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We are a professional organization of mathematics teachers in Cambria, Blair, Bedford, Somerset, Huntingdon, and Fulton counties, and we are an affiliate group of the National and Pennsylvania Councils of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM and PCTM).
The LHMA sponsors the annual PA Statistics Poster Competition and includes members of the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The purpose of this alliance is:
A recent assessment of mathematics performance around the world ranked the United States twenty-eighth out of forty countries in the study. When the level of spending was taken into account, we sank to the very bottom of the list. We are falling rapidly behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to math education-and the consequences are dire.In this straightforward and inspiring book, Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford for nine years, outlines concrete solutions that can change things for the better, including classroom approaches, essential strategies for students, and advice for parents. This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the mathematical and scientific future of our country.
About the Author
Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University. She was formerly the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex in England and a classroom teacher in London and California. She is a regular contributor to national television and radio in the United Statesand the U.K., and her research has appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Wall StreetJournal and TheTimes (London). She lives in Palo Alto, California.
" Parents and educators alike will count this book an inspiring resource."-Publishers Weekly" Highly accessible and enjoyable for readers who love and loathe math."-Booklist
Saturday March 22, 2014, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown
Directions, Parking, and Campus Map: Attendees may park in either the Faculty/Staff or Student parking lots adjacent to Biddle Hall. No tags needed on the weekend.
Download the printable 2014 LHMA conference agenda
Problem Solving with the Game of NIM by Dr. Dave Kennedy, Shippensburg University
The game of NIM was played in ancient China and survives to this day. We’ll learn to play two versions of NIM, discuss strategies, and then analyze the game mathematically, which involves pattern recognition and whole-number multiplication and subtraction. Finally, we’ll receive a visit from the mysterious Dr. Nim!
Exploring NCTM’s Core Math Tools by Dr. Mary Lou Metz, Indiana University of PA
Explore NCTM’s FREE interactive tools for mathematics. Activities using the tools will be demonstrated. To engage in the activities, download the tools to your laptop prior to the session; www.nctm.org
Math Teachers to the Core: Are We Ready for This? by Dr. Steve Williams, Lock Haven University
CCSSM: Teaching to the Common Core requires deep knowledge of the math we are teaching. Three of my “new favorite problems” will be examined to help teachers become more competent in the era of the Common Core
The Successes and Challenges of Co-Teaching in the General Mathematics Classroom by Anna Balouris and Fran Augenstein, Foot of Ten Elementary (Hollidaysburg Area School District); Kelly George and Tracy Buterbaugh, Indiana Area Junior High School (Indiana Area School District)
Pairs of teachers will share their experiences and lead a roundtable discussion on the successes and challenges of co-teaching in today’s general mathematics classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials or ideas that they've developed as well as questions for taking part in this discussion.
Improving Instructional Systems and Supports to Accelerate Learning and Close the Arithmetic to Algebra Gap (A2AG) for Students with Disabilitiesby Dr. Paul J. Riccomini, The Pennsylvania State University
The purpose of this Keynote session is to identify the core principles of effective mathematics programs focusing primarily on the importance of curricula and instructional supports that can help accelerate learning and significantly narrow the achievement gap now referred to as the Arithmetic to Algebra Gap (A2AG). Educators are seeking guidance on how best to teach students with disabilities and disadvantaged students who have traditionally struggled in the area of mathematics. The session will highlight the challenges of increasing achievement in mathematics and steps Educators, School-based Leaders, District Leaders, and State Leaders can take to respond accordingly. Drs. Witzel and Riccomini draw upon the most currently available research-based evidence for teaching mathematics to students with disabilities.
Keynote Session Highlights
Keynote Speaker Bio: Dr. Paul J. Riccomini, The Pennsylvania State University
An experienced classroom teacher, author, mathematician, and leading special education expert, Dr. Paul J. Riccomini has taught mathematics to both general and special education students in inclusive settings in grades 7-12th. He is co-author of the bestselling Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2010) and recently released Developing Number Sense through the Common Core (Corwin, 2013). Paul is an Associate Professor of education at The Pennsylvania State University. His teaching experiences required him to have both a strong content knowledge in mathematics and to develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with both general and special educators. Paul's dynamic presentations offer research-validated practices that focus on the development of improved instructional practices for all students, but especially students with learning disabilities. Paul can be followed on Twitter @pjr146. More information can be found at: Paul Riccomini
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