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Welcome to the 2016 MidSchoolMath National Conference!

Session scheduling is limited to registered attendees - all attendees should receive schedule access via email by Jan. 4 or within two business days of registering. Click on the "More Information" link for detailed directions on accessing SCHED and signing up for concurrent sessions.

Programming begins each morning at 8:15 am sharp, ending at 4:30 pm on Friday, followed by a social hour from 5:00 - 6:30 pm; and ends at 4:15 pm on Saturday.

Please note, schedule is subject to change.

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Sessions: Math Story Projects [clear filter]
Friday, February 19
 

9:50am

An Inside Look at the Three Acts of a Mathematical Story
Limited Capacity seats available

"Storytelling gives us a framework for certain mathematical tasks that is both prescriptive enough to be useful and flexible enough to be usable. Many stories divide into three acts, each of which maps neatly onto these mathematical tasks."  - Dan Meyer

Join us for this session as the teaching team from El Camino Real explores and shares the inside story of how they are using the concept of three-act math story problems in their curriculum! Students will be involved in the presentation, to offer their perspective.

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Dillingham

Kristy Dillingham

Assistant Principal, El Camino Real Academy
Kristy Dillingham isthe Asst. Principal at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, NM, a PreK-8th dual language school. Kristy believes passionately in engaging students in the learning process: learn as we live and live as we learn.  She has lead curriculum development that is place-based... Read More →
avatar for Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

6th Grade Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Nachly is a dual languagel teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her very first year teaching after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education. Her first year has been an amazing experience so far, working along a wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Edmund Gorman

Edmund Gorman

STEM Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
avatar for Grace Padilla

Grace Padilla

Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Dual Language Grade 6 Teacher


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Eating Your Math
Limited Capacity filling up

As we create a story-telling experience around the actual impact that sugar has on our diets, you'll have fun with mathematics while exploring the nuances of what excellent math teaching could and should look like in the classroom.

We'll focus on instructional strategies that teach math for understanding and play with ratios and proportions in the context of nutrition, health and wellness.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for David DenHartog

David DenHartog

Chief Learning Officer, Athlos Academies
An innovator who has spent the bulk of his education career creating and transforming schools, David is passionate about deep, rich learning that promotes joy and curiosity. Now serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Athlos Academies, David is helping to build a network of model... Read More →
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Storytelling and Mathematics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

While this popular session is full, ample space is available in an Encore Session on Friday at 1:40 pm!

Mathematics teachers are usually consumed with teaching algorithms. Algorithms, however, are based on axioms and those can vary depending on the theory of mathematics. Storytelling in mathematics permits students to explore deductive reasoning.

In this session, you'll have the oportunity to explore deductive reasoning, modeling, and axiomatic systems through the use of storytelling. The explorations will be conducted with Project Zero thinking routines, Socratic Seminars on primary sources, and inquiry-based learning. We'll also explore exemplar work from previous students already published on iTunes Store.

BYOD: If you have a laptop, iPad or tablet, plan to bring it with you to this session.  

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Haack

Jonathan Haack

Math Coach, MYP4 Extended, Mandela International Magnet School
Jonathan Haack lives by the saying “It is better to have tried and failed than to have succeeded at doing nothing.” Jonathan is proud to join the Jaguar family at Capital High School, where he is excited to support student learning in mathematics. Jonathan also teaches one section... Read More →
JM

John Morrison

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy, Santa Fe High School
Originally from New York, John moved to New Mexico in 1997 after working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Richardson from 1993-1997. After teaching and coaching at Rio Rancho High School for 4 years, John began teaching at Capital High (2001-2003) and then Santa Fe High (2003... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:50am

Tangerine: An Interdisciplinary Math Story Project
Limited Capacity filling up

Tangerine is a 7th grade reading novel that has become the focus for a whole team math story project developed for the STEM Academy at Sutter Middle School in Fulton, CA. This interdisciplinary team created a math story project, with focal points for activities in English, science, social studies and technology. The math teacher incorporated standards, assessments and immediate feedback through the use of technology in the story project.

Tangerine is a first year project with no shortage on enthusiasm, high expectations, comradarie and fun. In this session, we'll share anecdotes and artifacts from the project, while providing practical details on project planning, implementation with the students, student outcomes and unexpected pitfalls that you'll find helpful as you consider developing your own story-project based approaches.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
JB

Jennifer Blankenfeld

ELA Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KD

Kim Dixon

Math Teacher, Sutter Middle School
Kim is the amazing math teacher on the team. She has worked with her colleagues to configure math units through story-telling. She is and always has been excited about math. She is collaborative and a "behind the scene" type who does what she does out of commitment to student learning... Read More →
HL

Heather Linsley

Science Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KP

Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Friday February 19, 2016 9:50am - 11:05am
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

EMPIRES in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year MidSchoolMath released the first socially-networked story-based math game, EMPIRES. 

