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Modeling Mathematics from Many Angles
December 6 - 8, 2013
Pacific Grove, CA


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College Credit






Full Conference Program (correct as of printing)

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Keynote Speakers 

Friday Night Keynote Speaker (7:30 - 9 PM)

Dr. David Dockterman:  The Gamification of Math: Building a Growth Mindset Among Students Who Need It Most. 

In games failure typically prompts players to adjust and try again. In school mistakes, particularly in math, can lead to shut down, reaffirming the student's sense of inadequacy. Too many struggling students have, in the words of Carol Dweck, a “fixed mindset” about math, a belief that they just can’t do it. They stop trying. Without effort, though, success is impossible. On the other hand, perseverance, a key standard of mathematical practice in the Common Core, is a fundamental characteristic of “growth mindset” and the way kids naturally approach games. This session brings together research-validated and research–based tools for leveraging gaming elements to shift the math mindsets of the students  students who need it most.

Sunday Morning Keynote Speakers

Dan Meyer:   Fake-World Math 

Dan Meyer works with thousands of math educators every year and finds more disagreement about the CCSS modeling standard than any other. So let's try to answer the questions: What is modeling? How do we get our students to do it: and How do we get our students to like it?

Tim Kanold: The Art of Teaching Mathematics: Inspiring Students to Learn!

In this motivational and engaging session, you will be challenged to think of student motivation not as a cause but as a consequence of the way you "model" expectations for student learning and achievement. The “Art” of teaching mathematics lies within a keen understanding of four critical dispositions and decisions you make every day, every week, every year about mathematics teaching, student learning learning and effective communication with students. 

Friday Mini-conference (1:30 - 4:30 PM)


PK-2: Stephanie Biagetti, Posing Math Tasks to Target the SMP: A Look at Student Work

Prior to the conference, participants will pose math tasks to their students. The tasks are designed to target the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), specifically those associated with sense-making, perseverance, constructing arguments, modeling, and precision in communication. Participants will bring the student work to the session where we will analyze the students' mathematical thinking and explanations. We will focus on how to further develop these SMP through instruction and problem posing.

FULL 3-5: Sara Moore, Understanding Fractions with Multiple Models

Join this session to experience a number of models which help students
understand fractions more fully.  When are number line models most
appropriate?  When might you use area models like circles or squares? What about less traditional models such as Cuisenaire Rods, tangrams, or pattern blocks? Experience activities which use a range of models and see how the models can support the deep conceptual understanding emphasized by CCSSM. Build a strong fraction foundation for students by using a variety of tools and models. 

FULL 6-8: Carmen Whitman and Emma Trevino, Let's Integrate: Standards for Content and Mathematical Practice

How will we teach all the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics? We need to integrate the standards for content and standards for practice when we teach mathematics in our classrooms. This session will focus on exploring middle school lessons that demonstrate the integration of content standards and standards for mathematical practice.
FULL   6-12: Annie Fetter, Strategic Uses of Technology to Promote Conceptual Understanding

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.

FULL 4-10: Cathy Humphreys, The MP's in Action: Engaging Students in Math Investigations

Mathematical investigations give students a chance to experience mathematics as an exploratory activity. In mathematical investigations, students pose their own questions about a mathematical situation and then figure out how to approach answering them. They must gather relevant information, look for patterns, make and test conjectures, and justify their conclusions. In this session, participants will engage in a mathematical investigation; then talk about the teaching issues that arise.

FULL 9-12: Ivan Cheng, How to Common-Core Your Book When Your Book Is Not Common-Cored

The challenge for teachers in transitioning to the Common Core standards is that most textbooks are not Common Core ready. In this session, we will show you how to "common-core" your textbook problems so that students can engage in the eight mathematical practices while learning important mathematics. Sample tasks will be provided, as well as links to resources for "common-coring" your textbook problems.

FULL Leadership: Mona Toncheff, Leading the Sustained Implementation of the CCSS-M

With the 2015 CCSS for mathematics assessment less than 2 years away, how can you ensure that the reality of your K-12 mathematics program is closing the gap on the student learning expectations of the CCSS? Sustained implementation of the CCSS-M requires four unwavering pursuits and this session will explore these research-affirmed expectations and leadership actions necessary for successful CCSS-M implementation. 

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