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Sessions: Affiliate/Sponsor [clear filter]
Friday, March 1


The Square Abacus: An Introduction
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce a modified abacus and accompanying activities. We will be addressing the special features of this abacus and physically modeling major concepts of middle school math.

The Square Abacus (SA) is a modern twist on an ancient device that is educationally and developmentally appropriate and fully supportive of STEM education. The primary mission of The Square Abacus Session (TSAS) is to promote and encourage an appreciation of mathematics through the use and study of the Square Abacus™ (pat. pend.), a modified student abacus/counting frame, and it's corresponding Practicus© Activities Manual. With it's field of beads oriented in a perfect square, we will model accurate "square" numbers, angles, area models, scaling, other algebraic/geometric principles, and, all operations of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, etc...

TSAS proposes solutions associated with computation skills, student achievement, technology/electronic devices, engagement, confidence, fluency and mastery.

Many abacus/counting frames are used mainly for the four operations of arithmetic, place value and other basic concepts. They vary in the arrangement and total number of beads, based on efficiency and use. The SA is capable of modeling a quality and quantity of concepts that few other manual mathematical tools can. During lessons/meetings/seminars, a "new" or different way to demonstrate a concept is often shared, sometimes involving more than one device. With the simplicity and versatility of movable graph paper, the SA is a solution-oriented manipulative for the elementary and middle school classrooms.

Affiliate/Sponsor Session: The Square Abacus is available for purchase for classrooms, schools and districts.

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Eric LeMasters

Middle School Math Teacher, The Square Abacus Co.
I began my teaching career as adjunct faculty teaching math and science courses at the community college level for two years.  I then taught math and science for six years at a Title I middle school, followed by 5 years as an elementary and middle school math teacher in private school... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 1:25pm - 2:10pm
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Area models involving area & perimeter, scaled area models & dimensions, and the Pythagorean theorem
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Attendees will receive an introduction to The Square Abacus and it's special features.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" The 'sample' lesson(s) for participants will be about 25-30 minutes.


MSM Comprehensive Curriculum: Under the Hood
Limited Capacity seats available

If your school is considering purchasing new curriculum next year, don't miss this session! Not all math curricula is created equal. Under the hood of most curriculum are the same structures that have been used for the past 100 years and put the US in 25th place on international tests.

Learn how MidSchoolMath's Comprehensive Curriculum was built, how it compared to Eureka and Pearson's CMP3 in a head-to-head study, and how it can transform your teaching and classroom.

Affiliate/Sponsor Session: The MidSchoolMath Curriculum is available for purchase for classrooms, schools and districts, providing standards-aligned content for 5th through 8th grade. 

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Ashley Kendall

Director of Accounts, MidSchoolMath
After receiving my Masters in Teaching and Learning from the University of Oregon, I have been happily teaching for the last six years. I have worked at two amazing schools, one in the South Valley of Albuquerque and one here in Santa Fe. My favorite part of being an educator is figuring... Read More →
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Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
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Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 2:25pm - 3:10pm