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The Math Forum community has been developing mathematical communication and problem solving skills every day since 1992. Attend one of our sessions to learn more about the specific work we are doing to help improve mathematics education.

Max Ray -- @maxmathforum
Valerie Klein -- @mathforumFinEd
Session 162 [agenda/handouts]
Pressing Pause: An Online Professional Development Model that Helps Teachers Take Time to Examine Student Thinking

  • Monday, April 15, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Capitol 1
  • Secondary (9 - 12)
  • Listening to student thinking during classroom teaching is challenging. Teachers struggle to generate questions that serve the dual purpose of learning more about the student’s ideas while moving that student’s thinking forward. This session describes online professional development that allowed us to craft and reflect on teacher-student problem-solving interactions asynchronously.

Betsy Peisach
Kay Sammons
Suzanne Alejandre -- @sumaczanne
Session 181 [Mathlanding website]
Online Resources and Tools for Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teachers

  • Monday, April 15, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Titanium
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Discover Mathlanding, a new project that harnesses the best of the web for use as an effective, technology-driven professional development tool. The free site provides mathematics specialists with rich resources to support elementary educators in building knowledge and practice. Learn about these rich offerings and practical applications to support educators.

Annie Fetter -- @MFAnnie
Session 188 [handouts/PowerPoint slides]
Noticing and Wondering as a Vehicle to Understanding the Problem

  • Monday, April 15, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Centennial B
  • General
  • The practices of Noticing and Wondering can help all students generate mathematical ideas and make connections between them. Noticing and Wondering pave the way for the development of other problem solving strategies and support a classroom culture that gives every student a way to contribute mathematically and treats math as a creative process.

Hope Yursa
Jason Silverman
Session 189
Ensure High-Quality Mathematics Instruction for All Students Through Online Learning Communities That Bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to Life

  • Monday, April 15, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Centennial C
  • Secondary (9 - 12)
  • The best professional development is on-going, in-depth & job imbedded. This interactive session shares the research and design from our online lesson study community that proves to increase knowledge of mathematics for teaching while bringing student understanding to the forefront by infusing the Mathematical practices into everyday teaching and learning.

Erin Igo
Suzanne Alejandre -- @sumaczanne
Session 205 [agenda/handouts]
iPads: Creating Opportunities for Student Discourse

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Centennial B
  • Middle (6 - 8)
  • We will tell our stories of how we've been using iPads and video in middle school math classrooms focusing on developing students' accountable talk and deepening students' mathematical practices. We will explore ways teacher leaders can assist teachers in creating an environment where student learning is sustained, validated, and challenged.

Stephen Weimar -- @sweimar
Session 244 [agenda/handouts]
Notice and Wonder: Supporting Students to Engage and Teachers to Use Student Thinking

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Mineral D/E
  • Secondary (9 - 12)
  • The I Notice, I Wonder™ approach to problem solving has gained popularity for overcoming anxiety and for connecting to student thinking. This workshop will share professional development activities that help teachers take this strategy beyond engagement to develop reasoning and an explicit focus on the Mathematical Practices of the CCSS.

Valerie Klein -- @mathforumFinEd
Ellen Clay
Session 245
Deepening Our Understanding of Elementary CCSS Mathematics While Practicing Our Teaching

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Mineral F/G
  • Intermediate (3 - 5)
  • We will facilitate an abbreviated model of how thinking about the presentation of, listening for, and revision of, a single problem with a focus on the organizing mathematical idea of the elementary CCSS that the problem represents can facilitate growth in content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and classroom teaching.

Suzanne Alejandre -- @sumaczanne
Erin Igo and Beth Nickle
Session 352 [agenda/handouts]
Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop Students’ Math Communication Skills

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Zirconium
  • Middle (6 - 8)
  • The Math Forum's rubric emphasizes a combination of good problem solving and strong mathematical communication. We score in six areas including, interpretation, strategy, accuracy, completeness, clarity, and reflection. We'll share stories of our efforts to help teachers use our rubric to help their students develop stronger mathematical practices including communication skills.

Annie Fetter -- @MFAnnie
Max Ray -- @maxmathforum
Session 382
Ignite! We'll Enlighten You and We'll Make It Quick!

  • Wednesday, April 17, 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Capitol 2
  • General
  • Join us for fast, informative, and fun talks where mathematics educators light up the room with fresh ideas in mathematics. Each speaker gets 5 minutes to talk about whatever lights them up, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds — whether they're ready or not.

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