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1st Annual Mathematics Educator Mini-Conference

Event Details

Start Date:  March 23, 2014

Saturday March 23, 2013, 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.

See http://francis.edu/lhma for more details.

Mathematics Educator Mini-Conference
Time Event Location Description
8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION Biddle Hall Lobby Please submit the Laurel Highlands Math Alliance (LHMA) Mini-Conference Registration & Membership Form if you plan on attending. No registration on the day of event.
9:00-10:15 CONCURRENT SESSIONS Biddle Hall

Session A (elementary):

Why Struggle is Okay, Reflection is Required, and Tasks are Key in the Elementary Classroom by Dr. James Preston, Slippery Rock University In this session, participants will see how struggling students can be a positive part of the elementary mathematics classroom. We will discuss the connection between struggle and reflection. Finally, participants will experience tasks that promote both struggle and reflection.

Session B (middle level):

Implementing the Core Math Tools into the Middle School Classroom by Dr. Mary Lou Metz, Indiana University of PA

Participants will be introduced to Core Math Tools from NCTM, a FREE downloadable set of interactive software tools for algebra, geometry, and statistics. Focus will be on using the tools in teaching middle school mathematics.

Session C (secondary):

Aligning Curriculum and Preparing Students for Eligible Content on the Keystone Algebra I Exam by Mrs. Becky Piscitella, Richland High School; Mrs. Lori Sidelinger, Chestnut Ridge High School and Mr. Jade Zatek, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Teachers from two school districts will share their experiences and lead a roundtable discussion on preparation of students for this new test and how to alter curriculum to meet the eligible content. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials or ideas that they've developed as well for sharing in this discussion.

Session D (special ed.):

Math-U-See as a Tier 3 Core Replacement Curriculum by Mr. Bill Coder, Math-U-See

Math-U-See has spent over 20 years using a multi-sensory approach to help students in small group learning environments achieve success in understanding whole math concepts. Math-U-See is a complete K-12 program that may function as a Tier 3 Core Replacement Curriculum. Today's workshop will show you why one school district saw 100% test score improvement each year* and how you may implement the Math-U-See methodology in your special education classroom to help your students have success in math. *Results not typical, does not imply guarantee same results

10:30-11:15 BRUNCH Student Union, Cambria Room  
11:15-12:00 FEATURE SPEAKER: Student Union, Cambria Room

Don’t Be So Symbol-Minded: Problem Solving, Reasoning, and Sense Making in the Core Standards Environment by Jim Rubillo, Executive Director (2001 -2009), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Do you view the emerging standards as just another set of words and catch phrases? Will educators finally come to grips with the meaning of the oft- stated buzz-word, “problem solving? This address will explore intriguing situations that highlight situations that incorporate reasoning and problem solving into the curriculum on a daily basis.


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