Welcome to the 2019 MidSchoolMath National Conference! #MidSchoolMath2019

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Saturday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Productive Mathematic Discussions

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In this session, we'll explore framework that identifies concrete instructional practices to set up productive discussions rooted in student thinking. Through examples, you'll learn to use student work as the starting point for discussions; discussions that are focused on introducing mathematical ideas, highlighting contradictions and misconceptions, and developing or refining understandings.

In addition to the set up and actual discussion, we will explore other aspects needed such as setting clear goals, selecting an appropriate task, and questioning techniques. These instructional practices will help our students learn how to tackle complex problems by thinking, reasoning, and engaging effectively in quantitative problem solving (Smith & Stein, 2011). The anchor for this session is the book Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret Smith and Mary Kay Stein.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Please bring a laptop or tablet with you to this session. You will also need a Gmail (google email) account to use as a log-in for an activity using Pear Deck.  

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Jen Loescher

Middle School Math Trainer, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
Jen Loescher has worked within the Clark County School District for 22 years. In 2018, she joined the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program team as a Middle School Math Project Facilitator. From 2009-2018, she had been serving Sedway Middle School as a Strategist... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm MST
  Sessions: Mathematical Mindset & Deeper Learning
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Math Practice Standards 1,2,3 are the foundation for the use of mathematics discussions in the classroom.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Participants will know the ‘5 Practices’ is an evidence-based approach to instruction and include: anticipating,monitoring,selecting,sequencing,and connecting.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Complex knowledge and skills are learned through social interactions.