Trading of virtual goats and researching metallurgy, interwoven with a youthful love story and the creation of settled civilizations in Ancient Mesopotamia is not the formula one expects when considering methods to raise the dismal track record of US students
on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) scale in math. 

So why goats? Because goats, or metallurgy, or wherever else a civilization story can take you, can help math make sense. A compelling story pedagogy takes learning deeper. The game starts with an introductory trailer that creates a captivating setting with a feeling that this is the beginning of civilization. Characters and plot are essential parts to keeping to story moving as the game begins. Students manage their empire, tallying assets, investing and distributing resources. As each activity unfolds, opportunities for deep learning of math – and repetitive practice – appear, woven into the context of the game. 

Math uniquely comes to life within EMPIRES. Ratios and proportional relationships are explored as resources are invested in projects; the Pythagorean Theorem serves as a tool that allows the measurement of distance and time between a neighboring empire to complete a trade. 

Join math teacher, Lori Brown, to find out what happened when she brought EMPIRES to her classroom! 


Presenters
avatar for Lori Brown

Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics



Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Math for Social Activism: Considering The Omnivore’s Dilemma in the Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you give students a hands-on way to apply mathematicas to real-life issues? Create a project that shows them how math can be a powerful tool to support ethical personal decision-making and social activism!

This project introduced basic math concepts - and provided opportunity for ongoing practice and mastery of concepts - from a perspective of examing the agribusiness industry. Students read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and watched the documentary film Food Inc., then they used fractions, decimals, and percentages to analyze financial ratios of publicly traded companies in the agribusiness industry. They made calculations and created graphs to draw conclusions about both finance and corporate responsibility and they presented their findings in a PowerPoint presentation.

In this session, I'll share about the development, implemenation and impact of this unique project with my 6th and 7th grade students.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Kolb

Matthew Kolb

Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Matt Kolb is currently a teacher of mathematics at The Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He has developed academic curriculum in business education for Pace University in New York City and New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, developed multi-topic curriculum for the Learning... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Nambe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:25am

Reinforcing through Stories
Limited Capacity filling up

Attending last year's MidSchoolMath National Conference, featuring Dan Meyer and teachers using story to support math, provided a paradigm shift for myself in approaching math lessons.

In this session, I'll share how I began to utilize "short" stories to reinforce basic math skill concepts. These included Pythagorean Theorem, integers, area & volume, solving equations, and converting between percent / decimal and fraction.

I quickly found success using this format to provide high engagement with students in addition to strengthening their understandings. Students conclude each session with an activity that provided practice to reinforce their understanding of the process.

I'll share how you you can leave MidSchoolMath with the confidence you need to move forward and incorporate stories into your lessons - just start small and build on your efforts! I'll also highlight the impact these stories have on students, especially in helping to drastically increase student engagement and rigor.

Presenters
avatar for James Babinec

James Babinec

Title One Math 7-8, West Middle School
My name is James Babinec. I am an 18 year veteran teacher with experience in grades 5-8. I have taught in Arizona, Wisconsin and currently in Liberal Kansas. My present role is teaching Title One Math for grades 7-8 along with a 7th Grade Math class.
TM

Troy McCarter

Assistant Principal, Liberal USD 480
I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from Abilene Christian University (Go Wildcats!). I then taught 3 years of 8th grade math in Guthrie , Oklahoma. My wife and I decided to return home in 1998 where I began teaching 8th grade math at West Middle School.  In 2006... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 11:25am - 12:10pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Storytelling and Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

Mathematics teachers are usually consumed with teaching algorithms. Algorithms, however, are based on axioms and those can vary depending on the theory of mathematics. Storytelling in mathematics permits students to explore deductive reasoning.

In this session, you'll have the oportunity to explore deductive reasoning, modeling, and axiomatic systems through the use of storytelling. The explorations will be conducted with Project Zero thinking routines, Socratic Seminars on primary sources, and inquiry-based learning. We'll also explore exemplar work from previous students already published on iTunes Store.

BYOD: If you have a laptop, iPad or tablet, plan to bring it with you to this session.  

