Saturday May 9 Files

Saturday Keynote: Nora Newcombe

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Thread: Manipulating Mathematical Thinking with Technology (M2T2) - Connecting with Parents
In Part 3 of this thread we will show the role parents play as critical members in our learning partnership for student success. From parent engagement sessions to classroom blogs, we will explore different ways technology can be used to link the home and school to involve parents in our learning community.
Caroline Rosenbloom
Mirela Ciobanu


Tasks, Technology, and Feedback: What Engages the Learner?
This session provides a framework for thinking about problem features that support productive engagement.
Katie Rich

Digitizing Assessment with Google Apps for Education
In this session we will share examples and explore how Google Apps for Education can be used for assessment in your classroom. Highlights of the presentation include capturing student learning in a variety of ways, diagnostic quizzes, providing descriptive feedback with text and voice, collaborative consolidation and using Google Classroom.
Marci Duncan and Emmet Mellow
Setting the Stage for Successful Inclusion
This session will assist you with developing ideas for programming in your math classroom for students with significant special education needs (e.g. autism, mild intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, communication issues, significant learning disabilities). We will share community building strategies and Universal Design for Learning which support the creation of a classroom environment that supports diverse learners and makes accessibility a part of the culture. A portion of the session time will be devoted to a round table discussion of specific scenarios from your own classroom with the purpose of brainstorming strategies to take back with you.
Amy Scales
Setting the Stage for Successful Inclusion
Patterning and Algebra from 7-9
My experiences in the grade 7/8 classroom helping students see expressions visually. Discussing the change in vocabulary across the grades into high school
Kerri Evershed
Experimenting with Mindsets for Equitable Mathematics Teaching
Teacher action research about growth mindsets and equitable mathematics teaching.
Radical Math Study Group: Indigo Esmonde, Beth Alexander, Ruthie Cowper Szamosi, Lisa Cantor

Our slides
Rethinking Mindsets, Rethinking Disabilities

Indigo Esmonde

My slides for the talk, plus the report I quoted from that reviews the literature on Mindsets.

Reasoning with Quadrilaterals using hands, eyes, and technology
Using multiple representations, and multiple supporting manipulatives, we will
present a conceptual network for the classification of quadrilaterals, accompanied
by investigations ready for classroom use. We will use paper-folding, sand pouring,
hand gestures, MIRA, and manipulation of GSP sketches in these investigations of
the pattern or hierarchy of quadrilaterals in the plane (and beyond). We will share
sketches, activity sheets and possible assessment tasks.
These approaches connect to big ideas in geometry and mathematical reasoning,
such as the essential role of symmetries, and how symmetries combine, and the
essential reasoning role of inclusive definitions in mathematics and mathematical
reasoning. The approaches also focus on the essential role of spatial reasoning in
supporting work on these topics. We will point to how spatial reasoning
strengthens connection on through multiple grades and multiple topics.
Walter Whiteley
Asuman Duatepe Paksu
sandpouring rhombus 2.jpgsandpouring rhombus 3.jpgsandpouring square 1.jpgsandpouring square 2.jpg
sandpouring rectangle 2.jpgsandpouring rectangle 1.jpg

Geometer's Sketchpad and Geogebra: a comparison
The file here is the final GSP file constructed (looking for the relationship between radius and area of a circle), together with a go at constructing Dan Meyer's nice moving square and circle
Kate Mackrell

Growth Mindsets & Struggling learners
Students often enter applied and essentials mathematics classes with the attitude, 'I can’t do math'. This session looks at strategies to build growth mindsets through a variety of teaching strategies including engaging problems and formative assessment. Low floor, high ceiling problems provide multiple entry points so all students experience success while presenting significant mathematics to challenge all students. Additionally, this session looks at how formative assessment/error analysis—unobtrusively integrated into activities—allowing the teacher to move students from confusion to understanding. See how students move from “I added because I can’t multiply,” to believing mathematics should make sense and struggling to find appropriate strategies and tools for the task.

Set It, Build It, Grow It
We said goodbye to traditional “units” in MPM1D and MPM2D and instead focused on making connections between curriculum expectations. We gave students time to exercise their brain and reflect on their learning before revisiting topics multiple times and making that muscle grow! Don’t “set it and forget it”, how about “set it, build it, and connect it”. This approach allows students to direct their learning both in breadth and depth. Big ideas are revisited multiple times to give the students opportunities to see connections and to develop deeper understanding starting with a conceptual foundation and building in procedural skills. We will share our approach as well as activities and assessment tools we have tried.
Patricia Clark, Dianne Dreef, Fiona Smith

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

Co-teaching & Collaboration in the Junior Math Classroom
Co-teaching is quickly becoming a buzzword amongst educators. What is co-teaching? How does it work? Does it improve student achievement in mathematics? Will it address the needs of Special Need students? Join our journey as a teaching team as we share various forms of collaboration and co-teaching in a one-to-one laptop environment to support student learning. This session will include web 2.0 tools (e.g. Google Docs, Class Dojos, Crowdmark) for co-planning, co-instructing and co-assessing. Practical considerations such as time and space will also be addressed.
Sandra Chow & Rhea Perreira-Foyle

Co-teaching & Collaboration in the Junior Math Classroom

Music + Math
Gregory Taylor & Michael Lieff

Using Technology to Promote Spatial Reasoning in Intermediate Math Classes

John Gibson and Sharla MacKinnon's: Using Technology to promote Spatial Reasoning in Intermediate Math ClassesMaking Math Accessible

Being an effective teacher consists of two main things: having a deep understanding of the material you’re teaching, and being able to effectively deliver your instruction to help your students learn. The latter requires differentiated instruction; varied tools when creating assessments for, as and of learning; engaging strategies and much more. However, it is difficult for teachers to always have fully interactive and engaging lessons given the time constraints. was created as a free resource for teachers (currently aimed at high school teachers, but expanding in the future), designed around the Ontario curriculum, and embedded with simulations, animations, worksheets, quizzes, labs and worksheets that are in line with the curriculum. For example, in math, demonstrating a concept via multiple strategies will lead to a deeper understanding of the material and allow students to make their own discoveries. The site is still growing, and is always encouraging contributions from teachers of ideas/resources that can help other teachers. Major defining characteristics of that sets it apart from other sites is that (1) it’s free for everyone to use (2) no registration required and (3) it is one very-convenient site with which teachers can make any subject in any grade more engaging and interactive, thus, more fun to learn. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to access the site’s features in the guided-demonstration.
Julia Ahadie
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