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PoWs on the Road

We’re gearing up for the annual conferences of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in New Orleans this April.
NCSM Conference:
Monday, April 7, 2014:
Annie Fetter presents: Session 341 – Sense Making? Aren’t We Already Doing That In Literacy?*
The very first Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice, telling students to “make sense of problems,” includes many ideas that have long been emphasized in literacy instruction. Yet when “math” starts, both teachers and students often leave those good habits behind. We’ll look at examples of this phenomenon and explore how to translate literacy routines into good mathematical practices.
Max Ray presents: Session 347 – Does That Make Sense in the Story? Front-loading Formative Assessment During Problem Solving.*
Taking time at the beginning of a problem-solving session to listen to student thinking pays off during independent work time. We’ll look at the difficult transition from reading a word problem to beginning to solve it, using student work, videos, and vignettes from upper-elementary and middle-school classrooms. I’ll share activities that make student thinking visible, provide opportunities for formative assessment, and help students compare ideas and develop their own sense-making strategies.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014: 3:30 – 4:30pm – Grand B*
Session 366: Ignite!
What makes mathematical educators passionate? What IGNITES us? Join us to find out! See how well our ten featured speakers do with 20 PowerPoint slides advancing every 15 seconds, whether they are ready or not!
NCTM Research pre-session:
Monday, April 7, 2014: 5:45pm – 6:45pm – Room 217/218 (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)*
Describing vs. Deducing: Characterizing Teachers’ Analysis of Student Work

NCTM Conference:
Thursday, April 10, 2014: 8am – 9am – Grand Ballroom A (Hilton)*
Suzanne Alejandre presents: Unsilence Students’ Voices
Picture a classroom. The teacher presents a problem & initiates discussion. Some students look attentive, but are quiet. A few students have hands raised, posed to talk. At least one or two students seem disengaged. Every classroom has silenced voices. Why? Activities & handouts will be shared to help meet the CCSSM Practices, particularly #1 & #3.
Saturday, April 12, 2014: 8am – 9am R09 – Convention Center*
Annie Fetter presents: Sense Making? Aren’t We Already Doing That in Literacy?
The very first Common Core Standard for Mathematical Practice, telling students to “make sense of problems,” includes many ideas that have long been emphasized in literacy instruction. Yet when “math” starts, both teachers and students often leave those good habits behind. We’ll look at examples of this phenomenon and explore how to translate literacy routines into good mathematical practices.
*all times and locations are subject to change, please reconfirm before attending.
Ongoing:

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