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PoWs on the Road

When we’re not creating PoWs or standing at our desks we’re busy on the road.

See where we’ve been and where we’re heading. Look for us in a city near you!

In May, Max and Annie traveled to Alexandria VA to work directly with students in the tjSTAR program. They showed the students the skills that are involved in being a math mentor, showing them the impact they could have on the next generation of mathematical problem solvers. They also challenged them to stump the experts – the students came prepared to ask hard questions.

In June, Suzanne represented the Math Forum at ISTE 2012 in San Diego.

In July, Max Ray attended Twitter Math Camp. This was one on the best PD experiences he’s ever had and here’s why: “So much time was spent just doing math together and whatever came up, came up. The conversations moved effortlessly between sharing classroom approaches to getting kids focused on units and interpreting problems, comparing and critiquing what worked, and unpeeling the math to understand why it worked.” You can read more on his blog.

October is a really busy month…

Max presented two different talks at Scholar Search in Boston

Playing with Math Tools: Using Online Games and Manipulatives for Serious Play

Let’s Play Math (and Reap the Rewards)!

NCTM Regional Conference in Hartford

Did you see us at booth 200?

Annie presented:

Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry (Session 12)
“Many topics in algebra and geometry are difficult to address conceptually and tend to be taught procedurally. We’ll explore interactive applets that let students ‘notice and wonder.’ Talk about mathematical situations, and develop conceptual understandings of triangle properties, linear equations, systems of equations, and factoring trinomials.”

Max presented:

I Tweet, Therefore I Learn
“Heard all the hype about Twitter? Wondering how it helps math teachers improve their practice? Skeptical that anything can be communicated in 140 characters? Learn tips on using Twitter to build a community to support your professional development.”

Betsy Peisach and Suzanne Alejandre presented:

Discover Mathlanding: Resources and Tools for Elementary-School Specialists and Teachers
Elementary school math leaders and teachers will learn about a new project called Mathlanding that focuses on improving the knowledge and instruction of elementary-level math. Mathlanding harnesses the best of the Web for use as an effective, technology-driven tool.

PCTM in Harrisburg

Max presented:

Crime Scene Investigation: Using Technology to Make and Test Conjectures About Similarity
“The Common Core builds the concept of similarity through dilation, and then transitions to proof. We will use technology to launch this transition and conjecture about how dilation and measurement relate.”

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Steve presented:

Notice and Wonder: Engaging Students and Developing Mathematical Thinking (K-12)
“This session is an introduction an approach that supports a culture of problem solving, engaging reluctant learners and challenging the high performing student.”

Using Technology to Increase Conceptual Understanding in Algebra and Geometry (Grades 6-12)
We’ll explore interactive applets that let students talk about mathematical situations, and develop conceptual understandings of triangle properties, linear equations, systems of equations, and factoring trinomials.

ATMOPAV Mathematics & Technology Conference in Wallingford, Pennsylvania

Max will present:

Becoming Better Reasoners: Supporting Students to Develop as Problem Solvers
How do we move students along the continuum from novice to expert problem solvers? We’ll look at key strategies such as Solve a Simpler Problem, Look at Cases, Make a Table, and Make a Model, exploring what it means to get better at each strategy. We will solve problems together, reflect on our work, and look at student work along the continuum.

Suzanne and Erin will present:

Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students’ Math Communication Skills
The Math Forum’s rubric emphasizes a combination of problem solving and strong mathematical communication. We’ll share stories from online and classroom exchanges illustrating how we help students develop these skills.

Val and Annie will present:

“Noticing and Wondering” as a Vehicle to Understanding the Problem
Good problem solvers automatically generate lists of ideas about any given mathematical situation. Asking all students to “notice” and “wonder” helps develop students’ abilities to generate mathematical ideas.

November 2012

Look for Suzanne Alejandre at three different conferences.

CMC-South and CMC-North and Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS)

All three sessions will focus on her article: Unsilence Students’ Voices, September 2012, CMC ComMuniCator