2012-13 Nebraska Professional Development Series
This site was created to host the agendas for NMPDS training. Each month's agenda and links are posted. Several other pages are list to the left. Be sure to check out favorite web sites, videos, and activities

2012-13_NMPDS_Brochure.pdf

Facilitated by
Lenny VerMaas, lennyvermaas@gmail.com, Lenny’s Main Website: http://lvermaas.wikispaces.com/
Chuck Friesen chuckfriesen@gmail.com

Project Coordinator: Carol Jessen cjessen@esu8.org
Hashtag #nmpds2012 Using twitter for math education.
Ziggi Document Camera
Session Evaluation Fill out at the end of each session
Tech Share--Use this Google Form to share site and information.
Share your favorite Picture Book

Flipped Academy June 27 and 28 at ESU #6
Seen in NCTM Smartbrief
Using math and Google Earth to find where the Russian meteor landing site.
Pi Day, March 14 Link 1 and Link 2
UNL Summer Courses http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi/2013/ Click on the 2013 Course Catalog
NATM fall conference September 30th in Kearney


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Generation IY by Tim Elmore

Session Components:
  • Classroom Connection Activity:Time to share ideas and get to know your TLM members. What did you try? What would you do differently? Whole group sharing time will be provided.
    Template Classroom Connection.docx
    Template Classroom Connection.docx
    Template Classroom Connection.docx
  • Problem solving: We are going to provide a variety of problems. These problems will come from a variety of resources including, “Moscow Problem” (a book we had as a resource last year), NCTM journals, and others. Maybe 6 to 8 problems at different levels from middle school through high school. These would be shorter problems with multiple entry points and paths to find a solution. Participants would be given an opportunity to work the problems and share multiple ways to arrive at solutions.
  • Math App Smack Down. Provide an opportunity to share math apps that the participants have found and are using.
  • Geogebra: Continue to model how Geogebra and be used. Tie to one of the problems or a new problem.
  • Activities from “The Xs and Ys of Algebra” that all of the participants received. Thanks to Deb Romanek for providing this!!!!
  • "Five Practices Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions" that all of the participants received Thanks to Deb Romanek for providing this!!!
  • Common Core: Continue to link to the common core so participants are aware of the standards.
  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Agenda Oct. Session 2

This is the agenda with links for the October sessions.
November Problem Solving + solutions.docx
November Problem Solving + solutions.docx
November Problem Solving + solutions.docx

