26th Annual Educator's Conference
Lehman College
Saturday, April 29th, 2017, 8:00 am  1:30 pm
"A Prime Year for Math"
I notice, I wonder: How to get students to think (Grades K  8)

Gamification of your Math Classroom by Christine King (Grades K8)

Workshops
Kinesthetic Strategies to Improve Math Outcomes (K5)
This interactive presentation offers kinesthetic strategies that support the modules, build number sense and critical thinking, and increase a student’s fluency and ability to focus and understand.
Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement
READ It  WRITE It  PICTURE It...The ONLY problem solving system children need! (K5)
This workshop introduces READ It – WRITE It – PICTURE It as the “goto” problem solving approach for students. RWP grows with students…and provides the scaffolding for thinking through any problem!
Patti J. Dieck & Christopher J. Sarlo, Conceptual Learning Association
Targeted Assistance: Providing the Right Help for EACH Struggling Math Student (K5)
This workshop introduces 5 Common Deficits experienced by struggling math students. Remediation is personalized as teachers explore the characteristics of, and success strategies for, each deficit.
Patti J. Dieck & Christopher J. Sarlo, Conceptual Learning Association
Building Number Sense: Creating a Playground of Numbers in the K–5 Classroom (K5)
Build a playground of numbers using standardsbased games and stories designed to enhance the mathematical practice standards and support and excite all learners. Explore games, stories and other math motivators that make learning meaningful and fun.
Lynda Brennan, R.P. Connor Elementary
Boost Student Achievement with Math Buddy Programs and MathAThons (K8)
Boost achievement with fun movementbased project:
Math Buddies (older students teach younger students) and Mathathons (a game where students –or student teams solve a large number of problems).
Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement
The Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions (K8)
The “Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions” is a pedagogical model that specifies five key practices teachers can learn where they use student responses to rigorous learning tasks more effectively in math discussions. These five practices include carefully curated and purposeful teacher moves involving anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and making connections between student responses. When implemented effectively, these five practices serve as a powerful and unique, inquirybased discussion model tailored to engaging students in discussing the big ideas in math that transforms the classroom from the teacherled to the studentdriven classroom. Solution paths are explored as students approach them through multiple entry points. Teachers strive to make sense of how students understand the task and begin to align students’ disparate ideas and approaches with canonical understandings about the nature of math. Teachers will be shown how a typical discussion based on a cognitively challenging task could be improved through the use of the five practices, proper scaffolds, and productive disciplinary engagement. The closure of this workshop will involve discussing how these practices can make discussionbased pedagogy manageable for more teachers across grade bands.
Nicole Lent & Daniel Russo, PS 294
Gamification of your Math Classroom Using Grid Games (K8)
This workshop focuses on the use of simple game structures that can be adapted and used for the entire school year to promote fluency, student engagement, collaboration and discourse. Grid games are highly adaptable and require very little, if any, setup time. This workshop will specifically focus on using grid games structures to deepen conceptual understanding the big math idea of equivalence.
Christine King, CKingEducation
I Notice, I Wonder: How to Get Students Think (K8)
Teachers often mention that their students get easily frustrated when trying to problem solve because they don't know what to do. It might be because students tend to jump into finding an answer without truly comprehending the problem. The Notice & Wonder protocol encourages students to make sense of the problems and persevere in solving them by allowing them to explore, question and discuss a visual image. These sensemaking activities provide the student with the information and tools needed to then engage with the problem.
Tammy LaGuarina, Bronx Borough Field Support Center
Mindset Matters: Creating a Classroom Culture that Supports Perseverance (K8)
After several years of teaching math in grades 3  6, I noticed a consistent pattern within my classroom each year; some students would approach challenging math tasks with fervor and excitement, while many of them would become overwhelmed and frustrated. I began to wonder: What was the root of this difference? How could I support my students who were giving up to develop habits of perseverance? I discovered growth mindset and the work of Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler.
According to Carol Dweck, "In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work  brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment." The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to assess their own personal mindsets as well as to explore lessons and activities that can be utilizes in the classroom to increase motivation, effort and perseverance as well as support students in embracing mistakes, setbacks and failure as essential to the learning process. Participants will leave the workshop with many resources including read alouds titles, video lists, lessons, activities, routines and ideas to create a growth mindset in their own classroom.
Bernadette Wilson, AmPark Neighborhood School
Test Prep can Be Fun! Have fun with the standards (35)
Through the use of body movement and blended learning students can have fun with test preparation.
Maria Almeida, Icahn Charter School 6
Using Computer Aided Design to explore Area and Perimeter – STEAM (312)
Using properties of basic shapes to create and analyze complex shapes, while designing STEAMbased products to experiment with these properties. Area, Perimeter, Coordinate Geometry, Riemann Sum, CAD.
Eldrid Sequeira, Dimension Learning
Developing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics Using Representations and Models (68)
High level tasks using real world examples can make meaningful connections between models and representations. Take back to your classroom readytouse activities that empower your students.
Tom Beatini, Union City Public Schools
SCAFFOLDING with a Twist (68)
Scaffolding techniques fill the academic gap and move students progressively toward stronger understanding and ultimately on  grade level status. This presentation highlights original state of the art, ready to use, strategies and activities that motivate and strengthen conceptual understanding, promote critical thinking and foster academic achievement.
Marion Hutchinson, ABGS MIDDLE
When Are We Ever Gonna Use This Math? (612)
Math broadens career choice and helps students embrace reasoning and problemsolving skills while building confidence and persistence. While many will not major in science or engineering, all students benefit from the challenge and discipline of Math including attending to precision and strengthening logic and persistence – assets in high school, college and the workplace. This perspective can help parents and teachers lead their children and students through the process of learning and enjoying Math.
Robin Schwartz, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Formulating Conjectures: Discovering Geometry through Patty Paper (612)
During this session, you will explore ways to engage students while they formulate their own conjectures! Topics from vertical angles, to transformations to triangle proofs will be explored. You will leave this hands on session with tools and ideas to immediately implement in your classroom!
Stephanie Sheehan, Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
Are You Sure it's a Triangle?  A HandsOn Exploration of Geometry & Probability (612)
An inquiry based, handson mathematics activity and investigation that emphasizes connections made between Geometry and Probability. The concepts explored include the study of triangles with respect to their construction, measurement, dimensions, patterns, equations, and application of the Pythagorean Theorem. All of the topics explored are synchronous to the vision and intent of the NYS Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics involving application problems that encourage critical thinking and reasoning along with fluency and coherence through skill and concept development in geometric principles and probability theory.
William Farber, Mercy College
Advanced Algebra with Financial ApplicationsA 3rd or 4th Year Math Credit For All (912)
Statistics, treig, geometry, probability, algebra 2 and precalculus topic are used to cover banking, credit, Ginctrome taxes, auto insurance, home ownership, investing, and more! Free textbook to attendees.
Robert Gerver, North Shore HS
Exploring the Connection Between Sequences and Composition of Functions (912)
See how handheld technology promotes algebraic thinking and a deeper understanding of recursive sequences, functions, and limits to help students move from algebra to calculus.
Tom Beatini, Union City Public Schools
Picture This (912)
In this session, participants will use functions and relations to create wholeclass graphing mosaics. Watch your classroom come alive by using collaboration, creative problem solving and student intercommunication. Using the TINspireTM CX handheld and TINspireTM CX NavigatorTM System, participants will experience wholeclass problembased learning. Some elements to be presented will include transformations of functions; systems of equations; geometric figures; domains and ranges; inequalities; student communication; and wholeclass collaboration.
Brad Posnanski, Comsewogue High School
Special Education Techniques To Enhance Learning (912)
Looking for new teaching strategies to improve student learning? Participants will be introduced to Special Education teaching techniques that can be utilized to enhance student learning in the classroom.
Aimee Safian, Syosset High School
KnowledgeBuilding (KB) with Math (912)
All over the world, students are doing KB: they collaborate and inquire, in order to innovate and to understand. Together, we will engage with math as systems: tools and parts, plans and explanations.
