Intersections (November edition): Upcoming professional development opportunities

In this monthly column, you’ll find information about upcoming math education-related workshops, conferences, and other events. Some events fill up fast, so don’t delay signing up!

For more information about a particular event or to register, follow the link provided below the description. If you know about an event that should be on our list, please contact us at ilona@smts.ca.

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Workshops

Number Talks and Beyond: Building Math Communities Through Classroom Conversation
January 17, Regina, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Classroom discussion is a powerful tool for supporting student communication, sense-making and mathematical understanding. Curating productive math talk communities requires teachers to plan for and recognize opportunities in the live action of teaching. Come experience a variety of classroom numeracy routines including number talks, counting circles, quick images and more. Take math conversations to the next level by strengthening your skills as a facilitator of classroom discourse and student thinking.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/number-talks-and-beyond-building-0

Technology Integration for Differentiation in Mathematics
January 19, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Are you interested in using technology to help differentiate your mathematics classroom? Workshop participants will be introduced to various blended learning structures, then focus on the station rotation and flipped classroom models. Whether you have one device or a classroom of devices, these two classroom structures are beneficial to increasing student engagement and to providing opportunity for teachers to have individual and small group instruction. The idea of using technology to create differentiated opportunities through adaptive instructional websites and math and presentation-related apps will be explored and connected to curricular outcomes, student learning progressions and assessment.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/technology-integration-differentiation

Early Learning With Block Play – Numeracy, Science, Literacy and So Much More!
January 25, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

This is a one-day workshop for early learning educators from prekindergarten, kindergarten and Grade 1 to join together, discover and deepen their understandings around the many foundational skills that children develop during block play. Through concrete, hands-on activities, participants will experience and examine the many connections between block play and curricular outcomes, and the current research on the topic. Participants will have opportunity for reflection on their current practice, planning for block play and for creating a network of support.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/early-learning-block-play-numeracy-2

Extending Early Learning Block Play into Project-Based Inquiry
January 27, Yorkton, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

This one-day workshop for early learning educators from prekindergarten, kindergarten and Grade 1 will deepen understanding around the foundational skills that children develop during block play and extend that understanding into project-based learning in early years. Through concrete, hands-on activities participants will experience and examine the many connections between block play, curricular outcomes and project-based inquiry in early years.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/extending-early-learning-block-play

Using Tasks in High School Mathematics
February 8, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Using tasks in a high school mathematics classroom can provide rich opportunities for differentiated learning and authentic assessment. How do we choose tasks that meet both curricular outcomes and student needs? Tasks allow students to enter mathematics where they are at and extend their learning. In this workshop we will look at a variety of resources for finding good high school tasks. We will also reflect and discuss what planning and teaching moves can assist in maximizing student learning through mathematics tasks.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/using-tasks-high-school-mathematics

Technology in Math Foundations and Pre-Calculus
February 9, Saskatoon, SK
Presented by the Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit

Technology is a tool that allows students to understand senior mathematics in a deeper way. This workshop is designed to have math foundations and pre-calculus teachers experience a variety of technology tools that allow students to represent and visualize mathematics concepts. Tools highlighted are useful for students to explore, learn, communicate, collaborate and practice, in order to enhance their understanding of mathematics in secondary mathematics.

See https://www.stf.sk.ca/professional-resources/professional-growth/events-calendar/technology-math-foundations-and-pre

 

Did you know that the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society is a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Affiliate? When registering for an NCTM membership, be sure to support the SMTS by noting your affiliation during registration.

Beyond Saskatchewan

NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition
April 5-8, 2017, San Antonio, TX
Presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Join more than 9,000 of your mathematics education peers at the premier math education event of the year! NCTM’s Annual Meeting & Exposition is a great opportunity to expand both your local and national networks and can help you find the information you need to help prepare your pre-K–Grade 12 students for college and career success. Classroom teachers, administrators, math coaches, supervisors, college professors, and preservice teachers can all benefit from the sessions and learning at this event. Improve your knowledge and skills with high quality professional development and hands on activities; gain insights by connecting and sharing with like-minded educators; collect free activities that will keep students engaged and excited to learn; and learn from industry leaders and test the latest educational resources.

See http://www.nctm.org/Conferences-and-Professional-Development/Annual-Meeting-and-Exposition/

Note: Did you know that the Saskatchewan Mathematics Teachers’ Society is an NCTM Affiliate? When registering for an NCTM membership, be sure to support the SMTS by noting your affiliation during registration.

See http://www.nctm.org/innov8/

OAME Annual Conference: And Now for Something Completely Different
May 11-13, Kinston, ON
Presented by the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education

This year’s keynote speakers are Dan Meyer, well-known for his work integrating multimedia into an inquiry-based math curriculum, and Gail Vaz Oxlade, host of the Canadian television series Til Debt Do Us Part, Princess and, most recently, Money Moron. Featured speakers are George Gadanidis, Marian Small, Ruth Beatty, and Cathy Bruce.

See http://oame2017.weebly.com/; follow @oame2017 on Twitter for updates

Online workshops

Education Week Math Webinars
Presented by Education Week

Once a month, Education Weekly has a webinar focusing on math. They also host their previous webinars on this site. Previous webinars include Formative Assessment, Dynamic vs. Static Assessment, Productive Struggling and Differentiation.

Past webinars: http://www.edweek.org/ew/webinars/math-webinars.html
Upcoming webinars: http://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

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