  • Introductions and getting started for 2012-13
    • Introductions
    • By 10:00 log onto Angel, post discussion on Algebra (see below), respond to someone else on the discussion, get to know your TLM group, and complete some problems from “Problem Solving October”. Choose what interest you. We will process the problems at 10:00
    • If you have not used Geogebra before take some time to down load the web based version.
  • Angel Activity
    • Help the teachers new to our group log on to Angel.
    • Respond to the discussion question: This summer, the political scientist Andrew Hacker’s New York Times Op-Ed essay “Is Algebra Necessary?” set off a national debate on mathematics education. Here is how the essay begins: A typical American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail. Why do we subject American students to this ordeal?
  • Problem Solving October Processing Time (problems on Pen Drive)
  • Geogebra
    • Chuck will continue to share how to use Geogebra in your classroom. Log on http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ and down load the web start version.
  • Math App Smack Down
  • Lenny’s “Take a Look at These Sites”
    • Take a look at these:
      • The first Dinner & a Math Problem event to take place in Seward/Brainard will feature the presentation "Conway's Rational Tangles". Learn how to associate numbers with twists and turns and "knots" to discover a fascinating yet simple application of mathematics. Date: Monday, November 5 Time: 5:00 - 6:30 Location: Seward High School Contacts: Doug Glasshoff at dglassho@esu7.org, Kyle Royuk at kyle.royuk@sewardschools.org, Michelle Homp at mhomp3@math.unl.edu
      • NCTM SmartBrief brings you the mathematics education news that really matters. Knowledgeable editors handpick key articles from hundreds of publications, summarize them and provide direct links to the original sources. In other words, NCTM does all the research and you get the latest news in your inbox or on your handheld device, absolutely free. Subscribe at: http://www.smartbrief.com/nctm/index.jsp?campaign=NCTM_homepage
      • NCTM This App will keep up to date with what is happening in mathematics education.
      • NCTM national conference is in Denver April 17-10. NATM is making arrangements to take a bus.
      • Bedtime Math: Making math a fun part of kid’s everyday lives. http://bedtimemathproblem.org/ To sign up to receive a daily email go to “about us” and “contact us.” You can also like on Facebook.
      • Dan Meyer’s blog: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/ Sign up for emails.
      • Dan's 101 questions which contains problem starters. http://www.101qs.com/
      • Dynamic Paper from NCTM Illuminations Does not work on Firefox, need to use Chrome or other web browser.
      • Nebraska Math Newsletter contains several good articles and links.
      • NCTM Activity Packets this link has multi-page documents, one for elementary, middle school and high school. Check it out.
    • From De: The Sheldon Art Museum has a great traveling exhibit until January 20. It is called "The Geometric Unconscious." It would be well worth the time of middle level and high school math teachers and students. It is an opportunity to see the familiar geometric shapes in both "soft geometry" and "linear geometry," (one of the divisions in one of the tree art rooms). Several art pieces illustrate perspective and a couple have optical illusions. There is one room that emphasizes the roots of geometry in Africa. It might be worth a mention to the Nebraska teachers of this great opportunity to see geometry use in art. I also have an accompanying book for the exhibit.
  • Classroom Connection Activity
    • Team Sharing Time: From the NATM conference, what did you like about the NATM conference, what did you try, what would you do differently?
    • Use as time to share ideas and get to know your TLM members
    • Each group should be prepared to show one of the groups work and post the work on the Angel site. Word template is on the web page as well as in the October NMPDS folder.
    • Whole group sharing
    • For November complete the “Classroom Connection” with something from todays training.
  • Math Discourse and Math Talk
    • “Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions”
  • Common Core State Standards, CCSS
Something to do for November NMPDS training
Do the “Classroom Connection Activity” for something that was shared today or something that you would like to share with others.

Agenda Nov. Session 3

  • Some Things to do Before We Start at 9:00
    • Log onto Angel, take a look at poll results from last month, and answer this months poll questions.
    • Great responses to the question “Is Algebra Necessary.” See the response on the blog
    • Respond to the discussion question “What are you doing differently this year to help students do better on NeSA?”
  • 21st Century Skills
    • Creating a “back channel” at http://todaysmeet.com/
    • How to use tweets
      • Hashtag #nmpds2012
      • Tweetdeck http://www.tweetdeck.com/
      • To use tweetdeck you must have a twiter account. Go to https://twitter.com/ to create an account.
        Other Hashtags #mathed, #mathchat, #flipped class,
      • The Wednesday night hashtag is #nebedchat - 8-9 pm on Wed nights. Outside of Wed nights, #nebedu connects to the Nebraska educators group.
      • Get list of hash tags from cybraryman's hashtags:
      • Use the app Flipboard
  • Wager Game
  • Personalize Algebra Problems
    • Researchers at Southern Methodist University have found that personalizing algebra word problems to students' interests can improve their performance. The researchers surveyed ninth-graders about their interests in sports, music and movies, and the students who received personalized story problems solved them faster and more accurately than students who did not receive questions tailored to their interests. "The whole thing with algebra for kids is they say, 'This isn't relevant to me.' Making it relevant in any way is a good thing," said Michael Shaughnessy, a mathematics and statistics professor at Portland State University in Oregon.
    • Much more at Personalizing Algebra Blog:
    • NCTM Research Briefs and clips
    • Algebra Research from Education Week several good links
  • Angel Basics
    • Carol shares some settings and navigation hints for Angel
  • Geogebra
    • Chuck will continue to share how to use Geogebra in your classroom.
  • November Problem Solving
    • Correlation activity
    • “Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions”
  • Tech Share
  • Spare Time Activities
  • Common Core State Standards, CCSS
  • Classroom Connection Activity
    • Team Sharing Time: What did you try, what would you do differently?
    • Each group should be prepared to share one person’s work.
    • Word template is on the web page as well as in the November NMPDS folder.
    • Whole group sharing
    • For February complete the “Classroom Connection” with something from todays training or an activity that you would like to share.
Something to do for February NMPDS training
Do the “Classroom Connection Activity” for something that was shared today or something that you would like to share with others.

