The Mathematical

October 2019

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iReady Training - October 11th

This iReady training is for all elementary math teachers. There will be three sessions held at White Oak Elementary since it is more centrally located. These sessions will continue professional development for the Ready Classroom Mathematics and will include the Try-Discuss-Connect It routine. All teachers are asked to bring a charged chrome book, teacher guides, and the Ready Learner Notebooks if you attended the original session during preplanning.


Teachers should attend their grade level session:


K & 1: 8:00 to 10:00

2 & 3: 10:30 to 12:30

4 & 5: 1:00 to 3:00


Administrators that would like to attend are encouraged to come to the last session due to smaller teacher numbers.

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Accessing Ready Classroom Mathematics outside of School

Elementary Teachers - you are able to access the Ready Classroom Mathematics platform when you are outside of the school. Although you still need to log in through Clever, there is a way to do that from your home computer or chromebook not connected to the CCSS network. Simply use this direct link to Clever to log on, then you will be able to log into iReady. You may also paste this link for your students to use as well. As a bonus, if your students use this link, they will not have to choose their elementary school name, just click "Sign on with Google."


https://clever.com/in/ccss

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Want to Do More Than Just Worksheets?

Want a more engaging option to worksheets? We want students to practice math problems, so we often turn to worksheets to fill the need. But do students truly benefit from this type of practice? What if there was an activity that would engage students resulting in deeper conceptual understanding?
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Open Middle (openmiddle.com) offers open-ended problems where students are challenged and promote math reasoning and collaboration. Problems like the ones above provide students an opportunity to practice and explore the math concepts we are trying to teach them. There are problems for all grade levels and can be searched by domain. When doing these with students, you can use water bottle lids with numbers written on them so students have a hands-on way to manipulate the numbers. I do recommend providing a recording sheet so that students can keep track of options they have tried.
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Robert Kaplinsky recently held an online webinar called, Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead), where he discusses the benefits of using these Open Middle problem sets with both elementary and secondary students.


Here are links to his webinars: Elementary Version and Secondary Version

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Encouraging Persistence in Math

Weekly open-ended math tasks can pique students’ interest, leading them to take risks and develop a growth mindset.


As teachers, we need to provide students with opportunities to practice their problem-solving skills in an activity that provides a low floor and high ceiling. This allows students of all ability levels to engage while still be challenging. It is also helpful when the problem has multiples paths to the solution which also makes it accessible to all learners.


To help facilitate this process in your classroom:


  • Provide an expectation that fosters trial and error
  • Encourage students to think outside the box
  • Focus on the process instead of just the final product
  • Allow students to collaborate in pairs/small groups


At the beginning, you may need to facilitate and prompt:

  • Ask leading questions to help them get started
  • Answer their question with another question prompting them to think about which process to explore
  • If students finish early, ask them if there is another way to solve


To read more about Encouraging Persistance in Math, read the full article.

To help students with the problem solving process, here is a recording sheet that helps guide students through the critical thinking process. The front side is sectioned with prompts to promote thinking and organize their thoughts. The back side is for student work and includes a graph section and work space.


Thanks to Robert Kaplinsky for sharing this Problem Solving Framework document.

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The Difference of Memorization and Memory: Fast Does Not Equal Fluent

If students are mindlessly memorizing math facts, they will be at a disadvantage later because they will not have the conceptual understanding and do not build their fluency capacity. Fluency is when students are able to accurately and efficiently solve problems which leads to better procedural thinking. To understand the difference between memorization and memory, watch this short 4-minute video.
There IS a Difference
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Subitizing to Foster Multiplicative Thinking

This is a strategy to help students learn their multiplication facts and helps students develop their multiplicative thinking. Try these subitizing multiplication cards with students to help them use number strategies to deepen number knowledge.


Watch the video to see the cards in action, then use this link to get more information and print a copy of your own cards.

Subitizing Multiplication Cards
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Upcoming Professional Learning

M Squared PL Session

Oct 3, 2019 - Werz - SD2, 3:00 - 4:00 (K-5) and 4:00 - 5:00 (6-12)

This is for 1st year or new to Coweta County math teachers. We will be discussing Infinite Campus, IXL, and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session.


Learning Slope via Rate not Rote

Oct 3, 2019 - Webinar

The concept of slope is a mystery to many students. Building a foundation for understanding slope begins with establishing concrete knowledge of rates, ratios, proportional relationships, and similarity. By introducing slope as a rate, particularly a unit rate, the real meaning and relevance of slope emerge. This session examines these foundations to deepen participants’ understanding of slope and empowers them to support a coherent transition from middle school to high school mathematics.

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Ready Classroom Mathematics

Oct 11, 2019 - White Oak Elementary, 8:00 - 10:00, 10:30 - 12:30, and 1:00 - 3:00

These sessions will continue professional development for the Ready Classroom Mathematics and will include the Try-Discuss-Connect It routine. All teachers are asked to bring a charged chrome book, teacher guides, and the Ready Learner Notebooks if you attended the original session during preplanning. Teachers should attend their grade level session:


K & 1: 8:00 to 10:00

2 & 3: 10:30 to 12:30

4 & 5: 1:00 to 3:00


K-2 Collaborative PL Session

Oct 15, 2019 - Werz - SD2, 3:15 - 4:15

All K-2 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing iReady math and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 3:15.


3-5 Collaborative PL Session

Oct 17, 2019 - Werz - SD2, 3:15 - 4:15

All 3-5 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing iReady math and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 3:15.


Middle School Collaborative PL Session

Oct 30, 2019 - East Coweta MS - Media Center, 4:00 - 5:00

All 6-8 math teachers are welcome to join this collaboration session. We will be discussing math strategies and other information. Please bring a charged chromebook to the session. Meeting will start promptly at 4:00.


EOG Math Constructed Response

Nov 15, 2019 - Werz - PLC, 8:30 - 11:30

Join Dr. Melissa Fincher for a half-day packed full of strategies to support students in writing across the curriculum. This PL opportunity provides participants with instructional practices and examples to support Math Constructed Response.

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EOC Math Constructed Response

Nov 15, 2019 - Werz - PLC, 12:30 - 4:00

Join Dr. Melissa Fincher for a half-day packed full of strategies to support students in writing across the curriculum. This PL opportunity provides participants with instructional practices and examples to support Math Constructed Response.

Register here

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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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Comments, Questions, or Concerns?

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