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NCTM11 – Achievement and the Common Core

The last NCTM session I attended was Matt Larson’s “Supporting Students’ Achievement of the ‘Common Core.’” I had initially marked this one, then after 3 CCSS sessions yesterday, debated whether to go and ended up here after the other session I had looked at was stuff I already knew. This was the best of the 4 Common Core sessions I attended because I felt he gave us things we could look at on a district level. The other three sessions I attended gave suggestions but they were things that were out of my and my district’s control. Larson spoke quickly, but he did give us his email at the end of the session to get his powerpoint. I have uploaded it to my here. Once again, these are my notes from the session and they are somewhat scattered because of the amount of material and the speed he spoke. Research tells us about a challenging curriculum that the keys are A^2 – […]

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NCTM11 – Common Core

I went to three different sessions today about Common Core.  Two of the three sessions I was at were packed solid – the third was in Hall F and wasn’t anywhere near as packed. This is definitely one of the things teachers want to know about this year – or at least it seems that way by the attendance at sessions on Common Core. I started off at Learning Progressions and the Common Core State Standards that was done by Bradford Findell of the Ohio Department of Education. Of the three sessions, this was the one I got the least out of and I left it early to head to stop at the exhibits before heading to see Arne Duncan speak. Friday was my most solid day of sessions. Most of what Findell talked about I already knew – he reviewed the nomenclature and organziation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS – which corrected to CUSS the first time I tweeted […]

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NCTM11 – Differentiating the Math Classroom to Engage All Students

First session Friday morning bright and early at 8 am was New Perspectives: Differentiating the Math Classroom to Engage All Studentss by Nanci Smith. All of her files are found here and the relevant ones are NCTM, Profile Assessments for Cards, Profile Assessment Word, Observation Forms, and Kid Friendly. Nanci was the first (and only one at this point) speaker to immediately give us a website where her information from today’s presentation was. So far, everyone else has either had packets, given an email to request electronic form of said packet or not given any information except maybe an email at some point during the presentation.  Last night we were lamenting that NCTM really needs to get with the times and have presenters have information available to attendees electronically. But, I digress… These are my notes from Nanci’s presentation this morning. I highly recommend you go to her website and look at her NCTM file. She had an hour and stuck […]

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NCTM11 – Supporting Productive Struggling

My 2nd Session (Thursday) was done by Susan May and Kathi Cook from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas (Austin). I also met up with @Fouss and @Sarah_IC – all three of us had it on our list.  I chose this one because I have lower level students who do struggle and I don’t want them to give up so easily. Website with more information – in progress, presentation and handouts will be there eventually. The first part of the session was spent talking about what persistence is, what characteristics persistent students have and the importance of it. The second part of the session was talking about some of the mechanics (for lack of a better word) of how to get there. Bascially, they chose to focus on Algebra 1 because it is the course that creates the greatest angst – there are two transitions occurring at that time: the transition from Middle School to High […]

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NCTM11 – Teaching for Reasoning and Sense Making

The first session I attended at NCTM was “Teaching for Reasoning and Sense Making: How Does it Work?” and Fred Dillon, Jenny Salls, and Christine Thomas were the presenters.  I have seen Fred Dillon before and that was part of the reason I chose the session. The other reason I chose it was because the title intrigued me. The pdf of the slides for this session can be found here. Basically what reasoning and sense making does is puts the mathematical skills into practice.  It fits right in with Race to the Top and the Common Core  practices.  I think I remember Fred saying that this really fits in with the first one on the list. We proceeded to work through a problem about fish dying off in a lake and the lake being restocked each year and we were to figure out how many fish were in the lake at the start of the 2nd, 3rd, and 10th years […]

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