Welcome to the 2019 MidSchoolMath National Conference! #MidSchoolMath2019

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Thank you for joining us in Santa Fe for our 6th Annual Conference! If you selected your sessions prior to Sunday, 2/24, a print copy of your personalized schedule will be provided in your attendee packet. You’ll also get a daily agenda email from SCHED!

As a reminder, helpful information about traveling to Santa Fe, including airport shuttle services, featured hotels, getting around town, restaurants, and more can be found here.  

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Saturday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
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Rather than strictly following a textbook, we tackle math based solely off the standards. As teachers, we are familiar with what students need to know, so why not share those expectations directly with them? In this session, we'll introduce you in detail to our systems!

To be engaged in their learning, the students spend time individually breaking down the standards on their frequently accessed “I Can” statements. These, along with all of our management tools, are housed in Google Classroom. Students then determine how to tackle the standards in any approach they prefer. There are three classrooms they choose from EVERY day. They may sign up for “small group,” run by a teacher on a specific standard, “independent,” using websites, textbooks, worksheets, or manipulatives to practice solo, or “assessment” to demonstrate their proficiency one-on-one with a teacher.

Each student creates their own assessment and assesses on an individual basis, allowing the teacher to provide immediate feedback. While they assess, their verbal articulation of skill acquisition provides excellent data for us as teachers. The students are also responsible for a great deal of data collection and progress monitoring. They each write a daily log explaining their learning. We respond to these nightly in order to help guide them “picking their path” the next morning. They also record their assessment scores in their own “I Can” form as a way of self-monitoring.

The flexibility of this approach is very beneficial for varied pacing of learners. It allows for solid learning of content, while ensuring a personalized path that works for all students. We really pride ourselves on the fact that we meet the needs of all learning styles and ability levels. One of the biggest strengths of this method is the fact the it teaches students to advocate for their learning. Seeing the newfound confidence in our students. Students that have always “hated” math are now loving it because they understand how THEY learn best.

Note: This is a BYOD session (Bring Your Own Device). Please bring a laptop or tablet and headphones with you to the session.  

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Erin Coggan

6th Grade Teacher, Cherokee Trail Elementary
I received my Bachelor's degree in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado shortly thereafter. I am in my 6th year of teaching and have worked with PK-6th grade. I strive to continually evolve my teaching in order to engage students and build my "toolbox" by attending professional developments... Read More →
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Aubrie Duncan

6th Grade Teacher, Cherokee Trail Elementary
Education has always been a passion for me, starting at a very young age.  My journey started with me earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2005.  Shortly after graduation, I extended my education through the University... Read More →
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Madison Levine

5th Grade Teacher, Cherokee Trail Elementary
My lifelong passion has always been education and I began my path at Florida State University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Before jumping into the classroom, I became a graduate research assistant and worked on a study with elementary students on... Read More →
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Lindsay Tyler

5th Grade Teacher, Cherokee Trail Elementary
I attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated in 2009 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in English. I am currently in my tenth year of teaching and have taught primarily intermediate elementary grade levels (4-6). Four years... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm MST
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  Sessions: Effective Feedback & Assessment
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Our approach to math instruction is completely standards based.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Attendees will gain a new perspective on how to teach math in a personalized way in order to improve student engagement and ownership.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Though some “stand and deliver” presenting will be required, we do take opportunities throughout to provide a chance for attendees to explore the tools and reflect on the current learning.