Virtual Math Summit 2020

Professional Development for elementary teachers

AUGUST 3rd -5th

Why The Virtual Math Summit?

Get PD, Poolside!

It's PD specifically for elementary teachers, that you can attend from anywhere!

Each year at the Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit, I bring in the nation's top math education experts and teachers to discuss issues concerning the teaching of elementary mathematics. 

These sessions always give practical tips and thought provoking conversations that will help make decisions about how your students will interact with mathematics this coming year. 

But, the BEST part is that it's all online! You don't have to leave the comfort of your home (or your pool) this summer to get some amazing math PD. Plus, did I mention it's FREE?!?! 

You will be able to watch all the sessions as many times as you want through August 10, 2020. After that, the sessions all go inside my Build Math Minds PD site for members to have access to at anytime.

Certificate of Attendance will be awarded for sessions attended.**

5 Steps Towards Equity

Although equity can be a very broad term as it may relate to race, gender, ability levels, socioeconomic status, resources, and sexual orientation, the key characteristic here is access. How are we making sure ALL students have access to the resources they need to be successful both academically and socially? Equity is something that all educators should strive for in their schools and classrooms. As a way for you to get started, here are 5 steps to get you on the right path towards leading equity.

From Theory to Practice: Making Equity a Reality in Your Math Classroom

Negative stereotypes about certain cultures often limit students' views of themselves and their abilities to be successful in mathematics. In this workshop, participants will identify principles and strategies from the ICUCARE equity framework to meaningfully engage students from groups that have been marginalized by traditional mathematics instruction.

Number Routines for Reasoning and Number Sense

Do your students struggle with reasoning about numbers and quantity, operations, decomposition or estimation? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in elementary mathematics class.

Building Coherent Fraction Understandings K–5

To support students in building a coherent understanding of fractions K–5, it is important to know how the ideas and representations connect across grades. In this session, we will engage in fraction activities to better understand the important role of coherent, connected tasks and representations to tell a story of fractions that offer each and every student access to grade-level mathematics.

Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)

If you didn't like doing worksheets as a child and want a better option to use as a teacher, then come learn about an alternative that kids love doing, helps build conceptual understanding, leads to great conversations, and reveals hidden misconceptions.

Math Buddies: Effective Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring has the potential to accelerate student achievement (Hattie effect size = .53). How do we orchestrate meaningful interactions among peers? Learn how we implemented peer tutoring between two different grades for weekly math lessons that we call "Math Buddies".

Lower the Floor, Raise the Ceiling: Teaching Problem Solving to ALL Students

Teaching students to think, reason and problem solve is the cornerstone of quality math instruction. This session will highlight several engaging strategies such as the Three Act Math Task, Three Reads Strategy and Numberless Word problems that provide multiple entry points so that all students can access the math and engage in the learning. Leave with a new passion for teaching problem solving in your classroom!

“I Don’t Get What They Want Me to Do!” Making Sense of Word Problems Across the Grades

Productive struggle with word problems dwells in the sense-making phase– what does it mean to understand a problem situation, in a mathematical sense?  Understanding word problems is more than reading comprehension, followed by computation.  Drawing, modeling, constructing, describing, and sense making happen in what we call the “Mathematizing Sandbox.” In the sandbox students pack down and build up representations, look at them from different angles, and maybe tear them back down and start all over again. Nothing is permanent in the Mathematizing Sandbox! 

Make the Learning Stick- Strategies to Support Engagement, Understanding and Retention

This session will focus on current research and best practices that target how to increase retention of learning through active learning and engagement strategies and brain-based research. The use of graphic organizers, movement in the classroom and writing will be highlighted.

The 5 Practices in Practice: Identifying and Overcoming the Challenges of Orchestrating Mathematics Discussions

Discussions can be challenging for teachers who are trying to build on and honor students thinking while at the same time ensure that the mathematical ideas that at the heart of a lesson are clear and public. The five practices (Smith & Stein, 2019) – anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting – provide a model for effectively using student responses in whole-class discussions that is intended to make discussions more manageable by moderating the degree of improvisation needed during the lesson. The 5 practices model, however, it is not without its challenges.

Connecting Mathematics to Place, Community and Culture

What are some practices that provide access and connection to mathematics for all learners? During this session I will share several projects that focus on connecting mathematics to other disciplines, to place, community and culture. Inclusive and responsive planning frameworks will be shared along with photographs of students engaged in playful mathematical experiences that broaden their understanding of what mathematics is.

Circle Round: Using Storytelling Techniques to Cultivate a Culture of Sense Making

Who can resist a good story? Let's shift students away from a "compulsion to calculate" and toward a desire for understanding as they engage with word problems. In this session, I’ll share five storytelling techniques and we’ll analyze rich classroom examples where teachers implement these techniques to engage each and every student, cultivate a culture of sense making, and build positive mathematics identities.

The Purpose and Power of Math Storytelling

Math Storytelling is far more than an accessory when it comes to learning math. As a learning tool, it is purposeful, visually powerful, and offers a way to connect all levels of learners to concepts in an emotionally compelling way. Math stories allow children to question, explore and engage in meaningful conversations about math with their friends. Explore how rich stories can stimulate wonder, combat anxiety and energize your standards- based instruction.