Peter G. Hayes, Roslyn Public Schools
This interactive presentation offers kinesthetic strategies that support the modules, build number sense and critical thinking, and increase a student’s fluency and ability to focus and understand.
Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement
READ It  WRITE It  PICTURE It...The ONLY problem solving system children need! (K5)
This workshop introduces READ It – WRITE It – PICTURE It as the “goto” problem solving approach for students. RWP grows with students…and provides the scaffolding for thinking through any problem!
Patti J. Dieck & Christopher J. Sarlo, Conceptual Learning Association
Targeted Assistance: Providing the Right Help for EACH Struggling Math Student (K5)
This workshop introduces 5 Common Deficits experienced by struggling math students. Remediation is personalized as teachers explore the characteristics of, and success strategies for, each deficit.
Patti J. Dieck & Christopher J. Sarlo, Conceptual Learning Association
Building Number Sense: Creating a Playground of Numbers in the K–5 Classroom (K5)
Build a playground of numbers using standardsbased games and stories designed to enhance the mathematical practice standards and support and excite all learners. Explore games, stories and other math motivators that make learning meaningful and fun.
Lynda Brennan, R.P. Connor Elementary
Boost Student Achievement with Math Buddy Programs and MathAThons (K8)
Boost achievement with fun movementbased project:
Math Buddies (older students teach younger students) and Mathathons (a game where students –or student teams solve a large number of problems).
Suzy Koontz, Math & Movement
The Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions (K8)
The “Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions” is a pedagogical model that specifies five key practices teachers can learn where they use student responses to rigorous learning tasks more effectively in math discussions. These five practices include carefully curated and purposeful teacher moves involving anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and making connections between student responses. When implemented effectively, these five practices serve as a powerful and unique, inquirybased discussion model tailored to engaging students in discussing the big ideas in math that transforms the classroom from the teacherled to the studentdriven classroom. Solution paths are explored as students approach them through multiple entry points. Teachers strive to make sense of how students understand the task and begin to align students’ disparate ideas and approaches with canonical understandings about the nature of math. Teachers will be shown how a typical discussion based on a cognitively challenging task could be improved through the use of the five practices, proper scaffolds, and productive disciplinary engagement. The closure of this workshop will involve discussing how these practices can make discussionbased pedagogy manageable for more teachers across grade bands.
Nicole Lent & Daniel Russo, PS 294
Gamification of your Math Classroom Using Grid Games (K8)
This workshop focuses on the use of simple game structures that can be adapted and used for the entire school year to promote fluency, student engagement, collaboration and discourse. Grid games are highly adaptable and require very little, if any, setup time. This workshop will specifically focus on using grid games structures to deepen conceptual understanding the big math idea of equivalence.
Christine King, CKingEducation
I Notice, I Wonder: How to Get Students Think (K8)
Teachers often mention that their students get easily frustrated when trying to problem solve because they don't know what to do. It might be because students tend to jump into finding an answer without truly comprehending the problem. The Notice & Wonder protocol encourages students to make sense of the problems and persevere in solving them by allowing them to explore, question and discuss a visual image. These sensemaking activities provide the student with the information and tools needed to then engage with the problem.
Tammy LaGuarina, Bronx Borough Field Support Center
Mindset Matters: Creating a Classroom Culture that Supports Perseverance (K8)
After several years of teaching math in grades 3  6, I noticed a consistent pattern within my classroom each year; some students would approach challenging math tasks with fervor and excitement, while many of them would become overwhelmed and frustrated. I began to wonder: What was the root of this difference? How could I support my students who were giving up to develop habits of perseverance? I discovered growth mindset and the work of Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler.
According to Carol Dweck, "In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work  brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment." The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to assess their own personal mindsets as well as to explore lessons and activities that can be utilizes in the classroom to increase motivation, effort and perseverance as well as support students in embracing mistakes, setbacks and failure as essential to the learning process. Participants will leave the workshop with many resources including read alouds titles, video lists, lessons, activities, routines and ideas to create a growth mindset in their own classroom.
