MAMT PD DAY 2017

Manitoba Association of Mathematics Teachers

Driving Your Math Class: It’s Worth the Trip!

Steinbach Regional Secondary School

190 McKenzie Avenue
Steinbach, Manitoba, R5G 0P1
Phone: (204) 326-6426

Program

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM Check-in and Exhibitors Displays open

9:00 – 10:00 AM Keynote Addresses

10:00 – 10:30 AM Break/Browse Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:45 AM Morning Session

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch (purchase onsite ticket or on your own)

1:15 – 2:30 PM Afternoon Session

2:30 – 2:40 PM Transition

2:40 -3:00 PM MAMT Information/Prize Draws

Session Codes

** An A in a code = morning; P in a code = afternoon

KAn: Keynote, n = address number
EAn or EPn: Early Years, n = session number; Grades K-5
EMAn or EMPn: Early/Middle Years, n = session number; Grades K-8
EMSAn or EMSPn: Early/Middle/Senior Years, n = session number; Grades K-12
MAn or MPn: Middle Years, n = session number; Grades 6-8
MSAn or MSPn: Middle/Senior Years, n = session number; Grades 6-12
SAn or SPn: Senior Years, n = session number; Grades 9-12

Example: EMA3 = morning (10:30 – 11:45) early-middle years session number three

Keynotes

This year, MAMT is offering four keynote addresses. Speakers will be Gale Russell, Jon Orr, Carole Bilyk and Martha Koch. The keynote speakers will also be doing breakout sessions in both the morning and afternoon.

01KA1 – The Courage to Teach Mathematics: Discarding Media Myths & Enacting Research-based Approaches
Dr. Martha J. Koch
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mathematics teaching and learning is often the subject of intense public scrutiny. It takes courage to teach mathematics in the midst of ongoing media coverage, extensive standardized testing, and changing perspectives about the most effective ways to teach. Whether you are teaching Grade 2 mathematics for the first time or have been a high school mathematics teacher for many years, the task can seem quite daunting. In this presentation, Dr. Koch will begin by discussing a few recurring myths about mathematics teaching and learning. Then, drawing on current mathematics education research, including some of her own studies, she will suggest alternatives to these myths and highlight some resources that can be helpful for teachers caught in these polarized debates and shifting political agendas. The presentation is intended to support all teachers as they try to meet the needs of their students and navigate this difficult terrain.


02KA2 – Kinds of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing that are of Value in Mathematics and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Dr. Gale Russell
University of Regina, Regina Saskatchewan

What kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing are valued in mathematics and the teaching and learning of mathematics?  Does it need to be this way?  This keynote will outline two worldviews, which, when used to view mathematics and the teaching and learning of mathematics as we have experienced it and think about it, can help identify our current limitations and provide access to other possibilities for both us as teachers and for our students (and society).


03KA3 – Being Picky and Making Math Moments that Matter
Jon Orr
John McGregor Secondary School, Chatham, Ontario
Website: http://mrorr-isageek.com

What makes a memorable math moment? Is it a real world task? Is it relevant to your students? Is it media-rich or delivered in 3 acts? I believe it is much more than that. Join Jon to help tear apart a math lesson to uncover the components that lead to more memorable math moments during each class.


04KA4 – Mental Math Across the Grades
Carole Bilyk
St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Why is the Mental Math process emphasized so strongly in Mathematics Education? The answer is clear. When one’s ability to mentally calculate numeric values using the basic arithmetic operations becomes automatic, one’s ability to solve mathematical problems is significantly enhanced. Imagine trying to find a lowest common denominator when adding two fractions. Is it not easier if one knows multiplication facts? What about when learning to add or subtract multi-digit amounts? Would knowing the addition and corresponding subtraction facts to 18 not help?

In this keynote, Carole will walk teachers through Mental Math activities designed to build computational fluency from Kindergarten right through to Grade 12. Teachers will leave with an understanding of why particular early and middle years Mental Math activities are effective to prepare students for high school Mental Math.

Morning Sessions

Early Years

05EA1 (Grades K-5)
Examining the Levels of Discourse to Enhance Number Talks
Denise Smith

Teachers will learn how to build upon their number talks routine by examining the levels of discourse to create number talk lessons that allow their students to investigate and build a deeper understanding of the mathematics behind the strategies.


06EA2 (Grades 1-4) (SESSION FULL)
Mental Math and Estimation – Moving Beyond Facts and the Estimation Jar for Grades 1-4
Dianne Soltess, Pat Steuart

This session will focus on instructional and assessment strategies related to mental math and estimation for Grades 1- 4 with a particular focus on classroom routines.


07EA3 (Grades K-5) 
Opening Word Problems
Tanya Lemoine, Monaliza Vianzon, Cindy Westra

Based on the Jo Boaler’s research, this session explores how to develop growth mindsets in elementary students. Participants will learn how traditional math methodology favours a closed mindset, leading to anxiety and frustration for all learners. Boaler proposes the growth mindset – beliefs and practices that make learning in mathematics accessible to everyone.

Then, using Dr. Marian Small’s work, participants will explore how to open word problems for their students in order to make them accessible for all learners. Bring in your own assignments, as the session will end by giving participants the opportunity to open their word problems, or even create new ones.


08EA4 (Grades K-2) (SESSION FULL)
Developing a Sense for Numbers
Carmella Crawford, AIMS Educational Consultants

Number Sense is essentially the foundation on which all mathematics is founded.  In this session, we will use hand-on tasks to give students opportunities to become fluent with adding and subtracting a set of five through composing and decomposing.  These tasks can be expanded to higher levels moving from Families of 5 to Families of 20.  Play is another method that can be used to foster development of number concepts and number sense vocabulary.  By acting out number stories, children experience comparing, counting, addition/subtraction and problem-solving scenarios in a bodily kinesthetic way.  When young children begin by ‘doing’ and ‘saying,’ they can more easily transition to the abstract assignment of numbers and symbols.  Come and enjoy AIMS tasks that will be fun, engaging, enriching and easily adapted upon returning to your classroom.


09EA5 – (Grades K-5)
Numbers scare kids. Activities to change that.
Danielle Rombough, Arnold Tutoring Incorporated (Vendor Session)

Too often we hear students as young as six say they “hate math.” As tutors, we focus on developing confidence and comfort with numbers using lots of practice, games and activities. At this session, participants will learn and share ideas in an open forum for encouraging number sense and building strategies for mental math, specifically for students in Pre-K to Grade 4. To learn from the best (you!), we ask participants to bring their favourite activities or games that they use in their classroom to improve number sense. Participants will play games from Arnold Tutoring – games that have been tried and tested with teachers, students and parents. Finally, attendees will get a sneak peek of the new A Cubed activity boxes developed by Arnold Tutoring for parents and teachers of elementary aged students.


10EA6 (Grades K-2) (Limit: 15 participants)
Dissecting Digi-Blocks
Belinda Hammond, Dawn Gunter

Digi-Blocks are powerful tools for instilling a deep mathematical understanding. Discover how to incorporate Digi-Blocks into your classroom though collaboration and exploration.


Early/Middle Years

11EMA1 (Grades K-8)
Effective Modeling of Strategies on Number Lines
Jay Mackenzie

Too many of our students develop Number Non-Sense when their work is recorded without effective and accurate models. This is best addressed by returning to our Curriculum document and its use of the words, “Concretely, Pictorially and Symbolically”. The natural flow of these words tend to be easier said than done due to what we experienced as students ourselves.
In this workshop we will discuss the application of research in this area and model quality practices that can easily be embedded in the classroom. We will be “Making Connections” between “Mental Math and Estimation”, “Number Sense” and “Problem Solving” by practising modeling with a variety of number lines.


12EMA2 (Grades 3-8)
Expeditionary Learning: Adventures for Inclusive Mathematics Learning
Glenys MacLeod

A mathematical adventure provides students with opportunities to explore, to wonder, to question, to research, to solve and to draw conclusions. This session examines how we can support students as they learn mathematics through experience and inquiry. Participants will explore examples of experiential learning projects and lessons that value inclusion, creativity, diversity of talent, imagination and collaboration. We’ll see how a trip to a hardware store, a pet store, a local food bank, the zoo, a skate park, a football stadium and even a grocery store offer countless opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of key mathematical concepts. Students who learn through experience and inquiry recognize that mathematics is not a collection of unrelated facts and answers rather it is an ever expanding adventure that reaches well beyond the four walls of our classroom.


13EMA3 (Grades 3-6)
All My “Xs” (and “Ys” ) Live in Texas
Sandy Margetts

This “Hands-On Equations” workshop will empower teachers to understand and use the visual, kinesthetic, and pictorial teaching methodology to successfully present essential algebraic concepts to students in Grades 3-6. Balancing equations with the unknown on both sides of the equal sign becomes child’s play!


