Thursday 2017 Two-Day


 


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7:00 AM – 7:30 AM

1. First Timers’ Session

  • An orientation for the program booklet and the conference.
  • Makoto Yoshida, AMTNJ President, East West Math, LLC
  • Conference Room B

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Thursday Breakfast Function Sponsored by Texas Instruments TICKET REQUIRED. Cost of ticket: $10.
2. Services from TI to Address Teaching, Learning and Assessment Needs

  • General
  • Mathematics Educators at all levels are often surprised to learn of the wide range of complimentary services from TI designed to support and enhance effective teaching, learning and assessment practices. We will review how educators and administrators alike can access those services for the benefit of all students.
  • Jim Donatelli, Texas Instruments
  • Conference Room C/D

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

3. State of the Union for New Jersey Mathematics Standards and Curriculum

  • General Interest
  • This session will highlight the role and critical work in Mathematics of the NJDOE’s Office of Academics for 2017–2018. This session will highlight particular standards and mathematical concepts within the New Jersey Learning Standards, offer perspectives on coherence and progressions within the NJSLS-M, and frame our focus on program evaluation and critical consumerism. Additionally, we will share any future plans for any NJDOE sponsored math leadership seminars, as well as any resources or professional development opportunities focused on standards, curriculum, and local assessment.
  • Deidre Richardson, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Auditorium

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

4. How Do We Dance Together?

  • General Interest
  • Participants will learn how to work collaboratively in an inclusion classroom. Julie Norflus-Good, Ramapo College
  • Gallery

5. The Basics of Using SMART Board’s Notebook Software

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • It is fun and easy to make creative and informative lessons. Tips for setting up tool bars, changing defaults, and adding powerful new tools. Save your pictures, backgrounds, lesson activities and notebook pages for easy access in “My Content”. Customize user-generated lessons from the SMART Exchange.
  • Linda Treilman, Mercer County Community College
  • Conference Room E

6. Discovering Geometry: Using Patty Paper to Deepen Conceptual Understanding

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • During this hands on workshop, we will investigate concepts from vertical angles, to properties of transformations, to discovering triangle proofs! We will explore ways to enhance student conceptual understanding of these topics in your classroom, through the use of patty paper.
  • Stephanie Sheehan, Port Richmond High School
  • Conference Room F

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

7. K-2 Number Bonds: A “Game-Changer” for our Youngest Mathematicians

  • K – 2
  • This simple part/whole model is changing the way students interact with numbers. Come practice the importance of composing and decomposing numbers, making and taking from ten, and working with “friendly” numbers. The structural foundation we lay at Grades K-2 undoubtedly impacts the way students solve problems later on.
  • MaryJo Wieland & Dominique Paladino, Pascack Valley Regional School District
  • Conference Room A

8. Making Fractional Linear Equations Concrete

  • 6 – 8
  • In this workshop I will be demonstrating Hands-On Equations Fractions, a new program developed by Dr. Henry Borenson, to provide a concrete introduction to fractional linear equations to students in grades 5 and up. Each participant will receive a student kit of manipulatives.
  • Mary Geschel, Borenson and Associates, Inc.
  • Conference Room B

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

9. Advancing Algebra Project

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • A discussion of the work of the Advancing Algebra Committee convened in the Spring of 2107. Benchmark units and rubrics will be discussed, among other topics.
  • Deidre Richardson, New Jersey Department of Education, and April Morgan, Long Branch Public Schools
  • Auditorium

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

10. Modeling and Technology in the Secondary Mathematics Classroom

  • 9 – 12
  • Tom Shown works as a High School Mathematics teacher for the West Deptford Township Schools Alternative Program. He will be sharing strategies and resources to develop students’ mathematical thinking through 3-act lessons, Desmos, and rich problem solving opportunities.
  • Thomas Shown, West Deptford Township Schools
  • Gallery

11. Positive Math Mindsets: Encouraging SelfDirected Learning

  • 3 – 5
  • Joseph is a fifth grade math teacher with a gamified classroom. Sera is a third and fourth grade math teacher at an independent Montessori school. In this workshop, we will facilitate discussion about Mathematics Mindsets. Autonomous students tend to be self-motivated and classroom culture and organization are key components in helping them to be successful. We will share our unique perspectives and experiences in order to have teachers reflect on their own class environment. Joseph Capriotti, Byram Township Board of Education, Sara Capriotti, The Red Oaks School
  • Conference Room E

