The Math Forum

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Annual Meeting, Washington DC
April 22-25, 2009

"Equity: All Means All"

NCSM 2009

Meet the Math Forum staff in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 826, or attend one of our sessions:

Click on the day/time to view details about that session:

Thursday 8:00 - 9:00
Session 20: Planning with Inquiry-Based Mathematics Programs: Complexities and Influences
Thursday 3:00 - 4:30
Session 292: Math Forum, Online Workshops, Problem Solving, Technology and You!
Friday 8:00 - 9:00
Session 380: The MathMentor: An online career and math-mentoring program for high-potential, low-income students
Saturday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 812: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners
Saturday 12:30 - 1:30
Session 815: Using Technology to Create an Inclusion Classroom in the Middle School

Planning with Inquiry-Based Mathematics Programs: Complexities and Influences

Troy P. Regis

Thursday, April 23, 2009
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session 20
Hyatt, Renwick/Bulfinch
Level: 3-5, Higher Education, Teacher of Teachers
Research Session


Troy will present work from his research project exploring teacher planning with inquiry-based materials; share findings regarding No Child Left Behind, testing, collaboration, and teachers' beliefs; make connections from the research to classroom practice; and share a framework highlighting the planning process.


  • to make attendees aware of issues that arose when teachers were planning with Investigations
  • to share how important collaboration and professional development were in the process, as well as major misconceptions teachers had about NCLB, and the influences on their planning
  • to provide support for planning with inquiry-based materials, such as Investigations, because they are complex in nature and require more attention to planning in order to implement the curriculum as it was intended
  • to share the refined framework for understanding the planning process that resulted from this research


Math Forum, Online Workshops, Problem Solving, Technology and You!

Suzanne Alejandre and NSDL Workshop Moderators:
    Barbara Delaney, Bellingham, Massachusetts
    Marie Hogan, West Covina, California
    Glenys Martin, Parkside, Saskatchewan Canada
    Margaret McCloskey, Havertown, Pennsylvania
    Ashley Miller, Salisbury, North Carolina
    Pam Million, Fairdale, Kentucky

Thursday, April 23, 2009
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Session 292
Convention Center, Room: 204 A/B
Level: 6 - 8, Teacher of Teachers
Small Gallery Workshop

Participants will engage in sample online professional development activities and investigate some mathematics topics common to middle school curricula. In this context we will explore the Math Tools digital library, tPoWs, and several software tools that contribute to mathematical understanding, problem solving, reflection, and discussion.


  • hear accounts from classroom teachers (our NSDL Workshop Moderators) who have participated in one or more of the online workshops
  • work with problem solving prompts to demonstrate how we use them in an online environment
  • discuss how students develop their mathematical understanding and how online tools can help
  • present an overview of available online workshops
  • share some examples of online workshop participants' posts as a starting point for discussions about the development of students' conceptual knowledge









The MathMentor: An online career and math-mentoring program for high-potential, low-income students

Mai Sidawi

Friday, April 24, 2009
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Session 380
Hyatt, Room: Independence F/G
Level: 9 - 12
General Session


Explore an online mentoring program for high-potential, low-income students in which mathematicians and scientists work with students to solve mathematical problems and identify connections to career options. Learn about feedback and discourse that develop communication and problem-solving skills.


  • Explore the community of the MathMentor and the strategies that enable students to develop their abilities to problem solve and communicate about mathematics.
  • Examine samples of students' work with mentors as they revise solutions to non-routine challenging problems.
  • Learn from models of mentor feedback that students find specific, doable, respectful, and motivating.


Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners

Claire Mead
Mary Taylor, Loring School, Sudbury MA

Saturday, April 25, 2009
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Session 812
Convention Center, Room: 103 B
Level: 3-8
General Session


Rich problems invite a variety of solution strategies. They provide an effective vehicle for accommodating a range of levels and learning styles, and for addressing the Process Standards as well! We will share strategies for using problem solving to build skills and concepts for struggling students and to provide challenge for those who soar.


The presenters will:
  • Demonstrate how rich problems help teachers differentiate instruction for learners with diverse developmental levels and learning styles.
  • Share strategies for adapting problems to make them more accessible or more challenging.
  • Share management strategies that allow all children to grow.
  • Explore ways in which assessment of problem solving can inform instructional decisions.
  • Discuss how problem analysis enables teachers to take better advantage of a problem's potential.


Using Technology to Create an Inclusion Classroom in the Middle School

Annie Fetter, The Math Forum @ Drexel
Holly Carr and Michelle O'Donnell, Woodlynne School, Woodlynne, NJ

Saturday, April 25, 2009
12:30 - 1:30
Session 815
Convention Center Room: 152 B
Level: 6-8
General Session


New Jersey's Include project focuses on creating classrooms in which all students, including English language learners and those with mild disabilities, use technology to improve academic achievement. As classroom teacher and math coach, we'll share our uses of Sketchpad®, applets, spreadsheets, and more in this program. Laptops welcomed.


  • Explore activities designed with multiple levels of support.
  • Discover how technology has been used to support mildly disabled and English language learners.
  • See entries from the students' journals
  • Examine examples of student work.
  • Learn how the Math Tools digital library facilitates the finding of appropriate applets and activities.

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