14EMA4 (Grades 3-8)
Developing Mathematical Thinkers Through Problem Solving
Deanna Matthys, Nicole Vinet

In the context of thinking about the mathematical mindsets of middle years students, this session will focus on why it is important to design lessons with rich problem solving content in order to develop curiosity, positive attitudes and ultimately strong skills in math. Participants will dive into rich problems (such as “Three Act Problems”), discovering how to begin with the context in order to develop conceptual understanding. This session is an encore from 2016.


15EMA5 (Grades K-8)
Leveling the Playing Field
Lisa Page, Dayna Quinn-Lafleche

One of the hardest things for teachers to do is to involve all students in a learning activity so everyone can learn, think, work, and achieve regardless of their level of understanding. Participants will explore a number of different ideas and activities which allow access for all students. Teachers will learn about different ways to structure a lesson to enhance conceptual understanding and engage learners throughout a lesson.


16EMA6 (Grades K-8)
Responding When Students Are Not Learning
Nancy Bargen, Gwen Payonk

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a paradigm belief system that all students can achieve at their highest level in a collaborative setting. There are many frameworks of this model but at St. Andrews School we have adopted the Four Essential Guiding Principles as outlined by Buffum, Mattos, and Weber. During this session Gwen and Nancy will present on their experiences with Collective Responsibility, Concentrated Instruction, Convergent Assessment, and Certain Access and how these 4 C’s relate to responding when students are not learning.


17EMA7 (Grades 1-8)
Causing Problems in Classs
Bob Beaudry

This workshop will focus on using engaging problem solving to build on student understanding and meet math outcomes from Grades 1-8. There will be connections made to report cards, differentiation, teacher and student strategies, and some open-ended stuff. Come ready to talk in class, argue, copy each other’s work, and engage in other disruptive and problematic classroom behaviour.


18EMA8 (Grades 3-8) 
Soctrative-Math Engage
Hosni Azzabi

Socrative is a great tool to engage students. In this session, you will experience what it takes to quickly create quizzes, games and polls. Instantly track the progress of your students and generate an individual and/or group reports. Set the quizzes at the students` pace, teacher`s pace, or a Space Race. Students love it because it`s fun and teachers like it because it`s free and very easy to use. By the end of the session, you will create your own account and you are ready to integrate Socrative in your Math class. Please bring your laptop or iPad to create your account and try Socrative yourself. You can use the web application (nothing to install) or you can have the app.


19EMA9 (Grades 3-8)
Fractions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Neil Dempsey

Of all the topics in Early and Middle Years math, fractions remain the most difficult to teach and the most difficult for students to learn. In this session, you will come to look at fractions in a new light as we discuss ways in which you can make this topic meaningful, connected, and yes…enjoyable!


20 EMA10 – (Grades 3-8)
 3-Act Tasks
Charmaine Mackid

Have you heard of using 3-Act Tasks in the math classroom but haven’t had the chance to explore the method? This introductory session is for anyone with little or no experience with this teaching method that combines inquiry and student-centered philosophies to bring out the real mathematicians in all of our students. Participants will experience some tasks themselves, be shown resources and be given some next steps to further pursue incorporation into their classrooms.


21EMA11 – (Grades 3-8)
Math in Classic Games
Michael Chartrand

Ever wonder why everyone seems to land on Boardwalk around the same time in Monopoly? This workshop will focus on the math involved in playing some classic board and card games. Participants will have an opportunity to practice math-rich conversations while exploring the games.


Early/Middle/Senior Years

22EMSA1 (Grades K-12; this is a two session workshop, morning and afternoon, which will continue as EMSP1)
Exploring Algebraic Thinking Across the Grades
Dr. Martha Koch and Laura Masterson

This workshop, designed for elementary and secondary teachers, focuses on the ways that algebraic thinking develops from Grades K – 12. We will look at key algebraic concepts that are developed in the early years and see how they connect to algebraic thinking in the middle and higher grades. We will be working with the Manitoba curriculum, algebraic tasks that can be done at many levels, examples of student work, and classroom videos. Looking at algebraic thinking across the grades will also help you see the many ways that algebra connects to other mathematics concepts. We think you will leave the workshop with some exciting new ideas about teaching algebra!