Presenters
avatar for Jonathan Haack

Jonathan Haack

Math Coach, MYP4 Extended, Mandela International Magnet School
Jonathan Haack lives by the saying “It is better to have tried and failed than to have succeeded at doing nothing.” Jonathan is proud to join the Jaguar family at Capital High School, where he is excited to support student learning in mathematics. Jonathan also teaches one section... Read More →
JM

John Morrison

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy, Santa Fe High School
Originally from New York, John moved to New Mexico in 1997 after working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Richardson from 1993-1997. After teaching and coaching at Rio Rancho High School for 4 years, John began teaching at Capital High (2001-2003) and then Santa Fe High (2003... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

The NeverEnding Story
Limited Capacity filling up

Over the last two years, I have had the pleasure of attending the MidSchoolMath Naitonal Conference, as well as the Math Story Project Development workshops in Taos. While there, I witnessed the beauty of truly engaging professional development; teachers invigorated by the idea of bringing creativity, and their stories, into their mathematics classrooms. Fueled by the fire (and ice) of Everest and Iditarod, the stories began to grow, and grow…and GROW.

Then panic set in.

“This is an epic story. I don’t know how to tell it in one week!”
“How am I supposed to fit this in and also cover all of the curriculum?”
“I don’t have three weeks to give to this story.”
“I don’t think my principal will let me veer from the pacing guide to do this.”
“I don’t think I have the time.”
“I want to do this. But I just can’t do this.”

I feel their frustration. I didn’t even come close to “covering” all of the math standards last year, and I felt I did my students a disservice. It is my job to be sure they know the content they are being tested on. It is also my job to be sure I don’t kill them with boredom.

My solution to this dilemma was to begin designing a system in which the story becomes a thread of continuity through a year-long curriculum. Thus, there is now one story in my classroom, with just one main character . . . who just keeps showing up! His presence brings continuity, creativity, and quite a bit of humor to the regular curriculum.

Join me for this session, where I'll share the framework and backwards design process I used to create a "NeverEnding Story" in the mathematics classroom.

Note: Try to bring a bring an “end of unit” assessment question from your regular curriculum with you to this session!  

Presenters
avatar for Sharyn Gray

Sharyn Gray

Math Teacher/MS Principal, Turquoise Trail Charter School
I was never a "math person" as a kid - I did math, and I did it just fine, but I don't recall being particularly interested in anything I learned, and was definitely uninterested in calculus. I first attended the MidSchoolMath conference in 2014, and was so inspired I was willing... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:40pm

Three-Act Math Story Projects: An Introduction
Limited Capacity seats available

According to Mark Turner in his book The Literary Mind, "Narrative imagining — story — is the fundamental instrument of thought... Rational capacities depend on it. It is our chief means of looking in to the future, of predicting, of planning, and of explaining...Most of our experiences, our knowledge and our thinking is organized as stories.” 

Imagine the power of using story in your math class! Join Scott & Megan as they lead you through a beginner’s overview of the 3-Act Story Math structure.

Allow Megan & Scott to take you, their students, away on an incredible journey--from the scariest airport in the world to the tallest point on Earth!  It's a mathematical journey of proportional relationships and modeling of real-world scenarios. But, it's much more than that! It is also a rich cultural experience in the life of Everest climbers. Begin the adventure of a lifetime with Expedition Everest!

Megan and Scott will guide you through the essential components of 3-Act Story Math, and then will task you with beginning to build an adventure for YOUR students! Note: this session is recommend for teachers who have not taken part in MidSchoolMath Story Project Workshops, retreats or sessions in the past.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 1:40pm - 2:55pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

3:15pm

The Art of Math Reflections
Limited Capacity seats available

By shifting our focus on teaching students what to learn, we need to look deeper into how they learn. Technology such as computers, phones, and video games are everywhere! Students love to draw, doodle, and sketch on their notes, assignments, and even on tests. Mathematics and art have an amazing connection and teaching mathematics with art can be an excellent teaching strategy. Why not implement these resources into your curriculum and allow time and space for students to interact with technology and express themselves using individual art pieces in our mathematics classrooms?

I am currently using MidSchoolMath’s grade 6 game, Ko’s Journey, as the nucleus to drive instruction. This session will demonstrate how to incorporate technology and student generated art work to display individual understanding of mathematical concepts/problems and their connections to real-word applications. While playing Ko’s Journey, students grapple with solutions and create strategies for solving problems, engage in meaningful discussions with their peers, relate each lesson to real world applications, and create individual pieces of art to display what they learned based on a teacher generated rubric.  

Join me in my session to experience the integration of art and technology that I have found to be so beneficial.

