UETCTM Fall 2020 Newsletter

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What is UETCTM?

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 Fall Meeting

When: September 8, 2020

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

Meeting Information:

Zoom Link: https://etsu.zoom.us/j/93506052812

Meeting ID: 935 0605 2812

Waiting Room Enabled


Agenda:

4:00-4:15: Orientation/Welcome

4:15-6:00: Breakout Sessions

*Note: Breakout sessions could end earlier, but will not go past 6:00.


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

Breakout Session Descriptions

Math Literature in K-2

Presenters: Shasta Perhne & Ashley Carter

Description: Math becomes more interesting when a child can make a math connection in a story. When children are reading or listening to a book, they learn to recognize that math is used all around them. They begin to use their prior knowledge to connect math concepts to the outside world. In this session, we will explore math read alouds that can be used to enhance your students’ thinking and mathematical connections to the real world.

*Note: This session is not a repeat of the popular session from the spring meeting. Shasta and Ashley will share new ideas during this session.


Manipulatives and Tasks in 3-5

Presenters: Aubryn Street and Makenzie Reeves

Description: Making abstract math concepts visible and concrete through the use of manipulatives helps students to see the connection between the concepts and the mathematical processes. Manipulatives also help to bridge prior knowledge and skills with the new concepts the students are learning. In this session, we will explore upper elementary school tasks using manipulatives that will enhance your students’ thinking and and understanding of math concepts in grades 3-5.


**Note: Session participants are encouraged to have base-ten blocks and Cuisenaire rods available for this session.


Manipulatives and Tasks in Middle School and Early High School

Presenter: Julie Tester

Description: Making abstract math concepts visible and concrete through the use of manipulatives helps students to see the connection between the concepts and the mathematical processes. Manipulatives also help to bridge prior knowledge and skills with the new concepts the students are learning. In this session, we will explore math middle school tasks using manipulatives that will enhance your students’ thinking and and understanding of middle school math concepts. This session would also be helpful high school algebra 1 teachers.


Visual Fractal Constructions for High School

Presenter: Tara Peters

Description: Fractals are beautiful designs that possess self-similarity on any scale. There are numerous ways that fractals are part of our daily lives, and fractals may even be the key to finding a cure to cancer. In this interactive session, participants will create a pentagonal fractal in two different ways. The first approach will involve a construction process that starts with an initial pentagon and proceeds to break down into smaller pentagonal parts. The second approach starts with an initial pentagon and proceeds to grow larger into a pentagonal fractal. A connection between fractals and the TN Math standards will be addressed. Participants are encouraged to have software like SMART Notebook software or equivalent, but can also follow along with pencil and paper. Join us, learn, and have some fractal fun!


College Professors/Coaches/Teacher Leaders: Using MathCuts for Professional Learning

Presenter: Pam Stidham

Description: MathCuts are very short videos (3-4 minutes in length) that can be used in professional learning sessions to highlight conceptual ideas in mathematics. Participants will be introduced to a protocol to use MathCuts in brief collaborative learning sessions. During the session, participants will use sticky notes to explore fractions and base 10 blocks to explore division of whole numbers and decimals.


** Note: Session participants are asked to have base-ten blocks, 3x3 sticky notes, and scissors to this session.

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: Jill Burgner (Washington County Schools) Email: burgnerj@wcde.org

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

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