 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
Location: NCTM 2015 Annual Meeting & Exposition, Boston, MA
Speaker: William Stafford
Description: Scored discussions provide a method to model, measure, and improve the math discourse in the classroom. Adopting a structure successfully used in English and history classrooms, scored discussions measure students' ability to productively participate in the problem-solving process. Participants will practice scoring, and leave with templates to use.
View NCTM site for link to session handout
 
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Program Committee Member
Date: April, 2015
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Speaker: Devin Engledew
Description: Devin is on the Program Committee for the NCTM Regional Conference to be held in Philadelphia in 2016.
 
Connecting Polynomial Multiplication to Probability
Date: June 13, 2015
Location: AP Statistics Reading in Kansas City, Missouri
Speaker: Donna Young
Description: During this session I presented how I have changed my teaching of binomial probability to include connections to polynomial multiplication as a result of materials presented by Bowen and Daryl during morning math in 2013.
 

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