BYODPlease bring a laptop with you to this session, if possible.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Math / Science Teacher, CrossRoads Alternative Program
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New Mexico State University in 2001. Since graduation, I have inspected houses as an ASHI Certified Home Inspector, obtained my New Mexico GB-02 General Contractor License, and built 8 homes in Las Cruces, NM... Read More →


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center
 
Saturday, February 20
 

9:45am

Eating Your Math
Limited Capacity seats available

As we create a story-telling experience around the actual impact that sugar has on our diets, you'll have fun with mathematics while exploring the nuances of what excellent math teaching could and should look like in the classroom.

We'll focus on instructional strategies utilizing Adrian Treffer’s ideas of horizontal and vertical mathematizing to teach math for understanding while playing with ratios and proportions in the context of nutrition.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
avatar for David DenHartog

David DenHartog

Chief Learning Officer, Athlos Academies
An innovator who has spent the bulk of his education career creating and transforming schools, David is passionate about deep, rich learning that promotes joy and curiosity. Now serving as the Chief Learning Officer at Athlos Academies, David is helping to build a network of model... Read More →
avatar for Giselle Isbell

Giselle Isbell

Director of Prepared Mind, Athlos Academies
Giselle was a classroom teacher for 24 years and has recently taken a new position with Athlos Academies. As a teacher, she developed a passion for mathematics instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences on various math topics and is currently working... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Iditarod: Live from the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Experience a story project from the students perspective!

In this session, you'll be lead through several different math tasks while being immersed in the original, true story of the famous Alaskan Iditarod. This story projects covers several sixth grade common core math standards from different domains, and highlights most of the common core best math practices. Tasks will be presented through a combination of live teacher role-playing, as well as digital videos. This project is sure to engage students while mathematically challenging them to apply their math skills in unique ways! 

Presenters
avatar for Ashley Kendall

Ashley Kendall

Teacher, Carlos Gilbert Elementary 


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

9:45am

Lights, Camera, Fraction! (En Español y Inglés)
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, I'll share how I guided my 7th grade dual-language students in transitioning from writing in math to creating an i-movie.

Together, we'll explore the process of how students deepened their understanding of essential common core state standards using story and technology. A small group of students will be joining us to share about the experience from their perspective. 

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero

Middle School Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Melissa Romero is Dual Language Middle School Math Teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has taught middle school mathematics for 11 years and has facilitated district and school wide workshops in mathematics. Her goals as an educator are to change students... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Peralta Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Akimel To The Rescue
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Akimel is a hero, from the ancient T-ohono Oodham nation, who has been cursed with immortality. He goes to six different civilizations and helps them to solve a mathematical problem. He designs a fraction rug in China, a sewer system in the Hindus Valley, a special brick (that the students actually make) in Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, a model pyramid for Alexander the Great, and plans the time-line for his trip back to Arizona with the Vikings. With each civilization, students act out the story, learn about one of the six pillars of character and work in groups to help Akimel solve the mathematical problem.

In this session, I'll share how I use the story of Akimel to show students that math is vital to real-life problems. Storytelling also provides the opportunity to integrate subjects such as geography, world history, and character training into mathematics. You'll explore the story - then have a chance to experience and solve one of the lessons!

Presenters
avatar for Wendy Noriega

Wendy Noriega

7th Grade Math, Coatimundi Middle School
I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA, with a degree in Spanish and Elementary Education. I taught elementary school in Mexico, Minnesota, and Arizona for 18 years. I have been married for 23 years and have 3 children - at Northern Arizona University, Central Arizona... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Lighting the Fire: Leadership for Math Story Projects
Limited Capacity seats available

Join me for this session as I share what I've learned, while working to inspire a team of teachers to begin the math story project journey!

As an administrator or a lead teacher/district math support personnel, you have a key role in inspiring, supporting and participating in this amazing journey. This is my first-hand account of what it takes to get a first year team off the ground.

You have already COMPLETED your first step...you are here! Great job! Now, what? I will share my experience with the group, discuss pitfalls, talk about keeping the momentum going, funding, coercion, and the fun of being involved. This session will be part "how to be a great salesperson" and part "Cheerleading 101." Remember, once the journey begins, it has a snowball effect and gains interest and momentum. This is a snapshot of what it may look like for you at your site!

This session is recommended for principals, administrators, department heads, team leaders and lead teachers who want to know how to go back and inspire others to commit to developing Math Story Projects and incorporating them into the classroom.