23EMSA2 (Grades K-12; this workshop will build upon Keynote KA2 and connect to afternoon session EMSP2; attendance at KA2 is not necessary, nor is it necessary to attend this session before attending EMSP2)
Mathematics and Social Justice through Worldview Connections
Dr. Gale Russell

Many teachers, textbooks, schools, and school divisions have been focusing on using social justice issues as the context for much learning about and doing of mathematics.  However, are our classrooms, content, and pedagogical content socially just?  This break-out session continues on with the explorations of the two worldviews introduced in the keynote session and how they might, can, and do impact mathematics teaching and learning, student and teacher mathematical confidence and competence, and student mathematics achievement.  Attendance at the keynote session is not necessary for being able to take part in this session.


24EMSA3 (Grades K-12)
Start a Math Fight!!!
Jon Orr

Get ready to start a fight in your classroom. Not a real fight, a math fight, it’s better!!! Get your students actively estimating, questioning, discussing, and defending their insights not with the teacher, but with each other. During this session you’ll get access to resources that encourage discourse and discussion and experience how they are used in math class. Be prepared to have your students argue… about math!!


25EMSA4 (Grades 3-10)
Engagement through Innovation: The Math Experience to Maximize Your Students’ Potential
Arnold Cohn, Matthew Brunel-Douglas; Sky Zone Trampoline Park (Vendor Session)

Are you having difficulty engaging students and building a connection between what you’re teaching them and every day application? Sky Zone Winnipeg has integrated their exclusive trampoline experience with unique programming designed to help connect modern lesson plans with safe, active, healthy, fun.

Sky Zone understands that engaging students and connecting them to what they are being taught is becoming much more difficult for educators today. We also understand that children and teenagers today are much less likely to be active than in the past. Our Sky Zone education experiences combine the modern curriculum with our core values of safe, active, healthy fun. These experiences encourage children to learn by doing and to be active in the process.

This breakout session paints the picture of how Sky Zone’s experience-based field trips provide the perfect balance of education and fun. Your students will go home clearly understanding the concepts demonstrated in their Sky Zone Experience and ready to apply those concepts in the class room.

We look forward to welcoming you to this session. (We have a special gift package for those of you who attend!)


26EMSA5 (Grades K-12)
The Mathletics Advantage
Greg Foster, Payal Agarwal; 3P Learning (Vendor session)

Learn how this world-wide online math program can ignite learning in your Manitoba classroom. Over 5 million students across the world love learning with Mathletics. The program can inspire and motivate students to achieve better results and empower teachers in the classroom. Get a sneak peek into the future of Mathletics and take a look at the successes of schools using Mathletics across Manitoba. We will introduce Mathletics for K-High School and highlight the programs many resourceful rich tools for learning and teaching, including:

  • Targeted and adaptive activities aligned to MB curriculum
  • Online tools for students and teachers aligned to MB curriculum
  • MB diagnostic assessments for grades 2-9
  • Dr. Marian Small’s ‘Rich Learning Tasks’
  • Differentiating features and personalized learning pathways
  • Customized lesson plans
  • Printable eBooks
  • Powerful reporting for student success!

27EMSA6 (Grades K-12)
Discovering Quantitative Literacy
Brian Beaudrie, Barbara Boschmans

What is quantitative literacy? Why is it important? What should we be doing to help our students become quantitatively literate?  These questions and more will be answered in this hands-on, minds-on workshop designed to help you develop the quantitative reasoning abilities in students at all grade levels.


Middle Years

28MA1 (Grades 6-8)
Inquiry and Numeracy
Paul Betts

This session will present classroom inquiries intended to facilitate children’s foundational experiences with the big ideas of numeracy, especially all elements of proportional reasoning. Inquiry is framed by open-ended and rich tasks which differentiate mathematical thinking. Proportional thinking includes topics such as fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and rates.


29MA2 (Grade 8) (Limit 25)
Grade 8 Math Tips
John Crupi, Linda McDougall

In this session, participants will take part in a variety of useful, hands-on activities that have been successful in a Grade 8 Math classroom and can be used immediately.


Middle/Senior Years 

30MSA1 (Grades 6-12)
How Fundamental Concepts of Arithmetic Can Keep Your Credit Card Number Secure Online
Narad Rampersad

Many modern encryption schemes that are currently used to secure personal information online are based on basic concepts of arithmetic taught from the K-12 curriculum, such as “prime factorization”, “division with remainder”, and “greatest common divisor.”  In this session we give a brief introduction to how these ideas of basic arithmetic are used to encrypt private information.


