The Mathematical

August 2019

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Welcome Back!

Sharpen those pencils, it's that time of year again! As we welcome our new students, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get busy teaching our hearts out. To help make things easier, the monthly publication of The Mathematical will provide you with innovative ideas, research-based strategies, technology options, and upcoming professional learning opportunities.

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Join our Math Google Classrooms!

Please take a moment to join the Math Google Classrooms for your appropriate grade level. The classrooms are updated frequently to include new information. Use the Topics section (on the left) to better search for resources.


Here are the classroom codes. If you were a member last year, you do not need to rejoin. If you changed grade level, you can remove yourself from the previous classroom and join the appropriate one.

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Math Professional Learning Meetings

The Math Professional Learning Meetings will be held for each specific grade level bands. These sessions will provide teachers an opportunity to come together throughout the school year to collaborate, share ideas, learn about new strategies, and stay informed on any curriculum changes. These sessions are open to all math teachers. Please bring a charged chromebook to all meetings.
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Updated Pacing Guides

All pacing guides/scope & sequences have been updated and posted in the Google Classroom, on the Curriculum site, and in the Learning Resource folders. Each one is separated by the grade and 9-week grading period. These documents include all of the standards information along with textbook lessons, other resources, activities and projects, and related IXL links. Hopefully, this will streamline your lesson planning and provide you with more of a one-stop shop!
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As classes begin, we often remind students about order of operations. For better student understanding, think about teaching order of operations conceptually. This will help them become more proficient in their mathematics, especially if they can make the connections to why the rules work the way they do. Help students understand why it is important to solve using the order of operations instead of simply teaching them the "rule." Long term retention is much higher if students understand why the rule works than simply trying to get them to remember it. More importantly, PEMDAS does not always work with more complicated or higher level math.


Read the full article on Order of Operations: The Myth and the Math.

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Figure 2 (Retrieved from Order of Operations article).

Dueling Calcutors activity


Here's an activity that you can do with your students to help them understand the importance of order of operations. With this Dueling Calculators activity, students can see what happens when problems are solved using order of operations versus simply solving moving left to right. This activity uses a basic calculator that does not apply order of operations with a scientific calculator that does.


Once your students complete this activity, discuss with them different scenarios that would represent each expression so they can truly understand the difference and importance of using order of operations.

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Georgia Numeracy Project Update

The Georgia Numeracy Project is a free numeracy development resource that is provided by the Georgia DOE. The main focus of this project is to help students with their understanding of numbers and their ability to use numbers to problem solve. In addition, the Georgia Numeracy Project can be used as a resource for MTSS and includes a flowchart to help teachers screen and monitor student progress. The DOE is updating this project to now include intervention probes, data collection spreadsheets and graphs, and intervention resources. These updates should be complete by July 2019. Use this link to see more information.


West GA RESA is holding a professional learning session regarding this resource on Sep 24, 2019. Please see the Upcoming Professional Learning section below for more information.

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Nearpod now has an Add-On for Google Slides!

Now teachers can embed their favorite Nearpod activities directly within Google Slides! This new add-on allows you to embed and edit the various Nearpod activities while working in Google Slides. This is great for allowing you to collaborate with colleagues while creating that awesome, interactive lesson. Here's more information on how to get the Nearpod add-on.
Nearpod add-on for Google Slides
New to Nearpod? Contact me and I can show you how it works! I'll help you convert one of your lessons to Nearpod and come help you teach it for the first time. All you need to do is send me an email, and I'll happily assist!
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Upcoming Professional Learning

High School Collaborative PL Session

Aug 27, 2019 - Werz, SD2, 4:00 - 5:00

All high school math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing math strategies and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 4:00.


7th Annual West Georgia RESA STEAM Conference

Sep 12th-13th, 2019 - Peachtree City, GA

Conference theme: Fly Me To the Moon...and Beyond

Location: Peachtree City Hotel & Conference Center (Hilton)

2443 Hwy 54 West, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Registration Info: $100 1 day/$200 both days. Breakfast and lunch are included.

More Info and to Register.


K-2 Collaborative PL Session

Sep 17, 2019 - Werz, SD2, 3:15 - 4:15

All K-2 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing math strategies and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 3:15.


3-5 Collaborative PL Session

Sep 19, 2019 - Werz, SD2, 3:15 - 4:15

All 3-5 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing math strategies and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 3:15.


Georgia Numeracy Project PL - Math Numeracy for K-8 Educators

Sep 24, 2019 - West GA RESA, 9:00 - 3:00

The Georgia Numeracy Project is a numeracy development resource provided by the Ga DOE that introduces teachers to the trajectory by which learners acquire a solid foundation in numeracy. The resource is focused on developing students' understanding of numbers and their ability to use numbers to solve problems.

Registration Information (Cost - $0)


Middle School Collaborative PL Session

Sep 25, 2019 - Arnall MS - Media Center, 4:00 - 5:00

All 6-8 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing math strategies and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 4:00.

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Request a Visit

As you continue to reach towards achieving your goals, please utilize me as a resource. I would love to spend time with teachers and admin during your planning or instructional periods. If interested in a meeting, a class visit, or modeling, please complete this form to request a time. You can also send me an email anytime!
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Resources

2019 Georgia Numeracy Project Professional Learning. Retrieved from http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Documents/Mathematics/Georgia-Numeracy-Project-Professional-Learning-Overview.pdf


Bay-Williams, J.M. & Martinie, S.L. (2015, Aug). Order of Operations: The Myth and the Math. Teaching Children Mathematics, 22(1). Retrieved from https://lorpub.gadoe.org/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/49545/Order%20of%20Operations%20The%20Myth%20and%20The%20Math.pdf

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Comments, Questions, or Concerns?

Please contact Michelle Clarke, Math Content Specialist, with any comments, questions or concerns.