UETCTM Spring 2021 Newsletter

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The Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics (https://www.etsu.edu/cas/math/activities/uetctm.php) is an organization for anyone involved in mathematics education from preschool through college in the greater Tri-Cities region. We meet multiple times throughout the school year and share ideas to support one another in teaching math. Come join us!

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UETCTM Spring 2021 Meeting

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Where: This will be a virtual meeting. Join us from your classroom or your couch!

Meeting Information:

Zoom Link: https://etsu.zoom.us/j/93852826892

Meeting ID: 938 5282 6892

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4:00-4:15: Welcome

4:15-4:30: Update from Tara Harrell, TDOE First TN Center of Regional Excellence

4:30-5:30: Breakout Sessions

*Note: Breakout sessions could end earlier, but will not go past 5:30.

A certificate of attendance will be provided for professional development hours.

Breakout Session Descriptions

K-2: Fostering Problem Solving Within a Virtual Environment

Presenters: Jordan Dison and Ashley Carlson

Description: We all know how important it is to provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful problem solving! In this session, participants will explore online tools that make this possible even within a remote or virtual learning environment.

3-5: Using Whiteboard.Fi To Increase Student Engagement in a Virtual Math Class

Presenters: Alice Ann Smith and Sarah Asbury

Description: While teaching virtually, teachers run into many obstacles, but one that remains whether in the classroom or online is student engagement. Student engagement and showing what you know is vital in math classrooms. This session will dive into how utilizing free online platforms like Whiteboard.Fi helps educators to gain insight on student understanding and promote active learning all while keeping children loving math!

6-8: Getting "Real" with Desmos

Presenters: Lisa Reis and Amanda Milhorn

Description: This presentation will give you an opportunity to see Desmos from both the student and teacher point of view. You will learn how this program can be used to give feedback in real time. You will be shown how to search for Desmos activities that have already been created and learn how you can create your own.

9-12: Increasing Student Engagement During Remote Learning

Presenter: April Sims

Description: In this presentation, I will share my experience in using Desmos.com to increase student engagement, provide formative assessments, and build relationships with students while teaching remotely during the pandemic. I will present the teacher's perspective while providing participants an opportunity to interact as a student in a high school math class.

UETCTM 2020-2021 Officers

President: Pam Stidham (Kingsport City Schools) Email: pstidham@k12k.com

President-Elect: Tina Hill (Washington County Schools) Email: dbhsmathteacher@gmail.com

Secretary: Sunshine Light (Kingsport City Schools) Email: slight@k12k.com

Treasurer: Julie Tester (Kingsport City Schools) Email: jtester@k12k.com

Past-President: Jamie Price (ETSU) Email: pricejh@etsu.edu

Note: Elections are usually held at the spring meeting. Due to the pandemic and logistical difficulties in holding an election this year, the 2020-2021 officers will remain in place for 2021-2022. An election for new officers will be held at the spring 2022 meeting.