31MSA2 (Grades 7-12)
Five Practices for Productive Math Discussions
Joanne Nemetchek, Evan Janzen Roth

Participants will discover the 5 practices and have an opportunity to participate in “RICH” tasks. Materials will be provided so that teachers can implement the practices immediately. 


Senior Years

32SA1 (Grades 9-12)
Student-Generated Problem Project
David Long

The Exploration Project is an opportunity for students to create and solve their own mathematical problem. This session will describe the scope of the assignment, and participants will have the chance to look at a few exemplars, and to ask about problems, limitations and advantages of the projections and advantages of using such a project.


33SA2 (Grades 9-12)
Problem Solving Using CEMC Resources
Sherri Burroughs, Carole Bilyk

Do you want to incorporate more problem solving in your high school mathematics classroom? Would you like your school to participate more fully in mathematics contests to help motivate students make connections and think critically? BYOD – we’ll be exploring the CEMC website and all it has to offer to Senior Years teachers.


34SA3 (Grades 9-12)
Using a Graphic Novel to Enhance an Understanding of a Math Function
Gene Kirichenko

How can a high school math teacher make use of a “math story” in the classroom? The story, non-fictional or fictional, can be a strong attention grabber. As well, it can be used as a way to enhance learning. An exemplar of a graphic novel will be shared that develops what a function is, and eight development functional areas will be considered. Lastly, teachers will be challenged to come up with their own fictional math story line.


35SA4 (Grades 9-12)
Trig Unplugged
Bruce Waters

When students are expanding their trig knowledge to Quadrant II (in order to work with the Sine and Cosine Laws involving obtuse angles), there are two schools of thought out there: the “right triangle-CAST Rule” method and the “terminal arm-P(x,y)” method. This session will consider both methods and will show why the latter is based on more sound mathematical reasoning. We will also consider how the “terminal arm-P(x,y)” method has a seamless transition to future applications in subsequent Mathematics courses. This session is relevant to all high school Math courses but the future applications are only relevant to Pre-Calculus 30S and 40S as we move into Quadrants III and IV.


36SA5 (Grades 9-12)
Making Thinking Visible Through Mathematical Discourse
Ian Donnelly

Formative assessment of your students can occur if you know what they are thinking.  Students can assess themselves when they hear what other students are thinking.   In this session you will learn what the NCTM and others have to say about the role of student discourse in making thinking visible.  You will look at questions that can be asked and strategies that can be used to promote meaningful mathematics discussions in the Senior Years classroom (e.g. Number Talks, Graphing Stories, Desmos activities).


37SA6 (Grade 12)
Preparing Students for the Grade 12 Essential Math Achievement Test
Allison Potter, Chris Burns, Nicole Stewart

This session is geared towards teachers new to teaching Grade 12 Essential Math. Various topics will be discussed such as the development of the provincial assessment, connections between the curriculum and the assessment, how to prepare students for the assessment, and various resources used in the classroom.


38SA7 (Grades 9-12)
Custom Math Help Beyond 3:30
Mike Arnold, Arnold Tutoring Incorporated (Vendor Session)

An open discussion about how teachers provide their students with individualized help outside of regular class hours. What do students want from extra help? How do you offer extra help beyond the classroom? How could more students take advantage of your help?

There will also be a demo of the new AT Now app, which provides expert one-on-one math tutoring, completely mobile, whenever a student is stuck on a question. We’ll discuss how this app can be a great resource for teachers, save time, and ultimately help students succeed in math.

Afternoon Sessions

Early Years

39EP1 (Grades K-5) (SESSION FULL)
Opening Word Problems
Tanya Lemoine, Monaliza Vianzon, Cindy Westra

Based on the Jo Boaler’s research, this session explores how to develop growth mindsets in elementary students. Participants will learn how traditional math methodology favours a closed mindset, leading to anxiety and frustration for all learners. Boaler proposes the growth mindset – beliefs and practices that make learning in mathematics accessible to everyone.


40EP2 (Grades K-5) (SESSION FULL)
Double Dare You
Sandy Margetts

“Double Dare You” is the latest book written by Jane Felling of Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks. At this hands-on workshop participants will have an opportunity to experience the countless ways double dice can be used to engage learners in the teaching of a myriad of mathematical concepts. This workshop will show you how the ‘math is sitting inside the dice’ just ready to come out.


