MassMATE 2010 Conference
May 27, 2010
at Bay Point Inn and Conference Center,
Portsmouth, RI

Supporting Effective Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom
through Technology, Coaching, and Mathematics (Professional) Learning Communities

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The 2010 MassMATE Symposium was a resounding success with over 160 attendees!
As teacher educators, teachers of mathematics, professional development providers, district math specialists, and consultants, our members are regularly involved in supporting teachers as they work in their classrooms and with their students. Through this symposium we will examine three avenues which may be employed to help teachers inhance their instructional effectiveness.
We thank everyone who worked hard to make it happen!
Talk descriptions and useful links provided by the presenters are below.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Suzanne H. Chapin

Boston University
School of Education

Linking Pre-Service Teachers' and Students' Understanding of Geometric Measurement
The keynote presentation will focus on the current work surrounding the Elementary Pre-service Teachers Mathematics Project. The goals of the project are to develop and test learning materials and teaching strategies which enhance mathematics content courses for future elementary and special education teachers. These teaching and learning materials help teachers think deeply about geometric measurement and link these concepts to children’s thinking about mathematics. Suzanne Chapin will share examples of tasks, responses by future teachers, and other findings from the project.

Robert Thomas
Boston University

Using Free Web Resources to Support Math Instruction in the K-8 Classroom
A large and growing collection of free online resources is available to the classroom teacher to support mathematics instruction. These resources can help students develop fluency, interact with virtual manipulatives, explore mathematical models, and apply skills in simulated real world activities. The presenter will provide sources of exemplary sites and online tools. Tips on finding, posting and adapting resources will be provided, as well as suggestions for using online resources to help differentiate instruction.

Patricia Emmons
Bridgewater State College
Ralph Paine
Chelsea Public Schools

Beginning Coaching
This session will engage participants in a discussion about getting started with the coaching process. They will participate in a simulated coaching experience, learn about key relationship building, and learn how to take the first steps toward coaching in a positive, successful manner. A first hand research model of a coaching experience will demonstrate getting started and beginning conversations about best practices in the classroom. Lastly, participants will collaborate and develop specific questions that will be discussed in the afternoon session (E).

Douglas Holley
Hingham Public Schools
Leanna Russell
Whitman-Hanson Regional School District
Chris Kalinowski
Mansfield Public Schools
Thomas Gorsuch
Stoughton Public Schools

Common Core State Standards
Panel Discussion
A draft of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics was released in March 2010 and for a few weeks was available for public comment. Massachusetts is one of 48 states collaborating on these standards. The panel will discuss the details of the standards, their possible impact on mathematics education, and the panel's concerns about the draft. Approximately half of the session will be given for questions and for audience members to comment.

Supt. Susan Skeiber
Duxbury Public Schools
Joanne McDonald
Bridgewater State College
Kathleen Buckley
Brockton Public Schools
William Kendall
Braintree Public Schools

Teaching Mathematics for
21st Century Learners (K – 12)

Teaching math today requires a slight adjustment to our traditional methods of instruction. Three districts came together and created change within their teaching and learning environments. During this presentation, we will share our learning experiences, professional development opportunities, and how a simple challenge created a new common vocabulary, new hallway conversations, and a new excitement shared throughout our learning communities. Teacher leaders will gain exposure to free, easily accessible Web 2.0 technologies (Wiggio, Moodle, JING, and more) with focus on the learning of math content while applying 21st Century skills. Samples of teacher developed classroom uses of Web 2.0 will be demonstrated. Participants will walk away with resources, tutorials and innovative ideas to share with teachers in their district.

Patricia Emmons
Bridgewater State College
Ralph Paine
Chelsea Public Schools

Models of Coaching
Coaching is not new to Massachusetts. Several districts around the state have trained teachers or are starting to train teachers or administrators to become math coaches. There are a myriad of coaching models that involve different ideas about coaching. This session will engage participants in various research based models of coaching. The coaching cycle and how it can vary with each model will be addressed. Participants will be encouraged to engage in a question and answer period and discussion around the various models. Participants will also become knowledgeable about various resources available to begin the process of coaching in their district.

Sandra Mayrand
Wendy Cleaves
Regional Science Resource Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Developing Mathematics Learning Communities Focusing on Student Work (K – 8)
This session will focus on the differences between facilitating a professional learning community and providing professional development. The presenters will share a protocol that can be used to assess students’ understanding by analyzing student work samples. Learn how to use this method to identify misconceptions, increase student achievement, and promote collegial conversations. Participants will become members of a model mathematics learning community for a more in-depth look.

MassMATE is an affiliate of Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

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