Math Solutions at NCSM Annual 2016

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 08th, 2016

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Join our Math Solutions team of authors and professional development experts in Oakland this week at NCSM Annual, April 11th – 13th! We have a fantastic lineup of informative presentations in store for attendees, including a Major Sessions talk by Math Solutions founder Marilyn Burns.

Check out our session schedule below and mark your calendars!


Monday, April 11th


12:15 – 1:15 “Maximizing Learning or Missing Opportunities: Helping Teachers Foster Algebra Readiness”
Speakers: Amy Mayfield / Lu Ann Weynand
Room: OCC 206

The Operations and Algebraic Thinking progression states, “Linking equations to concrete materials, drawings, and other representations of problem situations affords a deep and flexible understanding of the building blocks of algebra.” This session supports leaders in developing ways of thinking that underlie both arithmetic and algebra.


12:15 – 1:15 “Coaching for Success: Get Ready (Learning Targets), Get Set (Intentional Listening), Go! (Feedback)”
Speakers: Jeane Joyner / George Albright
Room: Grand Ballroom ABC

We will explore three critical aspects of instruction in which coaches can have a positive impact: helping teachers develop expertise in identifying clear learning targets; listening intentionally to students in order to assess their understanding; and providing feedback that encourages learning.


1:30 – 2:30 “Coaching Teachers on the Use of Mathematical Talk”
Speakers: Nancy Anderson / Will Crissman / Jin Lee
Room: OCC 201

Mathematics coaches are often asked to help classrooms teachers use “mathematical talk” or productive mathematical discussions in their classes. This session will focus on coaching strategies for helping classroom teachers facilitate discussions in which students talk about their own reasoning and critique the reasoning of others.


2:45 – 3:45 “Cultivating an Online Mathematical Community: Changing Professional Learning so It Matches the Way We Live”
Speakers: Mary Mitchell / Jennifer Chintala
Room: OCC 208

By cultivating an online mathematical community, leaders encourage a school culture of communication and collaboration. In this session, we will consider the necessary conditions and structures to collaborate in professional learning with teachers. Leaders develop an action plan to leverage current resources fostering a rich online learning community.


2:45 – 3:45 “Tech Showcase: Define a Model Mathematics Classroom in Physical and Virtual School”
Speakers: Patricia Clark / Marji Freeman
Room: OCC 207

Best instructional practice for teaching and learning has focused on teacher and student behaviors observable in classrooms. Math Solutions has worked to define the model mathematics classroom, capturing these behaviors in our Instructional Practices Inventory. This session will explore the model virtual classroom based on what we know about face-to-face teaching and learning.

**First 20 attendees will receive Faster Isn’t Smarter, Messages about Math, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition, by Cathy L. Seeley.


4:00 – 5:00 “Fraction Number Talks: Moving Beyond Telling”
Speakers: Sherry Parrish / Ann Dominick
Room: Junior Ballroom

We will look at Fraction Number Talks as a vehicle for shifting teacher beliefs about teaching and learning fractions from a procedural approach to one that focuses on making relationships to build understanding. Classroom videos will be used to analyze student strategies and misconceptions in the area of fractions.

**First 20 attendees will receive a Fraction Number Talks booklet!


Tuesday April 12th


8:15 – 9:15 “Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages”
Speakers: Sherry Parrish / Ann Dominick
Room: OCC 206

The use of Number Talks to develop efficient, accurate, and flexible computation strategies with rational numbers will be explored. We will look at common student-invented strategies based on the CCSSM and the use of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.


10:00 – 11:00 “Visibly and Invisibly Helping Every Teacher Help Every Student Achieve”
Speaker: Cathy Seeley
Room: Grand Ballroom

Our educational system won’t be a success until and unless we embrace the notion that every single student deserves the opportunity to become a powerful mathematical thinker. Let’s think together about the strategies and actions it takes for that to happen and the role of leaders in initiating, nurturing, supporting, and sustaining changes that will last over time

Wednesday, April 13th


10:00 – 11:00 “Reflective Learner Journey from Selective Rule to iPad”
Speakers: Mike Gould / Lisa Bush
Room: Skyline

Has this been a journey of 180 or 360 degrees? This session will stress the key steps needed to be a reflective learner woven in their stories of 70 years of helping people at thinking mathematically. There will be self and group reflection on: Asking, Listening, Learning. Formative Assessment as a driving force of change will modeled.


10:00 – 11:00 “Supporting Secondary Teachers’ Conceptions of Mathematical Modeling”
Speakers: Michelle Cirillo / John Pelesko
Room: OCC 212

We discuss challenges in teaching mathematical modeling and present research-based strategies for supporting teachers to navigate this new and unfamiliar terrain. Through our collaboration with teachers, we offer resources for helping teachers become better modelers and for supporting students in becoming successful modelers.


2:15 – 3:15 “Helping Develop Leaders Through Sharing Lessons I’ve Learned from Classroom Teaching”
Speaker: Marilyn Burns
Room: Grand Ballroom

In this session, I plan to present how I draw on what I’ve learned from teaching students and supporting teachers to contribute to developing prospective mathematics leaders. The session will focus on content of the curriculum, understanding how students learn, organizing the classroom to maximize learning, and making assessment integral to instruction.


3:30 – 4:00 “Who is Mathematics Talk Good For?”
Speakers: Le’Vada Gray / Genni Steele
Room: Oakland

The Standards for Mathematical Practice require all students to make sense of problems, reason abstractly and quantitatively, and construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematics leaders and coaches of students of color will learn how to engage their students in productive discourse to assess their learning.


If you’ll be in Oakland for the conference, stop by one of our many sessions and visit our Math Solutions team at booth #301. We hope to see you there!


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