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Association of Teachers of Mathematics Of Philadelphia And Vicinity (ATMOPAV)
Fall Conference, Wallingford, Pennsylvania
October 27, 2012

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  • 2012: The Math Forum @ Drexel: 20 Years of Building Online Community to Change Practices, Change Mathematics Education, and Change Lives [HTML]
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  • Samples of the Problems of the Week and Teacher Resources [HTML]
  • Professional Development: [PDF]
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  • Mastering the Common Core Mathematical Practices Through Problem-Solving Strategies: [PDF]
  • Problem Solving and Communication Activity Series: [PDF]

Attend our sessions:

Becoming Better Reasoners: Supporting Students to Develop as Problem Solvers

Max Ray, the Math Forum
8:30 - 10:00
Session 4
Grades 6-12

Description: 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.

Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students' Math Communication Skills

Suzanne Alejandre, the Math Forum, Philadelphia, PA
Erin Igo, McCullough Middle School, Colonial, DE 9:00 - 10:00
Session 7
Grades 3 - 8


Description: 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.

"Noticing and Wondering" as a Vehicle to Understanding the Problem

Annie Fetter, the Math Forum
Valerie Klein, the Math Forum
10:30 - 12:00
Session 10
Grades K - 5


Description: 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.

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