What a great Summer Institute this year! Our math sessions this year focused on math teaching practices and on tasks that support reasoning and problem solving. Here's a math recap of the 2015 Secondary Summer Institute:
On Monday, NSD teachers shared their strategies and classroom practice with each other at the Teacher Showcase. I'd like to thank NSD math teachers Ryan Adams, Tina Sowler, Kristen Peck, and Carol Tanner, I enjoyed learning from you!
Math Teaching Practices to Support Common Core
On Wednesday morning, NSD math teachers explored the math teaching practices in NCTM's Principles to Actions. Then teachers looked more closely at math tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving and created implementation plans for using these tasks in their own classroom instruction. This was a very productive session and I hope to continue this conversation throughout the year!
Beyond Relevance and Real World with Dan Meyer
NSD teachers spent Thursday working with math educator Dan Meyer. What a treat! Dan helped us work through the Volcano task and shared three strategies for student learning and engagement:
The Volcano task, debrief, and other resources from Dan's session can all be found at bothell15.mrmeyer.com
. Dan has added a new entry to our workshop page called Follow Through. It offers you a forum for discussing successes and challenges implementing ideas from Dan's workshop. Start by choosing something simple to implement, like an Estimation 180 prompt, and then write about it briefly. Dan will be tuning in and will offer advice when possible.
For those who would like to learn more about Dan's tasks and strategies, here are some resources I recommend:
Math Design Studio
On Friday, teachers had the opportunity to explore all the tasks and strategies presented this week and plan how to implement them into their classroom instruction. We looked at these lessons to get us started:
- 25 Billion Apps: This Dan Meyer task is a great task for true mathematical modeling. It supports 8.F.4 (8th grade functions) as well as CCSS Math Practices 2 and 4. This task could also be appropriate for Algebra 1 students for teaching linear modeling and rates of change.
- Growing Shapes: This lesson is adapted from the Squares Upon Squares task from Youcubed to support the Lesson 4.5 Exploration for Holt Course 3. This lesson is designed to get at student thinking, provide opportunities for student discourse, and build conceptual understanding prior to having students jump into calculations and procedures.
- Math Magic, a lesson focused on 7.EE.A. This was created for a 7th grade class for additional practice writing and simplifying algebraic expressions.
Teachers spent the day developing and/or adapting tasks they can use with their students this year. It was a productive day and a great way to wrap up our week by putting our new learning into practice!
Accessing Presentations and Documents
Follow these links to access presentations and documents from the 2015 Summer Institute:
Several of you have asked for my Skittles slides or the Bumper Stickies protocol, which are all in the Math Sessions folder. If you use them please, let me know how it works for you and your students!
NSD Summer Institute Make-up Sessions
Teachers who missed our required Summer Institute sessions should register for the makeup sessions in PD Place.
Thank you for making this year's Summer Institute such a success! I hope you enjoyed our Summer Institute sessions as much as I did. I look forward to working with all of you this year as we put these strategies into practice to help our students.
- Patty Stephens
NSD Secondary Math TOSA