Bernadette Wilson, AmPark Neighborhood School
Test Prep can Be Fun! Have fun with the standards (35)
Through the use of body movement and blended learning students can have fun with test preparation.
Maria Almeida, Icahn Charter School 6
Using Computer Aided Design to explore Area and Perimeter – STEAM (312)
Using properties of basic shapes to create and analyze complex shapes, while designing STEAMbased products to experiment with these properties. Area, Perimeter, Coordinate Geometry, Riemann Sum, CAD.
Eldrid Sequeira, Dimension Learning
Developing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics Using Representations and Models (68)
High level tasks using real world examples can make meaningful connections between models and representations. Take back to your classroom readytouse activities that empower your students.
Tom Beatini, Union City Public Schools
SCAFFOLDING with a Twist (68)
Scaffolding techniques fill the academic gap and move students progressively toward stronger understanding and ultimately on  grade level status. This presentation highlights original state of the art, ready to use, strategies and activities that motivate and strengthen conceptual understanding, promote critical thinking and foster academic achievement.
Marion Hutchinson, ABGS MIDDLE
When Are We Ever Gonna Use This Math? (612)
Math broadens career choice and helps students embrace reasoning and problemsolving skills while building confidence and persistence. While many will not major in science or engineering, all students benefit from the challenge and discipline of Math including attending to precision and strengthening logic and persistence – assets in high school, college and the workplace. This perspective can help parents and teachers lead their children and students through the process of learning and enjoying Math.
Robin Schwartz, College of Mount Saint Vincent
Formulating Conjectures: Discovering Geometry through Patty Paper (612)
During this session, you will explore ways to engage students while they formulate their own conjectures! Topics from vertical angles, to transformations to triangle proofs will be explored. You will leave this hands on session with tools and ideas to immediately implement in your classroom!
Stephanie Sheehan, Lavelle Preparatory Charter School
Are You Sure it's a Triangle?  A HandsOn Exploration of Geometry & Probability (612)
An inquiry based, handson mathematics activity and investigation that emphasizes connections made between Geometry and Probability. The concepts explored include the study of triangles with respect to their construction, measurement, dimensions, patterns, equations, and application of the Pythagorean Theorem. All of the topics explored are synchronous to the vision and intent of the NYS Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics involving application problems that encourage critical thinking and reasoning along with fluency and coherence through skill and concept development in geometric principles and probability theory.
William Farber, Mercy College
Advanced Algebra with Financial ApplicationsA 3rd or 4th Year Math Credit For All (912)
Statistics, treig, geometry, probability, algebra 2 and precalculus topic are used to cover banking, credit, Ginctrome taxes, auto insurance, home ownership, investing, and more! Free textbook to attendees.
Robert Gerver, North Shore HS
Exploring the Connection Between Sequences and Composition of Functions (912)
See how handheld technology promotes algebraic thinking and a deeper understanding of recursive sequences, functions, and limits to help students move from algebra to calculus.
Tom Beatini, Union City Public Schools
Picture This (912)
In this session, participants will use functions and relations to create wholeclass graphing mosaics. Watch your classroom come alive by using collaboration, creative problem solving and student intercommunication. Using the TINspireTM CX handheld and TINspireTM CX NavigatorTM System, participants will experience wholeclass problembased learning. Some elements to be presented will include transformations of functions; systems of equations; geometric figures; domains and ranges; inequalities; student communication; and wholeclass collaboration.
Brad Posnanski, Comsewogue High School
Special Education Techniques To Enhance Learning (912)
Looking for new teaching strategies to improve student learning? Participants will be introduced to Special Education teaching techniques that can be utilized to enhance student learning in the classroom.
Aimee Safian, Syosset High School
KnowledgeBuilding (KB) with Math (912)
All over the world, students are doing KB: they collaborate and inquire, in order to innovate and to understand. Together, we will engage with math as systems: tools and parts, plans and explanations.
Peter G. Hayes, Roslyn Public Schools