October 8, 2018
Math discourse in science? Science classrooms are the perfect place to employ math discourse strategies to create understanding, support critical thinking and connect the SMPs to the NGSS science and engineering practices. In this interactive session we will explore techniques to create lively math discussions in the science classroom
Participants will also explore how to best communicate the school or district decisions about math acceleration to parents and community members. I will share the white paper on acceleration and the research base and description of the pipeline for grade 6-12 mathematics. This session is intended for teachers, curriculum leaders, administrators, and coaches. This topic […]
This session will introduce you to the Masters of Science in Education with an Emphasis in Mathematics offered through Fort Hays State University to meet the HLC Requirements. This session will look at quadratic equations from elementary level through Calculus.
In a techy-teach world, it can be difficult to know where to start! This session will provide “playtime” and tips for innovative, FREE math apps and software that will enhance instruction and classroom management with technology. Programs such as Desmos, Geogebra, BuzzMath, Apple Classroom, Showbie, and more will be explored! Please bring your laptop and/or […]
In this presentation we will examine the research on how the brain learns. We will discuss and practice instructional strategies that will enhance the depth of learning for all students. Use what we know about the brain to help your students truly REMEMBER!
This session will provide an update on resources available for the implementation of the 2017 Math Standards. Information on upcoming professional learning opportunities will be shared. Additionally, updates related to the math state assessment will be provided.
Ever wondered how you could get kids excited about math? I’ll explore how to introduce kids to games that involve movement and/or social interaction, to improve social skills of students and to practice and revise actual classwork with very little preparation (once you have mastered how the games work)! Yes I’m talking about games that […]
The “Thinking Classroom” is an instructional design developed by Dr. Peter Liljedahl of Simon Fraser University. It includes 14 researched-based key points to invert your classroom from a teacher-centric space to student-centric. If the students aren’t thinking, they aren’t learning. This session will examine the practices currently in place by the presenter, and an unscientific […]
A series of problems (relatively easily solved in multiple ways) will be presented, worked on within groups, and solutions shared. Effective mathematical discourse will be emphasized, modeled and reflected upon. Participants will use paper and pencils to work on group solutions to problems and then share their results.
Have you ever used Desmos? If not, this is the session for you. In this session, I’ll show you the basics of how to use Desmos. You’ll learn how to use Desmos in place of a graphing calculator, as well as Desmos Classroom Activities. There are tons of classroom activities to pick from, plus I’ll […]
What do your grading practices imply? In this presentation we will explore the purposes, concerns, interpretations and impacts of Traditional and Redesign Grading Practices. Time will be devoted for you to determine your perspective on learning and how the actions you take and decisions you make, based on your mindset, impact your students. We will […]
I love math teaching with math manipulatives (tools) at all grade levels. There are wonderful tools (including calculators) available to make math more understandable and enjoyable. However, some good ones are misused (becoming bad), some bad ones are misused (becoming ugly) and some ugly ones should be banned from the classroom altogether. Come see what […]
This session will share ideas of how teachers can use GeoGebra as a teacher productivity tool. Emphasis will be placed upon generating images within GeoGebra that ultimately can be used in a variety of ways: handouts, tests, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and more. Examples will be shared. The use of GeoGebra with students will be briefly […]
Come hear about an exciting competition we hosted for our students at Washburn Rural Middle School! 270+ students voluntarily signed up, created teams and competed both individually and in groups in traditional and not-so-traditional STEM events. I will show you how we incorporated Google Forms to help manage the event, Google Classroom to get kids […]
How do I bring my math mojo to the classroom? Some teachers teach while others reach! Join steve on this magical journey filled with critical ideas on how to help your students see math in a whole new way! You will need something to write with and write on.
An inexpensive way to evaluate variables, combine like terms and solve equations concretely that you can implement tomorrow. This model also has additional applications that can be used in solving systems in high school mathematics.
We will walk a graph to use motion problems to model functions. Motion detectors, Desmos, and other technology will be used. Connecting physical motion with position graphs will excite your students as they discover relationships between position, velocity, and slope. You will leave with ready to use lessons that can be used for modeling linear […]
Interested in engaging your students with inquiry-based teaching? This session will explore mathematics lessons taught in urban high school classrooms, where students explore meaningful mathematics through group collaboration. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in lesson activities related to Pascal’s Triangle and conic sections. Participants will learn about what was successful when the […]
We all teach math under varying circumstances: length of class; number of students, curriculum publisher (or no curriculum); readiness of students; familiarity with the curriculum; and years teaching math just begin the list. Participants can plan to leave Manhattan on Monday with numerous new “tools” in their “math tool box” that can be implemented in […]