2018 Winter Conference

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Join us for the 2018 WINTER CONFERENCE entitled “Fostering Growth Mindsets in Every Math Classroom: Creating Productive Learning Environments.”

When? February 7, 2018 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Where? Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 390 Forsgate Drive, Monroe Township, NJ

Who should register? K-12 and Higher Ed math educators, pre-service teachers, administrators and math lovers who strive to make math education more meaningful and engaging in every math classroom.


Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to the availability of our volunteer speakers. Any changes to the program will be posted here.

 

Grade Level Session 1: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Location
K-2 Balancing Equations in the Primary Grades Balancing equations is perhaps one of the most challenging concepts we are responsible for in the early grades. We will explore activities and strategies that will make the concept accessible for all learners.
Presenter: Heidi Bromley, Questar III; New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors
Mercer
K-8 Strategies to Foster a Growth-Mindset in a Classroom Growth-Mindset is quickly becoming the new buzzword in education. In this session, you will be introduced to Class Dojo’s engaging video series and activities that promote a growth mindset, and can be used immediately in your classroom! In addition to these resources, we will look at other videos and resources for an older audience. Together we will practice specific-positive feedback to praise the effort, strategies, focus, perseverance, and improvement of others through a hands-on activity.
Presenter: Kristy Perna, Livingston High School
Middlesex
3-8 Creating Independence for the Struggling Learners In this workshop, you will have the chance to explore strategies and resources that will allow all your students, yes even those who struggle, to work independently and succeed in the math classroom.
Presenters: Judy Doslik, Lora Petersen, Readington Twp Public Schools
Windsor
6-8 Helping Students Succeed in Algebra through Manipulatives Do your students struggle with algebraic concepts? Discover how manipulatives can be used to help your students understand algebraic concepts such as integer operations, solving equations, polynomial expressions, and graphing.
Presenter: Kevin Dykema, Mattawan Consolidated Schools
Forsgate
6-12 Effective Ways to Use Desmos in the Math Classroom In this presentation, we will discuss how to use the Desmos graphing calculator, activity builder, and applets in high school math classes. We will explore tools and teacher guides, and demonstrate how to use previously created activities. We will also talk about how using Desmos can help students learn actively and understand mathematics visually. We will show how to create the activities and discuss the experience of using Desmos activities in the math classroom especially for algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, and calculus.
Presenter: Kara Teehan, Middletown Township
Princeton
6-12 Math Leadership-Changing Pathways 2 Success An interactive approach to exploring 6-12 Math sequencing for Math leaders. Have you wondered if all students should learn Algebra in Middle school? Does Geometry come before Algebra 2 or after? Come join me in exploring Math pathways for success!
Presenter: Jennifer Goforth, Montclair Public Schools
Kingston
6-12,
Higher Education
Patterns, Puzzles and Magic to Foster Engagement Mathematics needs to engage students and promote meaningful discourse. In this hands-on session, we focus on solving rich problems involving algebra, geometry, pre-calculus and discrete mathematics that yield meaningful patterns that are fun and yield unexpected and somewhat surprising results that culminate in aha moments. Please join us in our magical journey.
Presenter: Jay Schiffman, Rowan University
Brunswick
8-12 Student Video Projects that Promote Mathematical Modeling in the Classroom During this session, the presenter will share projects that help students’ conceptual understanding of linear functions and how these functions are used in real world applications. Participants will take home a lesson plan, which is designed for other functions as well. This activity incorporates mathematics (algebra), science, and technology.
Presenter: Dianna M. Sopala, AMTNJ Past President & Northern Valley District
Cranbury
9-12 ePortfolios & Habits of Mind Combining habits of mind and graduation portfolios into student created ePortfolios.
Presenters: Carly Toth and StephanieRobotin, Hunterdon Central Regional High School
Nassau