41EP3 (Grades K-5)
Cross-Number Discover Puzzles and Games: Teaching Tools in Disguise
Dianne Soltess, Pat Steuart

Cross-Number Discovery Puzzles & Games are not only engaging but they promote meaningful learning. Based on the developmental steps all children go through as they learn about early number sense, these puzzles and games allow educators to locate where children are in their learning and move them forward. Participants will have the opportunity to try out a selection of the puzzles and games and realize that they really are teaching tools in disguise.


42EP4 (Grades 1-3)
The Development of Addition and Subtraction Math Facts
Sherry Perih

The session will focus on the big ideas of the addition and subtraction math fact development from Grades 1-3. The session will explore unpacking the outcomes associated with this concept and how some games and tasks explore the development of the math facts.


43EP5 (Grades K-5)
Numbers scare kids. Activities to change that.
Danielle Rombough, Arnold Tutoring Incorporated (Vendor Session)

Too often we hear students as young as six say they “hate math.” As tutors, we focus on developing confidence and comfort with numbers using lots of practice, games and activities. At this session, participants will learn and share ideas in an open forum for encouraging number sense and building strategies for mental math, specifically for students in Pre-K to Grade 4. To learn from the best (you!), we ask participants to bring their favourite activities or games that they use in their classroom to improve number sense. Participants will play games from Arnold Tutoring – games that have been tried and tested with teachers, students and parents. Finally, attendees will get a sneak peek of the new A Cubed activity boxes developed by Arnold Tutoring for parents and teachers of elementary aged students.


44EP6 (Grades K-2) (Limit: 15 participants)
Dissecting Digi-Blocks
Belinda Hammond, Dawn Gunter

Digi-Blocks are powerful tools for instilling a deep mathematical understanding. Discover how to incorporate Digi-Blocks into your classroom though collaboration and exploration.


Early/Middle Years

45EMP1 (Grades 3-8)
Developing Mathematical Thinkers Through Problem Solving
Deanna Matthys, Nicole Vinet

In the context of thinking about the mathematical mindsets of middle years students, this session will focus on why it is important to design lessons with rich problem solving content in order to develop curiosity, positive attitudes and ultimately strong skills in math. Participants will dive into rich problems (such as “Three Act Problems”), discovering how to begin with the context in order to develop conceptual understanding. This session is an encore from 2016.


46EMP2 (Grades K-8)
Leveling the Playing Field
Lisa Page, Dayna Quinn-Lafleche

One of the hardest things for teachers to do is to involve all students in a learning activity so everyone can learn, think, work, and achieve regardless of their level of understanding. Participants will explore a number of different ideas and activities which allow access for all students. Teachers will learn about different ways to structure a lesson to enhance conceptual understanding and engage learners throughout a lesson.


47EMP3 (Grades K-8)
Responding When Students Are Not Learning
Nancy Bargen, Gwen Payonk

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a paradigm belief system that all students can achieve at their highest level in a collaborative setting. There are many frameworks of this model but at St. Andrews School we have adopted the Four Essential Guiding Principles as outlined by Buffum, Mattos, and Weber. During this session Gwen and Nancy will present on their experiences with Collective Responsibility, Concentrated Instruction, Convergent Assessment, and Certain Access and how these 4 C’s relate to responding when students are not learning.


48EMP4 (Grades 1-8)
Causing Problems in Class
Bob Beaudry

This workshop will focus on using engaging problem solving to build on student understanding and meet math outcomes from Grades 1-8. There will be connections made to report cards, differentiation, teacher and student strategies, and some open-ended stuff. Come ready to talk in class, argue, copy each other’s work, and engage in other disruptive and problematic classroom behaviour.


49EMP5 (Grades 3-6)
Supporting the Traditional Multiplication Algorithm
Carmella Crawford, AIMS Educational Consultants

Understanding multiplication is an essential piece of number sense.  In this session we will look at the area model and how it clarifies the traditional algorithm used in multiplication.  The tasks will help students become increasingly aware of the “ten-ness” of our numeration system and the role it plays in multiplication.  This method of multiplication extends into multiplying the algebra way.  Let’s investigate how to help students understand multiplication that will extend into algebra.


50EMP6 (Grades 3-8)
Fractions: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Neil Dempsey

Of all the topics in early and middle years math, fractions remain the most difficult to teach and the most difficult for students to learn. In this session, you will come to look at fractions in a new light as we discuss ways in which you can make this topic meaningful, connected, and yes…enjoyable!


