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Modeling Mathematics from Many Angles
December 6 - 8, 2013

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Our Presentations: Annie (Friday) || Annie (Saturday)  || Suzanne || Steve || Max

Strategic Uses of Technology to Promote Conceptual Understanding

Annie Fetter
Friday, December 6, 2013
1:30 - 4:30
Friday Mini-conference
Grades 6-12
Description: Many topics in math seem difficult to address conceptually and tend to be taught procedurally. We'll explore technology tools that encourage students to "notice and wonder", talk about and make sense of mathematical situations, and develop conceptual understanding of triangle properties, linear equations, systems of equations, factoring trinomials, calculus concepts, and more. Participants should bring iPads and laptops if possible.

Sense Making? Aren't We Already Doing That in Literacy?

Annie Fetter
Saturday, December 7, 2013
9:30 - 10:30
Session 235
PGMS, Room 6
Grades 3-8
Description: The very first Mathematical Practice, "make sense of problems", includes many ideas that have long been foci of literacy instruction. Yet when "math" starts, both teachers and students often leave those good habits behind. We'll look at examples of this and explore how to translate literacy routines into good mathematical practices.

Moving Beyond the Right Answer

Suzanne Alejandre
Saturday, December 7, 2013
11:00 - 12:00
Session 350
PGMS, Room 32
Description: What happens when we give students solutions and engage them in an activity where the focus is shifted from solving a problem to reflecting on methods used by others to solve the problem? We'll experience this and discuss how to create similar activities from different resources. Activities that offer a variety of problem-solving strategies provide the scaffolding for students to develop how they make sense of problems, develop additional problem-solving methods, & persevere in solving problems.

Notice & Wonder: Engage in Formative Assessment of Mathematical Thinking

Stephen Weimar
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:30 - 5:00
Session 511
Asilomar, Sanderling
Grades 8-12
Description: The Notice and 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 take this strategy beyond engagement to develop reasoning and an explicit focus on the Mathematical Practices of the CCSS.

Becoming Better Reasoners: Supporting Students to Develop as Problem-Solvers

Max Ray
Saturday, December 7, 2013
3:30 - 5:00
Session 545
PGMS, Room 26
Grades 8-12
Description: How do we move students along the continuum from novice to expert problem solvers? We'll explore 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. We will solve problems together and use our own work and student work to practice recognizing novice versions of strategic thinking, as well as discuss activities and teacher moves that can help students see problem solving as a process they can get better at.

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