Grade Level Session 2: 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Location
K-5 Number Talks and Learning Progressions Understand how Number Talks can change your teaching! This session will help you understand the structure of a Number Talk and the K-5 techniques for developing a foundational number sense and ability to think flexibly with numbers. Together, we will explore K-5 learning progressions that will provide teachers with developmental strategies to help plan Number Talks throughout the year!
Presenters: Dominique Paladino and MJ Wieland, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
Mercer
3-8 Using Engaging Activities to Move Students Along the Continuum Did you ever feel like your students weren’t ready to learn the skills you are supposed to teach? This session will explore ways to identify where your students are in relation to standards progressions and provide a variety of resources to meet their needs.
Presenter: Betty Napoli, Galloway Township Public Schools
Middlesex
6-8 Using Math Workshop to Address the Needs of All Learners As challenging as our standards are, the work of teaching to bring classrooms of unique learners towards these goals is even more so. Using a workshop model with a variety of activities can assure that all students are engaged and actively learning in our classrooms as they ascend through the curriculum.
Presenters: Allyson Greenstein and Devan Green, Morris School District
Forsgate
6-12, Higher Education Where Am I Ever Going to Use This Stuff? We will talk about using real life applications of mathematics to engage students in middle and high school. Some of the applications include divisibility and error detecting codes, prime numbers and internet security, applications of conic sections, and others.
Presenter: Robert Rogers, SUNY Fredonia
Cranbury
6-12 Using Dialogue Journals to Support Rich Math Discourse Dialogue Journals (DJs) are an engaging way to get students thinking and communicating like mathematicians. You will engage in the DJ process to collaborate to solve complex problems and then learn how to use DJs to create discourse-rich math classes.
Presenter: Jill Perry, Rowan University
Windsor
9-12 Computational Geometry: A Gentle Introduction Some geometry problems require algorithms or other mathematics to solve them. In this session we will explore two examples for high school: the Art Gallery problem, which places guards or cameras at vertices of polygons; and the Facility Location problem, which calculates the best location for new facilities like restaurants and hospitals.
Presenter: Chuck Biehl, HS Math Consultant
Princeton
9-12 Advanced Algebra with Finance-A 3rd/4th Year Math Course Selected topics from Algebra 2, probability, statistics, trigonometry, geometry and precalculus are used to cover banking, credit, income taxes, auto insurance, investments, mortgages, budgeting, and more, with only an algebra 1 prerequisite.
Presenter: Robert Gerver, North Shore High School, Retired
Kingston
9-12,
Higher Education
Alternative Assessments Using Green Globs and the Desmos Calculator Learn about two major High School Projects that will transform your students and help them to learn and to understand what they are doing. There is a “huge” difference between “Doing” mathematics and “Understanding” mathematics. Come learn how to make that happen. If possible, bring your laptop or smart device to begin to experience this for yourself.
Presenter: Neil D. Cooperman, Millburn High School
Nassau
K-12 Growth Through Online Formative Assessment Formative assessment tools allow students to monitor their own learning and work at their own pace. Discover online tools that can be used in class or at home to foster student growth.
Presenter: Shira Brown, West Morris Mendham High School
Brunswick

 

Grade Level Session 3: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Location
ALL
Keynote Speaker
Dan Meyer, Chief Academic Officer at Desmos
Full Stack Teaching Two teachers can take the same idea for a lesson and experience vastly different results in class. This is often because one teacher taught from the full “stack” of questions and the other taught from just part of it. We’ll look at the contents of that stack and learn how to put the full stack of questions to work in your classes.
Grand Ballroom

 

All Lunch & Vendors: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Grand Ballroom

Grade Level Session 4: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location
K-2 Fraction Foundations Fractions are fundamental in mathematics, the initial understanding starting in the primary grades. Let’s create ways to provide building blocks that will sustain our students through fractional work that starts in 3rd grade and intensifies from there.
Presenter: Heidi Bromley, Questar III; NYSAMS
Mercer
K-8 Math Rocks! “Math Rocks!” is a unique and engaging way of connecting math and music in a live, multimedia performance. Classic rock songs are paired with original lyrics and PowerPoint slide shows to present and explain concepts ranging from basic counting to algebra.
Presenters: Anne Bercaw and Gary Hank, Lopatcong School District
Kingston
3-8 Building Confidence and Fostering Mathematical Discourse Through Open-Ended Questions Learn engaging ways to promote student participation and build confidence. This session will explore resources designed to get student talking and thinking about mathematics all without the fear of failing! Walk away with a collection of materials and tricks that are easy to implement, fun to use, and can be scaffolded to all levels!
Presenter: Callie Campbell, Link Community Charter School
Princeton
6-8 Be WISE: Wonder, Investigate, Study, Extend Routines support the non-routine! Promote students belief in their own ability to learn math with routines that inspire middle schoolers to take the lead in classroom conversations and construct ideas that last.
Presenter: Cheryl Kaplun, Kent Place School
Brunswick
6-12 Image is Everything Engage student learning of transformations through the spirit of Swiss educator Pestalozzi: Head, Heart, and Hand. “Ready to launch” classroom activities that will intrigue students to understand how to perform transformations, and then to connect these geometric ideas to art, cryptography, and medical glyphs.
Presenter: Frances Chin, Clifton High School
Forsgate
6-12 Charge Up Your Classes with Free Desmos Technology Charge up your STEM classes with the Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder. The presenter will show you how the calculator can be used for both teacher demos and student problem-solving. Use movable points, dynamic sliders, quick regression and more to help your students make sense of math and science. Then learn how the Desmos Activity Builder can help you create dynamic activities as well as use pre-built activities from Desmos itself and its user community. Bring a laptop or tablet to participate, or just observe!
Presenter: Dan Meyer, Desmos
Cranbury
6-12,
Higher Education
Teaching to the Whole Child Participants will discuss best practices to increase student learning. Emphasis on using age appropriate humor, making all students feel welcome in your classroom, and using seating arrangements to lower student anxiety.
Presenter: Ana Woolsoncroft, Willingboro School District, Mercer County College
Windsor
9-12,
Higher Education
Re-Designing the PreCalc-Calc 3 Arc Reflectively This session will demonstrate a vertical curriculum re-alignment that promotes achieving learning outcomes and information retention through student reflections and daily foundational questions.
Presenters: Michal Matthew and Kenneth Horwitz, NJIT
Nassau
K-12 Developing Growth Mindset with New Teachers A significant amount of research has revealed the impact of mindset on student achievement. The School District of the Chathams redesigned their new teacher orientation program to focus on the essential question: “How does mindset affect student learning?” The presentation will focus on the content and structure of the program, teacher’s reflections related to mindset as well as what the district learned while implementing the program.
Presenters: Kathleen O’Connor and Sean Devine, School District of the Chathams
Middlesex

