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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.

Valerie Klein & Jason Silverman
NCTM Session 81
Online Environment to Support Formative Assessment, Instructional Planning, and Collaboration

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM
  • Room 106 (BCEC)
  • The NSF-funded EnCoMPASS project supports teachers to look closely and collaboratively at students' responses to open-ended rich tasks and use the resulting insights to inform their instruction and generate effective feedback. We will share the ways teachers are using this online environment and how it has impacted their practice.

Lois Burke @lbburke & Arlene Smith @smitee60ne
NCTM Session 195
Student-to-Student Mentoring in a Rich Problem-Solving Environment

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
  • Room 157 A (BCEC)
  • Lois's students needed chances to practice their mathematical communication. Arlene's students needed chances to practice solving rich problems. The solution: Lois and Arlene's students both solved the same problem, and then Lois's students each mentored one of Arlene's. Come learn about the hows, whys, and what happened in this multinational project.

Michael Pershan @mpershan & Max Ray @maxmathforum
NCTM Session 196
Contexts for Complex Numbers

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
  • Room 205 B (BCEC)
  • Students are often taught that complex numbers are solutions to previously unsolvable equations. This is historically inaccurate, and often unsatisfying to students. What are complex numbers good for? In this session we'll share problems that create a need for complex numbers, while drawing connections between transformations, geometry, and algebra.

Max Ray @maxmathforum
NCTM Session 241
Slowing Down and Making Sense: Launching and Exploring Rich Problems

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
  • Room 106 (BCEC)
  • What does it take to get a room full of elementary or middle school students persisting on a rich task? Lots of careful setup and planning! We'll analyze stories and videos of teachers implementing rich tasks, and we'll learn about effective ways to help students understand problems well enough to solve them and persevere during independent work time.

Suzanne Alejandre @sumaczanne & Steve Weimar @sweimar
NCTM Session 287 [agenda]
Ignite! We’ll Enlighten You and We’ll Make It Quick

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
  • Ballroom East (BCEC)
  • What makes mathematics educators passionate? Join us and find out! Our ten mathematics educators light up the room with fresh ideas in math teaching and learning. Each speaker gets five minutes to talk about whatever ignites their passion, using twenty slides that auto­ advance every fifteen seconds­ whether they’re ready or not. Featuring Robert Berry, Peg Cagle, Rafranz Davis, Annie Fetter, Darshan Jain, Dan Meyer, Eric Milou, Max Ray, Robyn Silbey and Ellie Terry. Emcee'd by NCTM President Diane Briars. Facilitated by Suzanne Alejandre and Stephen Weimar from The Math Forum.

Annie Fetter @MFAnnie & Debbie Wile @debwile
NCTM Session 704 [PDF of PPT] [Storify of session from @carloliwitter]
Getting Students Invested in the Process of Problem Solving

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Room 159 (BCEC)
  • Analyzing student responses to feedback over the course of the school year, we found that responding to students’ ideas throughout the problem-solving process, rather than just to their product at the end, has led to students being more engaged, less reliant on their parents, and more reflective. It also provides a record of their thinking.

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