51EMP7 (Grades 3-8)
3-Act Tasks
Charmaine Mackid

Have you heard of using 3-Act Tasks in the math classroom but haven’t had the chance to explore the method? This introductory session is for anyone with little or no experience with this teaching method that combines inquiry and student-centered philosophies to bring out the real mathematicians in all of our students. Participants will experience some tasks themselves, be shown resources and be given some next steps to further pursue incorporation into their classrooms.


52EMP8 – (Grades 3-8)
Math in Classic Games
Michael Chartrand

Ever wonder why everyone seems to land on Boardwalk around the same time in Monopoly? This workshop will focus on the math involved in playing some classic board and card games. Participants will have an opportunity to practice math-rich conversations while exploring the games.


Early/Middle/Senior Years

53EMSP1 (Grades K-12; a continuation of EMSA1)  
Exploring Algebraic Thinking Across the Grades
Dr. Martha Koch and Laura Masterson

This workshop, designed for elementary and secondary teachers, focuses on the ways that algebraic thinking develops from Grades K – 12. We will look at key algebraic concepts that are developed in the early years and see how they connect to algebraic thinking in the middle and higher grades. We will be working with the Manitoba curriculum, algebraic tasks that can be done at many levels, examples of student work, and classroom videos. Looking at algebraic thinking across the grades will also help you see the many ways that algebra connects to other mathematics concepts. We think you will leave the workshop with some exciting new ideas about teaching algebra!


54EMSP2 (Grades K-12)
What’s going on in the Smith Family? One Way to Shift your Worldview Grounding of the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Dr. Gale Russell

Building upon the 5-Practices for Orchestrating Effective Mathematics Discussion, this break-out session will explore a few examples of how one can ground oneself within an Indigenous worldview and the learning potential of doing so. These examples will demonstrate how this shift in worldview can lead to new mathematical learnings and understandings for both students and teachers.  Ties will be made directly to the keynote session and to the first Breakout Session (AM-EMSY2); however, attendance at one or both of the previous sessions is not necessary for understanding and meaningful engagement in this session.


55EMSP3 (Grades K-12)
The Ups and Downs of Inquiry Based Learning
Darja Barr

This presentation will delve into the research on inquiry based teaching and learning in math classrooms, and will elaborate on the different perspectives about how to effectively implement inquiry based practices. The focus will be on how inquiry based learning can be cognitively supported, and an example of an inquiry based activity for area will be described.


56EMSP4 (Grades K-12)
Discovering Quantitative Literacy
Brian Beaudrie, Barbara Boschmans

What is quantitative literacy? Why is it important? What should we be doing to help our students become quantitatively literate?  These questions and more will be answered in this hands-on, minds-on workshop designed to help you develop the quantitative reasoning abilities in students at all grade levels.


Middle Years

57MP1 (Grades 6-8)
Inquiry and Numeracy
Paul Betts

This session will present classroom inquiries intended to facilitate children’s foundational experiences with the big ideas of numeracy, especially all elements of proportional reasoning. Inquiry is framed by open-ended and rich tasks which differentiate mathematical thinking. Proportional thinking includes topics such as fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and rates.


58MP2 (Grade 8) (Limit 25)
Grade 8 Math Tips
John Crupi, Linda McDougall

In this session, participants will take part in a variety of useful, hands-on activities that have been successful in a Grade 8 Math classroom and can be used immediately.


Middle/Senior Years

59MSP1 (Grades 7-12)
Spark Curiosity with Desmos!
Jon Orr

Experience interactive math lessons that are digital in nature, but promote collaboration instead of isolation, and curiosity instead of acceptance.  Break away from direct instruction and empower your students with resources that “uncover curriculum instead of cover curriculum.” Join math teacher and Desmos Fellow, Jon Orr as you explore curious and collaborative math lessons that use the powerful learning software DESMOS. 

Session participants will not only walk away with ready-made lesson resources to use on their next class day, but a new inspiring view on learning mathematics.


60MSP2 (Grades 7-12)
Five Practices for Productive Math Discussions
Joanne Nemetchek, Evan Janzen Roth

Participants will discover the 5 practices and have an opportunity to participate in “RICH” tasks.  Materials will be provided so that teachers can implements the practices immediately.