Grade Level Session 5: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Location
K-2 Mathematical Discourse and Problem Solving What is productive struggle in mathematics? Why and how should we allow our students to struggle? Can children learn from an incorrect answer? Do you prepare for student mistakes? Join us as we explore various ways to foster an environment of productive struggle in your school and classroom. Productive struggle should not be looked at as a frustration but more about doing and trying something new.
Presenters: Meghann Cavanagh and Joy Daniels, Long Branch Public Schools
Mercer
3-5 Why Does it Work? Operations with Fractions In this session we will focus on the understanding of operations with fractions, including deep knowledge of why computation procedures work. We will use a variety of contexts and models, and will also analyze common misconceptions and inappropriate strategies students use to solve fraction problems.
Presenter: Irina Lyublinskaya, College of Staten Island
Middlesex
3-12,
Higher Education
Extensions and Apps to Increase Use of Technology and Collaborative Learning in the Math Classroom This session will provide you with easy ways to grade assignments and provide formative feedback with free digital tools. We will share how to create a positive & collaborative learning experience in your classroom and allow for easier presentation of material.
Presenters: Amy Arsiwala and Mike Chemris, Franklin Township Public Schools
Princeton
6-8 Finding Area Through Pick’s Theorem Using Pick’s Theorem is a wonderful way to combine graphing on the coordinate plane, finding areas of polygons and working with slope.
Presenter: Anita Schuloff, Paramus Catholic High School (Retired)
Windsor
6-12,
Higher Education
Improving Math Skills and Confidence by Paying Attention to Detail Students can refine their thinking and improve their mindset by carefully focusing on the details of the question and being fully present and in the moment. Multiple choice exams like state tests, Regents and SAT/ACT provide learning opportunities through the compare/contrast of the possible answers. Studying these multiple choice options and identifying potential errors leads to deeper comprehension, higher confidence and better grades while improving problem-solving skills. Participants will receive a collection of excellent questions with ‘learning opportunities’.
Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Math Confidence / College of Mt. St. Vincent
Brunswick
6 – 12 Pennies, Pillars, Pizzas, Polynomials & Probability Stand in line and let coin flips lead us forward or back. Walk away with a series of lessons that inspire students’ belief in the power of their own questions to learn probability, statistics, and algebra in grades 6-8 and beyond.
Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi, Kent Place School
Nassau
9-12 The Status Quo in High School Mathematics Is Unacceptable Today, it seems as if nearly everyone agrees that high school mathematics needs to change. For far too long high school mathematics has not worked for far too many students. High school mathematics has not changed substantially in my lifetime, nor has it changed substantially for most students, teachers & schools. It is clearly an issue—and it is time to discuss and make serious changes.
Presenter: Eric Milou, Rowan University & AMTNJ Past President
Cranbury
9-12 Building Bridges in Math Class For the past 10 years I have been teaching secondary math classes with the theme of “Building Bridges.” When I introduce myself and my passion for bridges, I establish the expectations for the class for the year. The year-long theme creates an atmosphere that stimulates discussion and increases student engagement in learning. Building bridges has transformed my classes into collaborative learning communities. The session will also highlight some “good problems” that illustrate “big ideas” in mathematics to start building bridges with content.
Presenter: Kathleen Carter, North Hunterdon HS
Forsgate
K-12 Creating a More Equitable Mathematics Classroom In this session, participants will consider how individual students and groups of students may be experiencing math class. The discussion will touch on some important themes in the mathematics and social justice literature, and specific classroom activities and norms will be highlighted. Issues that will be discussed include tracking, labeling, classroom environment, language, and opportunity contexts.
Presenter: Mark Russo, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
Kingston

 

CLOSING SESSION & DOOR PRIZES!
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

 

For more information contact Jelena Komitas at lenakomitas2@gmail.com.