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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia
March 22 - 24, 2007

"Mathematics: Representing the Future"

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Booth #1319 Information || NSCM 2007
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Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 1319, or attend one of our sessions:

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Thursday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 206: Technology Is the Plate!: Tools That Enhance Elementary Problem Solving
Friday 8:30 - 10:00
Session 436: Good Problems: Moving with Multiple Representations to Algebraic Reasoning
Friday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 570: The Math Forum's tPoWs: Using a Variety of Mathematical Representations
Friday 3:30 - 4:30
Session 719: Algebra Readiness through Multiple Representations -- Technology Style

Technology Is the Plate!: Tools That Enhance Elementary Problem Solving

Claire Mead

Thursday, March 22, 2007
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Session 206
Georgia World Congress Center, C207
Level: 3 - 8 and Teachers of Teachers
Regular Session

Claire
Goals:
  1. Explore ways that technology enhances problem solving by providing a medium for the solving process as well as for communicating results.
  2. Demonstrate how students can use commonly available software applications to develop and present their mathematical thinking.
  3. Introduce teachers to The Math Forum's Math Tools, a free service for locating appropriate web applets that support problem solving.
  4. Show how pre-service teachers incorporate technology tools in their problem solving course.

Description: Technology is a powerful medium for problem solving. Learn how commonly available software and Web applets can uncover mathematics through visualization and pattern discovery and help students communicate their results and thinking effectively.

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Good Problems: Moving with Multiple Representations to Algebraic Reasoning

Stephen Weimar and Steve Risberg
Friday, March 23, 2007
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Session 436
Omni Hotel at CNN Center - Grand Ballroom A (capacity: 56)
Level: 6 - 12 and Teachers of Teachers
Small Gallery Workshop

Steve
 
Steve (Riz)

Description: Explore good problems tested with teachers and students and the teaching strategies that help students build algebraic reasoning from their calculations and concrete representations. Learn to use a free, grant-funded online teacher support program.

  • Introduce participants to good problems for rich explorations that expose the algebraic reasoning in solution strategies.
  • Demonstrate the use of student work to ground teachers' preparation for helping a wide range of students to develop their algebraic reasoning.
  • Connect participants to a supporting online community and related grant-funded professional development.
  • Illustrate the deep pedagogical knowledge that is needed for informed instruction of common topics.

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The Math Forum's tPoWs: Using a Variety of Mathematical Representations

Suzanne Alejandre and Cynthia Lanius
Friday, March 23 2007
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Session 570
Georgia World Congress Center - B401 (capacity: 316)
Level: 3-12 and Teachers of Teachers
Regular Session

Suzanne
 
Cynthia
Goals:
  1. View examples of student work submitted to the Technology Problems of the Week where students have communicated the process they have used to solve the problem.
  2. Examine the various representations used (symbols, graphs, tables, models) and discuss how each might address a different learning style.
  3. Discuss how communication and technology (both highlights of the tPoW process) are powerful tools to increase mathematical understanding.

Description: Technology Problems of the Week (tPoWs) modeled after the Math Forum's Problems of the Week are constructed-response problems enhanced by virtual manipulatives. We will examine students' solutions that demonstrate a variety of representations used in the problem solving and also the communication of the solutions.

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Algebra Readiness through Multiple Representations -- Technology Style

Annie Fetter
Friday, March 23, 2007
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 719
Georgia World Congress Center - B402 (capacity: 316)
Level: 6-12
Regular Session

Annie
Participants will:
  1. Experience collaborative problem solving which is designed to build algebraic reasoning.
  2. Analyze tables, graphs, physical models, computer simulations, symbolic expressions and verbal descriptions and discuss the effectiveness of each representation for various problems.
  3. Explore the use of different technologies to represent mathematical relationships in various ways.
  4. Examine samples of teacher and student work done with the Math Forum @ Drexel in its online workshop for teachers that illustrate all of the above activities.

Description: Investigate problem solving that builds algebraic reasoning. We will analyze the effectiveness of tables, graphs, symbols, physical models, computer simulations, and words to represent mathematical relationships for various problems. Together we will explore different technologies to create representations. Samples from the Math Forum's online teacher workshop will illustrate each.

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