Welcome to the 2019 MidSchoolMath National Conference! #MidSchoolMath2019

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Saturday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Equations, Expressions, and Embarrassment FULL

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Deep mathematical learning requires a growth mindset and a willingness to take risks. On the other hand, middle school students are at an age where the worst thing in the world is to be embarrassed in front of your peers. We have seen the same students who were fearless risk-takers in 6th grade become stubbornly afraid to be wrong by the time they got to 8th grade.

In this session, we will discuss strategies for open-ended exploration, group work, and class discussion. We will discuss strategies for pushing student thinking, and exploring mistakes, while at the same time being mindful and respectful of the adolescent phase of life. We will use several specific mathematical tasks whose purpose is to write equations and expressions that have meaning in contexts related to geometry and proportional thinking. Most of the session will be spent with participants exploring the mathematics, then exploring pedagogical resources, and finally discussing ways to implement these ideas in their own classrooms.

For the mathematics as well as the pedagogy, we will draw on several federally funded math education projects we have worked on, as well as experiences with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at a small, project-learning-focused charter school.


Allison Conway

Teacher, J Paul Taylor Academy
I work at a K-8 public charter school in Las Cruces, New Mexico where I am a “math department of one” for our middle school program, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math classes. I started my career in bilingual education and taught kindergarten for several years in... Read More →
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Ted Stanford

Associate Professor, New Mexico State University
I am a topologist by temperament and training, which means I have trouble telling the difference between a donut and a coffee cup, or between a five-dollar bill and a ten-dollar bill. I managed to earn a PhD in 1993, after which I had faculty positions at the University of California... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm MST
Sweeney A
  Sessions: Mathematical Mindset & Deeper Learning
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES 6.EE.A.4, 6.RP.A.3, 7.EE.A.2, 7.G.A.1, 8.F.A.2.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? A list of ideas and resources for promoting exploration and learning from mistakes in middle school algebra.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Most of the session will consist of group work and discussion at tables.