12. Hands-On Algebra and Graphing Calculator

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • This session will focus on a variety of activities that are both hands-on and technology based. Participants will take the role of a student to explore and experience interactive learning. Participants will work in a group and utilize a TI-84 CE as well as manipulatives.
  • Holly Terril, T3 Regional Instructor
  • Conference Room F

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

13. Effective Practices that Support Growth in Student Acheivement

  • General Interest
  • Presenters will highlight research based best practices in Mathematics that have demonstrated growth in assessment data. Participants will experience real classroom strategies that have a strong impact on student achievement. Tina Powell, Daniel Ramirez, Asale Harris, Mengli ChiLiu, Min Kim, Belinda Koloska, & Farjana Rahman, Orange Public Schools
  • Conference Room C

14. Problem Solving Activities Articulating the Practice of Constructing Viable Arguments

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • Rich problem solving activities serve to articulate the eight Standards For Mathematical Practice alluded to in The Common Core document. This hands-on workshop will encompass many of these practices including the construction of viable arguments. Problems are selected from number, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus and discrete mathematics.
  • Jay Schiffman, Rowan Univeristy
  • Conference Room D

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

15. Asking the Right Question

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • Promoting mathematical discourse in your classroom is one of the best ways to impact student learning! It all starts with the right questions. In this workshop, we will look at the purpose of different questions. We will study different types of questions and we will ask each other some questions to encourage mathematical conversations.
  • Andrea Bean, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
  • Amphitheater

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

16. Strategies and Tasks to Build Procedural Fluency from Concept

  • 3-5, 6-8
  • Procedural fluency–skill in carrying out arithmetic and algebraic procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately—is an important component of mathematical proficiency. Yet, many students fail to develop such fluency despite our best efforts. Connecting procedures to underlying concepts is essential for building fluency. This session answers the questions: “What tasks and strategies help students build fluency from conceptual understanding?” and “What common pitfalls should I avoid?”
  • Dr. Diane Briars, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Conference Room A

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

17. Challenges in Mathematics Education: A Call to Action

  • General Interest
  • My annual address on the challenges we face in mathematics education, potential solutions and the politics of education in NJ.
  • Eric Milou, Rowan University
  • Auditorium

18. Mathematical Mindset: Supporting Students to Persevere through Complex Tasks

  • General Interest
  • Can students develop a growth mindset? Based on the work of Dweck and Boaler, learn how to shift grades and use assessments for a tool for growth. The session will showcase instructional and assessment practices to encourage a growth mindset.
  • Dominique Paladino & MaryJo Wieland, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
  • Gallery

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

19. Get Published! Share That Idea!

  • General Interest
  • Editors of the AMTNJ Journal will discuss the simple guidelines and requirements for publication in the journal. Share a favorite strategy or a new idea. Get published. Enhance your resume!
  • James Clayton, Saint Peter’s University
  • Conference Room B

20. Fractals and Honors: Perfect Together

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • In this session, the presenter will describe her experiences in teaching fractal geometry and infinity concepts in the Honors Program. High cognitive demand activities that integrate algebra, calculus, and geometry topics in grades 6-14, while promoting conceptual understanding and supporting student engagement in meaningful mathematical experiences, will be shared.
  • Eliza Leszczynski, Montclair State University
  • Conference Room E

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

21. Teaching Mathematics Modeling and Modeling Mathematics in PRISMS

  • 9 – 12, Teacher Educators
  • This presentation focuses on how we incorporate mathematical modeling elements into our daily teaching process and develop students’ modeling capability in an extra-curricular activity in Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science (PRISMS). Evidence suggests our approaches engage students more closely, and improve their modeling success more effectively.
  • Xiang Gong & Qiusheng Li, Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science
  • Conference Room F

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

22. Inclusion and the Growth Mindset for Successful Classroom Instruction

  • PK – 2, 3 – 5
  • Attendees will walk away with strategies and technology tools to implement this model. Using this approach will help foster collaboration among special education and general education learners. Classrooms will cultivate natural inclusion. All students have a sense of belonging and support.
  • Kristin Vona, Christine Picerno, Kevin Ruane & Jon Molinelli, Township of Ocean School District
  • Conference Room C

