Secondary Math Newsletter

May 2016


Monday, May 23rd, 4:30pm

LCPEC, 2855 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33966; Caloosahatchee Room

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Join us for an entertaining and informative talk about practical applications of growth mindset given by Dr. David Dockterman.

Excerpt from Bio: Productive failure and a growth mindset fuel innovation and learning, and Dr. Dockterman has become adept at infusing the underlying research from behavioral psychology and cognitive science to foster those dispositions among students, teachers, and institutional leaders. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education and an Editorial Board Member for the journal Science of Learning.


The idea of a Genius Hour seems to be sweeping through education. Teachers from all parts of the country are experimenting with the idea of allowing students to explore their own passions in the classroom.
What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
But instead of a Genius Hour for students, I propose a Genius Hour for teachers! Genius Hour could give teachers time in their PLC or department meeting to come up with a cool new idea or strategy of their own. It would give them the time and opportunity to do their own research for a problem they want to solve! With Genius Hour, teachers can be solution-oriented, creative, and innovative without checklists, due dates, or requirements -- and isn't that some of the stuff we were hoping for when we started in this business anyway? Who knows what fantastic ground-breaking planning ideas or strategies may originate in your own Genius Hour??!

So, as you embark on your summer vacation, mull it over...It's worth the thought to encourage each other to be the thinkers we want our students to be!

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To ensure all students will be ready to enter college or the workforce after high school, all levels of math classes are finding it increasingly important to provide remediation for students who struggle with math. Providing remediation has even made its way to the state level and weighs heavily on a school's grade. Not only do schools receive points on students who meet proficiency, but they also receive points for learning gains and lowest 25% making learning gains. Essentially, if a student is in the lowest 25% they contribute to at least 75% of the math portion of school grading. Beyond school grades, helping students really "get" math has enormous benefits, including self-esteem, college prep, problem solving skills, and a positive outlook on learning.

The question is, how do you make time for remediation? While some schools provide an intervention period, others do not, and that period isn't always about math. Regardless of school-wide interventions, classroom interventions are necessary as well. We've provided some information to help get you moving in the right direction, and remember the old adage, "It takes a village to raise a child." Don't go at it alone! Your colleagues in your school, at other schools, and at the district office are always great resources for ideas and strategies!

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Planning for remediation takes time and thoughtfulness--often more time than is available in the day for one teacher to tackle on their own. To save time and potentially enhance the end product, working with your PLC to develop strategies for remediation is essential. To get the process started with your PLC:

  1. Identify learning targets for students (these are in the academic plans!)
  2. Create/Identify short formative assessments that align to the learning targets. Don't reinvent the wheel...use what you already have, e.g. bellwork questions, exit tickets.
  3. Examine the data results as a group.
  4. Plan for targeted remediation.

Targeted remediation (aka, group work, small group, mini-lessons) is where the important work lies. Work with your PLC to determine what works for BOTH you and your students. Below are a couple of options to get you thinking!

Technology Integration for Remediation and Beyond!

Advancements in technology have changed the way we teach, the way students learn, and the way teachers and students communicate. With new technology tools emerging at a rapid rate, keeping up with what's out there (and what really works) can be difficult! Below are some resources to provide engagement, progress monitoring, and interest while planning for direct instruction or intervention.


Plickers is a free interactive program that provides an opportunity for teachers to gather real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices. Design quick multiple choice, true/false, or yes/no questions to quickly gauge student understanding using a creative non-threatening response mode. All that's needed is a smartphone (teacher) and print outs of student response cards (easy click on the plickers website). Based on the data collected from Plickers, teachers can determine levels of remediation needed and can intervene before a summative is given.

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Geogebra is a free web-based interactive and fun tool that helps students conceptualize their learning in a whole new way. Teachers can create their own Geogebra lessons, search for lessons already created, or assign specific activities for students to complete on their chromebooks. Geogebra can be used during whole group instruction or can be set up as a station allowing a more personalized approach to individual learning needs.

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Gooru is a free and open online platform that provides resources for students to learn and master concepts through an engaging educational approach by allowing teachers to develop individual learning paths for each student. Teachers can monitor student progress in real-time, create and share formative assessments, and provide resources and lessons all through Gooru. Use a playlist or lesson already created, remix a created playlist, or make one of your own!

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The Personal Math Trainer is an online, adaptive assessment and personalized learning system for students, with automatic reporting and intervention system for teachers. The PMT, which is embedded in every HMH high school math textbook in their online product, allows teachers to:

  • provide personalized learning paths for each student
  • provide targeted recommendations for other assignments
  • see real-time data to address student needs and learning styles
  • change the course of whole group instruction to meet the needs of all students.

The PMT is different than other intervention programs because it targets remediation

needed for the current content. Students access PMT through their online app through a variety of methods. They can access through practice problems in the text, assignments, assessments, or daily interventions. The more PMT resources the students use, the smarter the system becomes at making suggestions for individualized learning paths.

People Don't Understand Solutions to Problems They Don't Have!

An Alternative to SWBAT
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Wednesday, June 1st, 4-7pm

2855 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL 33966; LCPEC Caloosahatchee Room

Come and go as you please!

Get tried and true free resources!

Eat free ball park fare! (hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, bubble gum)

Win prizes!

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