Senior Years

61SP1
Working Together to Support High School LAL Students Develop Mathematical Concepts
David Long, Cindy Petriw

Explore the richness of collaborative planning and co-teaching when a High School Mathematics teacher and LAL/EAL teacher work together to plan, teach and assess a unit in fractions. Join us in a hands-on and interactive exploration of mathematical concepts and see the steps taken to integrate and support concept development and academic language learning.


62SP2
Using a Graphic Novel to Enhance an Understanding of a Math Function
Gene Kirichenko

How can a high school math teacher make use of a “math story” in the classroom? The story, non-fictional or fictional, can be a strong attention grabber. As well, it can be used as a way to enhance learning. An exemplar of a graphic novel will be shared that develops what a function is, and eight development functional areas will be considered. Lastly, teachers will be challenged to come up with their own fictional math story line.


63SP3
Using Technology and AI to Guide Learners in the Math Classroom
Sabrina Hochman

Technology is changing education, our classrooms and the way that information is delivered to learners. This means that our roles as math teachers and the ways in which we deliver information to our learners are changing too. Most learners have access to technology and the internet 24 hours a day. Utilizing technologies with AI capabilities as primary resources for delivering course content can provide the teacher opportunity to focus on guiding their learners through course content and supporting them individually where and when needed rather than being the primary deliverer of information. Learners can develop greater independence and control over their learning journey making the learning experience more personal and better fit their personal learning style. Online learning is being used more and more in post-secondary institutions and it is important to prepare our learners now for their future learning journeys. This session will explore these ideas and provide insight into the value that implementing such technologies into the math classroom can have on the overall learning experience.


64SP4 (Grades 9-12)
Learning Transformations Deductively (LTD)
Bruce Waters

Do we want our students to truly understand transformations rather than just memorizing rules? Come experience a logical development of transformational knowledge. We will start with the real definitions of the various transformations and then see how these relate to points in the XY-plane. We will consider vertical logic and the VLT (vertical logic table) and then horizontal logic and the HLT. We will see how this logic can help a student determine a correct sequence of transformations when they are given a complex function to graph. Let’s see the real beauty of transformations! This session is relevant to the Pre-Calculus stream of thought.


65SP5 (Grades 9-12)
Mental Mathematics in the Senior Years
Carole Bilyk

Come explore one teacher’s journey with mental mathematics in the Senior Years classroom. Be prepared to put your thinking caps on.


66SP6 (Grade 12)
Making Connections Between the Grade 12 Applied Math Curriculum and the Provincial Assessment 
Allison Potter, Tracy Romu, Corinne VanDeVelde

Join us for rich conversations and lively discussion around Grade 12 Applied Math and the development of the provincial assessment. We will take a look at the link between the curriculum and how questions are created as contextual problems that are accessible for our own students to solve. Past test questions will be used to explore expectation for the students, and to increase familiarity with types of questions that have been asked in the past.


38SP7 (Grades 9-12)
Custom Math Help Beyond 3:30
Mike Arnold, Arnold Tutoring Incorporated (Vendor Session)

An open discussion about how teachers provide their students with individualized help outside of regular class hours. What do students want from extra help? How do you offer extra help beyond the classroom? How could more students take advantage of your help?

There will also be a demo of the new AT Now app, which provides expert one-on-one math tutoring, completely mobile, whenever a student is stuck on a question. We’ll discuss how this app can be a great resource for teachers, save time, and ultimately help students succeed in math.

Registration and Fees

Register online here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=752

Online registration will begin September 1, 2017 and will remain open until Friday, October 13, 2017. Onsite registration will be limited and will be first-come-first-serve. There is no guarantee that onsite registrants will be able to attend sessions. Online payment is through PayPal.

Participants are to select one keynote address to attend plus one morning and one afternoon breakout session. Three selections should be made overall. There is no participant limit for the keynote addresses, and unless explicitly stated, all breakout sessions will be limited to 30 participants. Register early to avoid disappointment. Participants will be required to sign a register at each breakout session.


Fees:

Fees Note: The Member and Non-Member registration categories have the following meaning: if you wish to be a member of MAMT and receive its Journal and have access to MAMT sponsored PD for members, register as a Member; if you wish to not be a member of MAMT, whereby you receive no member benefits, choose Non-Member. Students are automatically registered as members.

Members: $70 (includes $20 membership to MAMT)

Non members: $90

Students: $50 (includes $10 membership to MAMT)

All prices include a $20 catered lunch.