Agenda February 2013

  • Some Things to do Before We Start at 9:00
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Estimation and Number Sense
  • Geogebra
    • Chuck will continue to share how to use Geogebra in your classroom.
  • Available NeSA-M data
    • DISTRICT MATHEMATICS INDICATOR SUMMARY
      • High and low three indicators by grade level
    • DISTRICT PERFORMANCE LEVEL SUMMARY
      • All demographic groups, all grade levels, all subjects
    • DISTRICT REPORT OF SCHOOL PERFORMANCE
      • Compares state achievement with school achievement by grade level
    • SCHOOL STUDENT ROSTER
      • Shows individual student scale score and percent correct by sub-scores.
    • State of Schools Report http://www.education.ne.gov/documents/SOSR.html
      • Comparing districts works only before 2010-11 or before
  • Common Core Assessment format
  • February Problem Solving
    • November’s problem solving questions and solutions are on pen dive.
  • Homework Alternatives
  • Math Discourse and Math Talk
    • “Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions”
  • Tech Share
    • This is your opportunity to share math apps, or web sites that you are using and like.
    • Individual time limit 5 minutes or less with 30 minutes total for sharing.
    • http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/math interactive simulations
    • Take a look at the APPS on our web page.
  • Classroom Connection Activity
    • Team Sharing Time: What did you try, what would you do differently?
    • Each group should be prepared to share one person’s work.
    • Word template is on the web page as well as in the November NMPDS folder.
    • Whole group sharing
    • For March complete the “Classroom Connection” with something from todays training or an activity that you would like to share.
  • Spare Time Activities


Something to do for March NMPDS training
Do the “Classroom Connection Activity” for something that was shared today or something that you would like to share with others

Agenda March 2013

  • Some Things to do Before We Start at 9:00
    • Look at the bottom of this page for "Spare Time Activities"
  • 21st Century Skills
    • Watch this video to see what how a wiki works What is a Wiki? See http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english
    • Create your own Wiki, set up a free-no-ad K-12 Wikispace account at http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
    • Click on the “sign up and start new.” You will need to enter a username that no one else has used, password, email address, wiki name (.wikispaces will be add to the name you choose) and fill out other information.
    • Then hit “join”
    • This video provides extra information More Wiki information
    • OR make a Google Form: From your gmail account select "Drive", Create (spreadsheet), place name in "untitled spreadsheet", select "tools" and "form", to begin adding your questions.
    • This video provides extra information Video to make a Google Form
    • How to use tweets
  • Graphing distance vs time situations
    • Filling bottle activity
    • Filling Bottles with Water, Mathematics Teacher, Mach 2012 p 542-547 includes 3 page activity
    • Function and the Volume of Vases, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, May 2012, p 531-537
    • Other resources on the pen drive.
    • Graphing Stories from Dan Meyer
    • Understanding distance, speed and time relationships. Illuminations Activity. I really like this applet but I had problems getting it work. The problem revolved around Java, getting the plug in installed and then activated. I believe that it is worth the effort.
    • Exploring Slope with Stairs and Steps, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, February 2013, p 370-377
    • Football (soccer example) site from Exploring Slope with Stairs and Steps
  • Geogebra
    • Chuck will continue to share how to use Geogebra in your classroom.
  • Tech Share
    • This is your opportunity to share math apps, or web sites that you are using and like.
    • Individual time limit 5 minutes or less with 30 minutes total for sharing.
    • February problem solving questions and solutions are on pen dive.
  • Classroom Connection Activity
    • Team Sharing Time: What did you try, what would you do differently?
    • Each group should be prepared to share one person’s work.
    • Word template is on the web page as well as in the November NMPDS folder.
    • Whole group sharing
  • March Problem Solving
  • Post Test and work on Classroom Connections
  • Follow up on March problems
  • Teacher Survey and End of Course Survey
  • Spare Time Activities