The Mathematical

September 2018

Request a Visit

As you continue to reach towards achieving your newly set goals and plans, please utilize me as a resource. I would love to spend time with teachers and admin during 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 an email any time!
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Stay Connected

Be sure to join the Google Classroom for your grade level(s). A lot of information will be passed along to teachers through this format. This includes updates, professional learning resources, presentations, etc.
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There's More Than One Right Answer???

The power of having more than one right answer: Ambiguity in math class.

For many students and teachers, math class is a place of great certainty. One plus one equals two; six is greater than negative four; and the area of a triangle is half the area of a related parallelogram. In this view, math is the place where there are right answers, wrong answers, and no mistaking which is which.


But ambiguity—a messy place—can be where important mathematics begins.


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Want to find more examples of Which One Doesn't Belong? to use with students? Visit wodb.ca. This site has pre-made sets teachers can use in their classroom to help with math discussions and reasoning. These sets include shapes, numbers, graphs, and equations.
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Giving an Answer is not always the Answer

Sometimes it is better to answer a question with a question. Instead of simply giving a student an answer, lead them into the thinking process of solving the problem. Ask them what they think the next step may be, ask them what operation might be useful, or simply what information do they already know about the problem. Helping our students think through the thought process is more valuable than simply giving them the answer to the problem.
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Why We Need To Change Student Mindsets (and Our Own)

It is important for all teachers to have high expectations for all students - not just some of them. Our students come to us at different levels, but they all have the potential to learn and grow. Raise the expectations - you will be amazed at the results!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=bxrPy1fjVU4

List of 5 Growth Mindset Books for Math Teachers

  1. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  2. Mathmatical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler
  3. The Growth Mindset Coach: A Teacher's Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve by Annie Brock
  4. A Mind for Mathematics: Meaningful Teaching and Learning in Elementary Classrooms by Nanci Smith
  5. 101 Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids by Anthony Persico
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Reflex Math Educator Grant

The Reflex Educator Grant Program provides full use of Reflex, an online game-based system that enables students of all abilities to develop math fact fluency, for one classroom of students for one year. This is a research-based program that students enjoy using. Teachers in our county have seen success with Reflex.


Click here to apply for the grant.

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Instructional Technology Training - Save the Date!!

NEARPOD TRAINING - There will be a county-wide Nearpod training on September 27th at Werz from 4:00 to 5:00. Come join all the content specialists as we provide a training session on how to use Nearpod in your classroom. This will include how to set it up, create lessons/activities, and implement it in your classroom. Please bring your chromebook. There is no cost to attend!


Register Here.


*This is the first of the Instructional Technology Training sessions for this school year to be held on the last Thursday of each month.

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Middle School Collaboration Meetings

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Grades 6-8 (3 sessions)

Sept 11, 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 6-8. Topics for the September session include Sense Making, Fractions, and Geometric Properties. Participants can register for just one session or the entire series. Register here.


Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching Grades 3-5 (3 sessions)

Sept 18, 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 3-5. Topics for the September session include Sense Making and Length & Measurement. Participants can register for just one session or the entire series. Register here.


Middle School Math Collaboration

Sept 26, 2018 - Arnall Middle School, 4:00 - 5:00

Grade level teams will work together to discuss the updated pacing guides at the first district-wide middle school math meeting. Deconstructing standards and spiraling will also be discussed and strategies shared. Participants are asked to bring their chromebooks to the session.


Nearpod Training: Instructional Technology Training

Sept 27, 2018 - Werz, PLC, 4:00 - 5:00

Want to learn more about Nearpod and implementing it in your classroom? This training is open to all county teachers wanting to learn about Nearpod. Please bring your chromebook. Register here.


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.

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Research Base

Boaler, J. Boosting Math. [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youcubed.org/resources/four-boosting-messages-jo-students/


Danielson, C. (2016, Sept. 26). The Power of Having More Than One Right Answer: Ambiguity in Math Class. Retrieved from https://www.nctm.org/Publications/Teaching-Children-Mathematics/Blog/The-power-of-having-more-than-one-right-answer_-Ambiguity-in-math-class/

Comments, Concerns, Questions?

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