23. A Practical Approach to Mathematical Modeling in the Middle School Classroom

  • 3 – 5, 6 – 8
  • Join this session to hear how one teacher tries to find time for engaging, challenging, and fun math problems in his classroom. Tom Shown is a 6th grade math teacher at West Deptford Middle School. He will be sharing strategies and resources to develop students’ mathematical thinking through 3-act lessons and rich problem solving opportunities.
  • Thomas Shown & Kelley Mason, West Deptford Township Schools
  • Conference Room D

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

24. How Do You Get Your Students Talking Mathematically?

  • PK – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8
  • Participants in this session will learn how to jump-start rich student discourse and increase collaboration in K–8 math classrooms. They will explore conversation starters, meaningful questions, and the four operations to gain insight into their instructional process and students’ learning processes.
  • Ellen Edmonds, William H. Sadlier, Inc.
  • Auditorium

25. Developing Algebraic Reasoning with Microsoft Excel

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12
  • In this session we will explore how Microsoft Excel can be utilized in middle school and high school mathematics classes. Concepts will include functions, sequences and series, multiple representations, and statistics.
  • Mark Russo, Pascack Valley Regional High School District
  • Amphitheater

26. Lesson Study as a Professional Learning Model for Sharing Math Teaching Knowledge

  • Teacher Educators, School Administrators
  • NJ supports implementation of high-quality professional learning communities. Lesson Study is an example of a highly developed PLC used by educators in the U.S. and internationally. Somerset Hills educators will explain how middle school math teachers are practicing Lesson Study to improve content knowledge, resources, beliefs about teaching and learning, and collegial interactions.
  • Jennifer Shouffler & Grant Kolmer, Somerset Hills School District
  • Gallery

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

27. October, March or May — When Will You Take the new SAT?

  • 9 – 12, School Administrators, Teacher Educators
  • Robin took the new SAT in May 2016 adding to her recent test experiences — ACT (2012), “old” SAT (2009) and “ancient” SAT(1980). These recent exam experiences helped her to relive studying and test taking, fill gaps in her education, and relate better to students’ experiences. Studying for the ACT/SAT helps students learn the content they need to successfully complete high school and/or avoid remediation. We will also discuss and profile examples of the SAT/ACT Math and show how improvement on these exams can help students (and adults alike) gain a new outlook and self-identity.
  • Robin Schwartz, Math Confidence
  • Conference Room B

28. Teaching about People and the Environment with Mathematical Models

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12, Teacher Educators
  • In this interdisciplinary workshop discover how mathematical models can be used to bring current events and top global challenges into the math classroom. Explore population growth models and probabilistic projections, create cartograms and use models to illustrate carbon emissions over time.
  • Judith Levine, Newark Public Schols
  • Conference Room E

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

29. Number Talks: Developing Mathematically Powerful Students in Grades 3-5

  • 3 – 5, School Administrators, Teacher Educators
  • What’s all the buzz about Number Talks?
  • Through purposefully-crafted problems, students engage regularly in Mathematical Practice Standards. They reason, defend and connect ideas, and develop mathematical flexibility and confidence. You’ll be blown away by what your students can do!
  • MaryJo Wieland & Dominique Paladino, Pascack Valley Regional School District
  • Conference Room A

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

30. Centers in Middle School? They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!

  • 6 – 8, School Administrators, Teacher Educators
  • Participants will cycle through standards based, data driven, activity rich centers filled with opportunities for assessment. Walk away with ideas on how to implement centers in your classroom next week. See how we reach every student, every day. Skype with our students to hear and ask their point of view.
  • Dawn Boyer & John Fritzky, Byram Intermediate School
  • Conference Room C

31. “50 Shades of Cray”- Engaging the Middle School Math Classroom

  • 3 – 5, 6 – 8
  • We will present 50+ games, technology tools, kinesthetic activities, as well as, brain teasers that prove to not only limit math anxiety, but make the entirety of your classroom more fun. This includes but is not limited to whole group review games, individualized practice games, as well as, how to involve your PLC in multi-class and team projects.
  • Melissa Gutkind, Michelle Carroll, & Tracey Roettger, Roxbury School District
  • Conference Room D

32. Let’s Bring Social Justice into Elementary Math Classrooms!

  • General Interest
  • A college professor and pre-service teachers will share ideas for bringing social justice issues into elementary math classes. Participants will be asked to share their ideas, topics, and strategies with the group.
  • James Clayton, Saint Peter’s University
  • Conference Room F

