Math Solutions at NCTM Annual 2016

by Math Solutions Professional Learning Team, April 09th, 2016

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Are you feeling groovy? It’s time to celebrate some Peace, Love, and Math with Math Solutions at NCTM Annual this week in San Francisco! If you’re attending, make sure to stop by booth #911. We will be going back in time with some far out math games and groovy prizes, including a Google Chromebook!

Check out our exciting lineup of presentations and in-booth activities below. We hope to see you there!


Thursday, April 14th


8:00 – 9:15 “Tool Time! Implementing Tools to Help Students Achieve Number Sense Through Number Talks”
Speakers: Lisa Rogers
Room: Moscone 306

This hands-on session will unravel the sequence of many teaching tools that can be used to support young students in learning number sense. Activities will be explored as we take a look at a variety of tools including ten-frames, 100s charts, number paths, and lines. The progression is designed to deepen mathematical understanding and reasoning.


8:00 – 9:00 “Productive Math Talk in K-2 Classrooms? Absolutely”
Speakers: Nancy Anderson
Room: Marriot Yerba Buena 7

Students as young as age five can engage in classroom discussions that focus on explaining their own thinking and responding to the reasoning of others. In this session, participants will learn about talk moves that help teachers manage productive discussions in K–2 math classes. Participants will view video clips of discussions in K–2 classes.


9:30 – 10:30 “Math is Supposed to Make Sense!”
Speaker: Cathy Seeley
Room: Moscone 135

Helping students develop mathematical habits of mind may be the most important thing we do. How can every student learn to build numerical, spatial, and logical reasoning? Let’s help them expect math to make sense—even demand that it make sense—both in what they learn and in what they and others do. Let’s help them see that math is supposed to make sense!


9:45 – 10:45 “Beyond Invert & Multiply: Making Sense of Fractions”
Speaker: Julie McNamara
Room: Moscone 3008

Students often struggle with fraction computation. We’ll share hands-on strategies for helping students learn to compute accurately, efficiently, and with understanding. Activities will develop and build on students’ “fraction sense” and help students understand fractions as numbers as called for in CCSSM. Video from classrooms will be shared.


12:00 Far Out Raffle for Groovy Prizes!
Math Solutions Booth #911


3:00 Far Out Raffle for a Groovy Google Chromebook!
Math Solutions Booth #911


3:30 Author Meet & Greet
Math Solutions Booth #911


5:00 Far Out Raffle for a Groovy Google Chromebook!

Friday, April 15th


8:00 – 9:00 “Math Talk: Mathematical Sense-Making Through Mental Math”
Speaker: Connie Horgan
Room: Moscone 3003

Math Talks are a powerful classroom routine that uses mental math to support the development of mathematical reasoning while encouraging productive academic discourse. In this session, we will engage in Math Talks designed for the algebra and geometry classroom, and we will address how to successfully implement this rigorous protocol.


12:00 Far Out Raffle for Groovy Prizes!
Math Solutions Booth #911


1:00 – 2:15 “Building a Conceptual Understanding: Solving Systems of Linear Equations”
Speaker: Sheila Yates
Room: Moscone 2003

With the right approach, all students can be successful in understanding, solving, and applying systems of equations. In this session, we will build conceptual understanding of a system of equations, and we will highlight multiple representations and a variety of solving strategies that go beyond elimination and substitution.


3:00 Google Chromebook Raffle
Math Solutions Booth #911


3:30 – 4:30 “It Makes Sense: Using Number Lines, K-2”
Speaker: Ann Carlyle
Room: Marriott Nob Hill C/D

Students use tools to justify their answers. Students learn about decomposition and parts of the whole. More, less, the same, how many more, and how many less are all ideas that can be developed within the student’s brain using this visual tool.


5:00 Google Chromebook Raffle
Math Solutions Booth #911


Saturday, April 16th

11:00 – 12:00 “Developing Numerical Understanding and Skills: Lessons Learned from Classroom Teaching”
Speaker: Marilyn Burns
Room: Moscone 134/135

Students often see the goal of math assignments to “do the page” instead of to “do the math.” This session presents pedagogical suggestions that build numerical proficiency, embrace the mathematical practices, and help students become effective learners and doers of mathematics. Suggestions are illustrated by specific classroom examples.



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