Math Mights Gone Wild: Addition & Subtraction Strategies right out of Mathville

Join Shannon on a journey inside Mathville to meet the Math Mights characters who help students understand math processes differently than just solving problems one way. Watch student engagement soar as we promote students’ communicated reasoning so they are able to confidently explain their thinking. Unlock a common language for schools so students can learn about the characters and the strategies in first grade, and then apply same strategies to higher level concepts as they grow to 5th grade.

Developing Problem Solving within a Mathematically Literate Environment

Problem solving has been a focal point in mathematics for many years. While we have stressed problem solving for some time, have we been going beyond surface level? Have we seen growth in students persevering through a problem, communicating about their thinking, or using learning experiences to move forward as mathematicians? When approaching problem solving within a mathematically literate environment, students become mathematicians who think mathematically when approaching, working through, and reflecting on a problem. To achieve a mathematically literate environment, the teacher must ensure there is a multitude of opportunities for students to be thinkers, communicators, collaborators, and self-monitors.

Number Routines for Elementary

Learn some research behind early numeracy skill acquisition. Spend a brief time on the natural approximate number system, abstraction, relational thinking, connexity, subitizing, ordinality, cardinality, unitizing, and value, and explore how these skills differentiate the human brain from a computer. Get examples of how these skills play out in real K-5 classrooms, then see examples of number routines from a kindergarten, first grade, and third grade classroom. Learn about shifting our math mindset from competing with computers to reaching the full potential of the human mind's capability with number. Gain actionable steps and routines that develop a value-oriented student.

Innovate Inside the Box - Discussion

Christina Tondevold and George Couros discuss how to Innovate Inside The Box.  In this session, they talk about all kinds of issues: how to empower students, what building relationships with students looks like, why we need to help kids feel like they contribute to our classrooms, what it means to have a learner-driven curriculum, and how you can be the change in your school.  Plus, George will give us the 3 types of learning that all teachers need to do.

The Power of Choice in Mathematics

Choice can be a powerful motivator, but students have few opportunities to exercise the power of choice during a typical school day. In this session, we’ll explore three ways to build choice into our math lessons so that we can motivate and empower students. First, we’ll examine choice in terms of which tasks students engage with. Then, we’ll examine choice in the way students approach tasks. Finally, we’ll examine choice in terms of the ways in how students evidence their brilliance.

Building Mathematical Intuition with 1,094 Daily Math Routines

Did you ever wonder if we, as teachers, could help our students develop a more intuitive awareness of numbers? And if so, how could we cultivate that mathematical intuition in a way that sticks? The answer to these questions was my driving force over the past three years as I joined math classrooms, observed and interviewed students at work and wrote a 61-chapter K-5 curriculum. I would like to share that journey with you. In this presentation, we will investigate several math routines that were devoted to promoting mathematical intuition in students. We will take a trip together into classrooms as we watch children practice, play, and connect with numbers in a way that fosters a more intuitive relationship with numbers.

Develop Growth Mindset in Mathematics to Increase Students’ Perseverance, Engagement, and Success in Mathematics

Today, we face so many challenges as math teachers, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Chief among these is how to help students persevere, engage with, and be successful in math. So many students proclaim that they “hate” math and take pride in declaring that they cannot effectively do mathematics. Within the STEM subjects, mathematics is the predominant subject where teachers face a real challenge to authentically engross students in the learning. But, as educators, we can change this trend and mindset in our students. I have specifically designed this presentation to help you promote a growth mindset in your students, while also building their conceptual understanding and love of mathematics.

Safe Prompts for Entering ‘Math’ematical Discussions 

How can I motivate my students? Why aren't my students engaged during mathematics? These are questions educators wonder silently and at times out loud. The answers to these questions are connected to building positive mathematical identities in all students. This session will explore ways educators of students at grade levels can practically structure their lessons to provide safe spaces for students to engage in discourse and mathematical reasoning. To prep for this session, google 'babies eating lemons', click 'videos' and as you watch the numerous videos as yourself, 'What does this have to do with mathematics & your students?'. (or watch this session to find out)

Noticing and Wondering about Assessment

What does effective assessment in mathematics look like? For some, assessment is an isolated event where students are expected to perform. For others, assessment is an ongoing, moment-to-moment process that deeply involves students in using their current understanding to build a picture of what they are thinking about in mathematics. If teachers believe that assessment is embedded within teaching and learning, they can begin to position their thinking to notice and wonder about how their students are thinking mathematically. Assessment then ceases to be a tool to identify deficits in learning and becomes conversations to build on an understanding of assets.

Math Flips: Build Relational Thinking with Flashcards

Are the “math facts” a sore subject? A focus on relationships between facts will make them easier to learn and more adaptable to other content areas. This session will highlight important relationships and how to teach them in an interconnected way using a new kind of flashcard.

Number Webs: Visualize, Connect, and Explore Mathematics Using One Versatile Graphic Organizer

During this session we will process and visualize multiple ways of representing mathematical situations related to place value, addition, multiplication, subtraction, division, fractions, measurement, equations, and more using Number Webs. A Number Web is a versatile graphic organizer that connects the process of multiple mathematical ideas at different levels through composing and decomposing numbers in a variety of ways that provide conceptual understanding.

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