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

33. Addressing Misconceptions That Impede Success in Both Mathematics and Science

  • General Interest
  • I will discuss an ETS research project that investigates the degree to which misconceptions common to both math and science problem solving, differentially affect the performance of low SES students collectively in math and science. The focus will be using formative assessments to identify and address the misconceptions.
  • Elizabeth Marquez, Educational Testing Service
  • Auditorium

34. Producing Math Videos that Introduce and Assess New Content

  • General Interest
  • Participants will learn the basics of creating assessments in Edulastic. Topics include: using the rich text editor, inserting a video, image, table or hyperlink into a question. Participants will also learn how to create questions in drag-and-drop, classification, graphing, matching and image labeling formats.
  • Michael Linskey & Dawn Boyer, Byram Intermediate School
  • Amphitheater

35. Real World Mathematics for All

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12, Teacher Educators
  • This presentation will inspire math educators to create their own real-world activities and games that promote conceptual understanding based upon the classes that they teach. Educators will be provided with ways to apply NJSLS in Math to real world scenarios that capture student interest: Uber (systems of equations), Uber vs. Lyft (Linear functions), Paycheck analysis (Earning Compound Interest) and Halloween (Pi & Circumference) to name a few.
  • Susan Wolff & Anne Richardson Vitale, Randolph Middle School
  • Gallery

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

36. Changing Mindsets to Tackle Equity: One District’s Journey

  • 3 – 5, School Administrators
  • ALL learners should have access to rigorous, high-level mathematical content in an environment where risk-taking, deep conceptual understanding, and growth mindset are the norm. We will share lessons learned from our journey to reconceptualize the upper elementary math program and shifts we made to empower teachers and students as mathematicians.
  • Melissa Pearson, Susan Totaro, & Mary Ann Carnevale, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
  • Conference Room E

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

37. Mathematical “Rules” That Expire

  • General Interest, School Administrators, Teacher Educators
  • “Overgeneralizing commonly accepted practices, using imprecise vocabulary, and relying on tips and tricks that do not promote conceptual mathematical understanding can lead to misunderstanding later in students’ math careers.” In the 2014 publication, NCTM highlights how well intended tricks promote short term success in mathematics. This workshop will look deeply at “rules” that expire while identifying instructional strategies that promote long term conceptual mathematical understanding.
  • Rosemarie Malloy & Amy D’Ambola, Northern Highlands and Upper Saddle River
  • Conference Room B

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

38. Accessible Enriching and Engaging Lessons for All Students

  • 3 – 5, 6 – 8, School Administrators, Teacher Educators
  • Effective teachers provide problem-solving experiences in which students engage in rich tasks that require them to use a variety of skills, ask questions, make meaning of mathematics as something that is interesting, engaging, and useful. We will focus on a few tasks that you can use immediately in your classroom.
  • Hugh Green, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
  • Conference Room A

39. Rich, Open Tasks and Assessment

  • PK- 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8
  • Come hear how students can engage in rich tasks, promote problem solving, reasoning, allow for multiple entry points, representations, and solution strategies. Look closely at the development and process of creating tasks. Examine students’ work for alignment to the Depth of Knowledge levels and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. For those who believe math should be engaging and meaningful!.
  • Dominique Paladino & MaryJo Wieland, Pascack Valley Regional School District
  • Conference Room D

40. Connecting Math Ideas Builds Student Confidence II

  • 6 – 8, 9 – 12, Teacher Educators
  • Connecting Math to the world around us fosters gestalt perspective. Using Ocean Waves as an application, mathematics concepts and methods come alive in a meaningful and unforgettable way. Students see for themselves why ocean waves look like they do. The presentation includes a hands-on activity.
  • Patrick Murray, Malcolm X Shabazz High School
  • Conference Room F

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

41. Past-President’s Reception

  • Sponsored Event
  • By invitation only
  • JT’s Restaurant & Pub

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

42. President’s Reception

  • Sponsored event
  • OPEN TO ALL
  • Lobby

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

43. Annual Business Meeting

  • OPEN TO ALL
  • Conference Room A

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

44. Annual Banquet Ticket required. Cost of ticket: $25.

  • Conference Room C/D