May 3, 2017 Full Day Pre-Conference Sessions
GENERAL PRE-CONFERENCES (Register via Annual Conference site)
Embedding Formative Assessment in the Math Classroom - Dylan William
There is now a large and growing evidence base that helping teachers develop their use of minute-to-minute and day-by-day assessment is one of, if not the most powerful ways to improve student learning. However, adopting formative assessment, or assessment for learning as it is sometimes called, involves far more than adding a few “quick fixes” to teachers’ classroom repertoires. It involves a fundamental shift in focus, from what the teacher is putting in to the process to what the students are getting out of it. In this interactive one-day workshop, participants will learn:
Harnessing the Power of Progressions - Graham Fletcher
From counting and cardinality to multiplying decimals, and everywhere in between, as elementary educators it can be really tough to make sense of it all. In this session we'll break down two domains (OA & NBT) and identify how the purposeful use and sequence of 3-act tasks and other high return activities can build our understanding of what students know and keep their thinking moving in the right direction.
Charge Up Your Math Classes with Free Desmos Technology - Desmos Team
Charge up your math classes with the Desmos Calculator and Activities. We'll show you how the calculator can be used for both teacher demos and student problem-solving. Use movable points, dynamic sliders, quick regression and more to help your students make sense of math. Then learn how the Desmos Activity Builder can help you create dynamic activities as well as use pre-built activities from Desmos itself and its user community.
Introduction to Problem-Based Learning - Robert Kaplinsky
Learn how to implement rich math problems that all your students will find accessible yet also challenge your most gifted students. In this hands-on workshop we'll also practice advanced questioning techniques and high depth of knowledge problems to prepare you and your students for successful outcomes.
How do Mathematical Ideas Begin? - Rosemary Irons and Jessica Bobo
The fascinating journey of mathematics begins naturally for each child through daily life experiences. In these activities, children have many opportunities to explore and interact with early mathematics ideas. During this pre-conference day, you will learn about the four stages of language development for mathematics and how to use that to enhance your language-rich classroom. Additionally, you will explore the beginning mathematical processes that are the cornerstone for success, leading to the mathematical strands of number, measurement and geometry. Learning about these important considerations for mathematics in the early childhood classroom, will empower educators' decision-making on developmentally appropriate, engaging, and enriching learning experiences for young children.
SPONSERED PRE-CONFERENCES (These pre-conference are partially supported through grant funding and have a separate registration site.)
Building Computer Science Opportunity in Wisconsin: Second Annual Computer Science Education Summit - Emmanuel Schanzer, Colleen Lewis, Jane Krauss, and Andy Kuemmel (Register)
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) WI-Dairyland presents our Second Annual All-Day Computer Science Educators Summit. This day-long series of workshops will offer four strands for high school teachers, middle school teachers, elementary school teachers, and school counselors. The focus will be on improving and expanding computer science opportunities for K-12 students in Wisconsin.
Developing our Eyes and Ears for Mathematical Thinking in the Early Years: Mary Hynes-Berry and Laura Grandau, Erikson Institute in collaboration with the DPI Early Learning Advisory Group (Register)
This interactive session demonstrates the importance of seeing, hearing and identifying math all around us. Together we explore opportunities to do math, as adults ourselves, and with the children in our classrooms. This session will support teachers’ increasing attention to math in the early childhood curriculum, while highlighting components of developmentally appropriate practice. Afternoon breakout sessions will further focus on mathematical ideas for Birth-3 and PK-1 from both the national and Wisconsin perspectives. Participants will also receive book on the big ideas in early math published through the Erikson Institute. This event is co-sponsored by DPI and DCF through funds from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant.