CMC North Conference

Diamond Jubilee: Celebrating 60 Years of Community, Leadership and Innovation in Mathematics
December 1 – 3, 2017

Pacific Grove, CA 

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2017 Keynote Speakers

Friday Night Keynote Speaker (7:30-9:00 pm)

Jo Boaler, YouCubed, Stanford University

Teaching Mindset Mathematics Through Open, Creative Mathematics and Brian Science Messages

We are in the midst of a revolution, in the science of the brain and learning. New knowledge from brain science is showing a clear path for mathematics learning, that is both exciting and inspiring for teachers. In recent years scientific studies have also demonstrated that student and teacher ‘mindsets’ have a profound impact on learning. So what does mathematics teaching look like when it takes account of brain science and mindset research? It is open, creative, visual and it encourages brain connections through multi-modal representations of knowledge. In this session we will think about ways to teach mindset mathematics, K-16, and look at videos of students who have learned in these ways. We will consider what mathematics can be and look like when it is open, creative and beautiful.

Sunday Morning Keynote Speakers

Harold Asturias, Lawrence Hall of Science


Alan Schoenfeld, UC Berkeley

What have we learned over the past 60 years, and where might we be going? A biased history and a view of what counts in mathematics teaching and learning

I went to school in the prehistoric era, then witnessed the new math, back to basics, problem solving, the standards, math wars, common core… Is there progress? You bet! We now know what to do to create powerful learning environments, a.k.a. “Teaching for Robust Understanding,” and my goal is to get us all there.

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


Session A: Prek – 3, Shalek Chappill-Nichols

Superhero Math Style

In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use the superhero movement to engage in STEAM ideas and positive social emotional thinking. Teachers will gain techniques on how to create a project-based learning lesson using design challenge steps, 21st Century thinking and hands-on math activities. Empower students to become creative “lil’ heroes.”

Session B: Grades 3 – 5, Perrin Phillips

Launching Math Workshop in Your Classroom

How can we give students the opportunity to practice explaining their thinking every day? Through Math Workshop, students work collaboratively, shift the classroom culture, while allowing students to go deeper with the Common Core Matrix of Word Problems. Come and learn how to launch Math Workshop, step by step. Using a practical, student centered approach, participants will apply what they already know from Writer’s Workshop to Math Workshop!

Session C: Grades 6-8, Beth Baker

Student Teamwork Strategies

Anyone can put students in groups, but how do we get them to focus on the math instead of each other? Motivation, organization, accountability, and specific strategies can all be used to increase mathematical discourse and reduce the distractions inherent in group work. We will model the components of an effective group work lesson and take some time to tailor them to participants’ individual teaching environments. Gather resources and experiences at the conference to deploy on Monday!

Session D: Grades 6-8 , Harold Asturias, Emma Trevino, Carmen Whitman

Maker Projects: Activating Students’ Agency, Authority, and Identity

How can we activate students’ interest and curious minds in ways that ignite persistent engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning, inquiry, and innovation? How do Maker projects and lesson study promote a deeper understanding of the role that students’ mathematical agency, authority, and identity (AAI) play in the classroom? Learn how we’ve been working with K-8 teachers to connect Maker projects with formal mathematics lessons. Also, we will discuss how to create powerful mathematics classrooms where students develop robust understanding of the concepts they are learning and the academic language to communicate their reasoning.

Session E: Grades 8 – 12, Chris Shore

The Clothesline Grows Up: Functions on the Number Line

The Clothesline is popularly being used to teach conceptual understanding of algebraic expressions and equations, geometric relationships and statistics. Now experience functions like you never have… on an open number line. Learn how this manipulable tool reveals to students the critical aspects of successfully evaluating and graphing functions.

Session F: Grades 8 – 12, Eli Luberoff

Designing Effective Digital Activities

The digital medium brings new power and affordances to lesson design. It also brings new constraints. In this session, we’ll begin by taking a survey of the wealth of free technology for building digital activities — from Google Docs and Forms to Nearpod, Peardeck, Socrative, Kahoot, and Desmos Activity Builder. We’ll look at the design principles for building effective digital activities, and will then apply them while designing and building activities in groups.

Session G: Grades 8 – 12, Karim Ani

Lesson Modeling, Mathalicious

Let’s roll up our sleeves and do some math. As a group, we’ll explore two lessons in their entirety and debate interesting real-world questions. Attendees will choose the topics. Options will include: Does Facebook leave us more or less connected? Should baseball stadiums be standardized? Is it fair to tip as a percent? What are some pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage? Why haven’t humans gone extinct?