The Mathematical

October 2018

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IXL Training on Oct 4th.

Here's just one of the new features:

Diagnostic is now Continuous!

IXL's Diagnostic is now seamlessly integrated into IXL's skill practice. This ensures you always have the most up-to-date insight into your students' progress. This is just one of the new features available with IXL.
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For details and information on all the new resources available from IXL, join us for training on Oct. 4th from 3:00 - 4:00 at Werz. Come learn about all the new features IXL has to offer and how you can use IXL effectively with your students. (Register here.)
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Enrichment Ideas

Student-Created Assessments: Have students create a 5-question quiz covering the topics that were just taught in class. The quiz should include the problems and answer choices. Have the students create answer choices that reflect the most common mistakes that are made with those problems and include the rationale for each one. These rationales require the students to explain those misconceptions and how to solve the problem correctly for the correct answer.

Differentiation strategies:

  • students can work with a partner
  • require 3 of the 5 problems be word problems (for students showing mastery) and only 1-2 word problems (for struggling students)
  • require 4 answer choices (for students showing mastery) or only 3 answer choices (for struggling students)

*This will be posted in Google Classroom in a new Topic section called "Enrichment." If you try it with your students, please post a reply and share how it went with your students.

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Open Middle

Open middle problems require a higher depth of knowledge than most problems that assess procedural and conceptual understanding. They support the Common Core Standards and provide students with opportunities for discussing their thinking. Problems are available for all grade levels, and problems could have more than one solution. These problems can be used as extensions or weekly challenges. Students are challenged to use their newly learned skills and number sense as they complete the problem and find a solution. Students can work independently or in groups to solve.

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The Importance of Student Discourse in Math

As teachers, we need to incorporate and encourage student discourse in our lessons to help improve student achievement. Discourse is not just any talk about math. Meaningful discourse includes students comparing and contrasting ideas and methods, constructing viable arguments, critiquing each other’s reasoning, and helping each other make sense of mathematics. (Hattie, Fisher, & Frey, 2017; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM], 2000; National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers [CCSSM], 2010; National Research Council, 2001).

Read more about protocols, strategies, and managing discourse in your classroom.

Request a session for Number Talks/Student Discourse

Would you like more information or training on increasing student discourse in your classroom? We can do grade level or the entire math staff with examples that you can implement right away. Simply send an email or complete the "Request a Visit" form below to schedule!

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Books on Mathematical Discourse

  • Mathematical Discourse - Let the Kids Talk! by Barbara Blanke
  • Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys & Ruth Parker
  • Mathematical Argumentation in Middle School by Knudsen, Stevens, Lara-Meloy, Kim, Shechtman
  • 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussion by Margaret Schwan Smith and Mary Kay Stein
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Using "Canned Responses" in Google Email

Do you find yourself using a common email over and over throughout the year? Maybe a weekly newsletter, quick email to send home to parents about student progress, check homework, etc?

You can now create and use a "Canned Response" to help streamline the process. I've attached a guide on how to set these up in your Google Email. It is quick and easy to do. Once you have the "canned response" template, you can insert it into your email, make the quick changes or update information, and send it. This can be very helpful for those repeat emails we find ourselves sending out. Click here to learn how to set it up.

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Reflex Math Educator Grant Winners

The Reflex Educator Grant program has awarded some of Coweta County's math teachers with a year's subscription for their students. Congratulations to Mary Thompson at Northside Elementary, Amanda Scogin at Glanton and all the others!
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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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Middle School Collaboration Meetings

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Professional Learning

Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Grades PK-2 (3 sessions)

Oct 2, 2018 - West GA RESA Grantville, 9:00 - 3:00

This is a 3 session professional workshop which will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of critical mathematics for grades PK-2. Topics for the October session include Sense Making, Place Value, and Length & Measurement. Participants can register for just one session or the entire series. Register here.

IXL Training

Oct 4, 2018 - WERZ, 3:00 - 4:00

IXL offers new features allowing for more effective use of their program. Training session will go over the new features, reports, and how to effectively use IXL in your classroom. Register here.

Georgia Mathematics Conference

Oct 17 - 19, 2018 - Rock Eagle 4-H Center

This is the 59th annual Georgia Math Conference. This year's theme is "Embracing Productive Struggle." Register here.

Middle School Math Collaboration

Oct 24, 2018 - East Coweta Middle School, 4:00 - 5:00

Teachers will be trained on how to create assessments in GCA. This will include using the GCA item bank and creating teacher-made question items. Participants are asked to bring 3-5 assessment questions and answers along with their chromebooks to the session.

GCA Training: Instructional Technology Training

Oct 25, 2018 - Werz, PLC, 4:00 - 5:00

Want to learn more about GCA and creating assessments to use in your classroom? This training is open to all county teachers wanting to learn more about GCA. Please bring your chromebook. Register here.

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Ballard, D. (2017). Discourse in Math - Don't Just Talk About It. Retrieved from

Watanabe, M., Evans, L. (Nov. 2015). "Assessments That Promote Collaborative Learning." The Mathematics Teacher, vol.109, Issue 4, pp. 289-304.

Comments, Questions, or Concerns?

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