Presenters
KP

Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

11:20am

Math Story Projects in Action: The Race Around the World & Beyond
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In 16 years of teaching, math story projects have changed my classroom and made students more engaged, the teachers and parents more engaged, and increase in test scores. Test scores were just a bonus. After one semester students, teachers, and parents have never been more excited about math.

Join me and I'll share how through quality real-life situational problem solving, students work through Algebra and middle school pre-algebra standards.

Presenters
avatar for Hillary McPartlon

Hillary McPartlon

Teacher, Instructional Coach & Dean of Students, Taos Academy Charter School
For the past 7 years I have been a Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Trainer and Educational Consultant. I have taught K-12 with experience teaching all core subjects, Leadership, Student Government and Global Studies. I received a Masters of... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 11:20am - 12:05pm
Milagro Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Newsgeek: How Statistics and Probability Can Come to Life
Limited Capacity filling up

Do you struggle to to find ways to bring alive Statistics and Probability standards?  If so, come experience “Newsgeek!” “Newsgeek” is a protocol that puts students in the role of magazine journalists, tasked with creating a compelling news story out of a set of raw data. 

Join Scott and Megan as they take you through this entertaining process that will put life into these oft-forgotten standards!

Prior to attending:
Please take this short survey before February 15:  http://bit.ly/FluSurvey

BYOD:
Please bring a device with a USB port, if possible (not necessary, but helpful).

Presenters
avatar for Scott Laidlaw

Scott Laidlaw

Co-founder, MidSchoolMath
Scott Laidlaw is a math teacher-turned-game designer. With 14 years of in-classroom teaching experience at the elementary, secondary and university levels since earning his doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Scott has focused on research into how students learn... Read More →
avatar for Megan LeBleu

Megan LeBleu

Director of Curriculum, MidSchoolMath
Megan LeBleu is a National Board Certified teacher with 14 years' experience teaching math at a high-poverty middle school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. During those years she became a master at collaborating with fellow teachers, making math curriculum engaging and accessible to students... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

1:10pm

Tangerine: An Interdisciplinary Math Story Project
Limited Capacity seats available

Tangerine is a 7th grade reading novel that has become the focus for a whole team math story project developed for the STEM Academy at Sutter Middle School in Fulton, CA. This interdisciplinary team created a math story project, with focal points for activities in English, science, social studies and technology. The math teacher incorporated standards, assessments and immediate feedback through the use of technology in the story project.

Tangerine is a first year project with no shortage on enthusiasm, high expectations, comradarie and fun. In this session, we'll share anecdotes and artifacts from the project, while providing practical details on project planning, implementation with the students, student outcomes and unexpected pitfalls that you'll find helpful as you consider developing your own story-project based approaches.

This featured session is being offered twice. Please only add one of the two sessions to your schedule.

Presenters
JB

Jennifer Blankenfeld

ELA Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KD

Kim Dixon

Math Teacher, Sutter Middle School
Kim is the amazing math teacher on the team. She has worked with her colleagues to configure math units through story-telling. She is and always has been excited about math. She is collaborative and a "behind the scene" type who does what she does out of commitment to student learning... Read More →
HL

Heather Linsley

Science Teacher, Sutter Middle School
KP

Keri Phillips

Principal, Sutter Middle School
I have been a middle school principal at Sutter for ten years. I get excited about engagement for students. I attended MSM last year to find out more. I immediately began working on "how do I do this for my kids". I love my job.


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

El Camino Real: The Trade Route to Santa Fe in the 1700s. A 6th Grade Math Expedition
Limited Capacity seats available

El Camino Real, connected with the Santa Fe trail, became the primary trade route between North America and South American in the 1700s. For almost 300 years, a major tool of survival wasn't just guns and horses: it was math.

Join the El Camino Real Community and learn about this engaging math story project.

Presenters
avatar for Kristy Dillingham

Kristy Dillingham

Assistant Principal, El Camino Real Academy
Kristy Dillingham isthe Asst. Principal at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, NM, a PreK-8th dual language school. Kristy believes passionately in engaging students in the learning process: learn as we live and live as we learn.  She has lead curriculum development that is place-based... Read More →
avatar for Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

Nachly Estrada-Hernandez

6th Grade Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Nachly is a dual languagel teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is her very first year teaching after graduating from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Elementary Education. Her first year has been an amazing experience so far, working along a wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Edmund Gorman

Edmund Gorman

STEM Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
avatar for Grace Padilla

Grace Padilla

Teacher, El Camino Real Academy
Dual Language Grade 6 Teacher


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Sweeney B Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

EMPIRES in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Last year MidSchoolMath released the first socially-networked story-based math game, EMPIRES. 

Trading of virtual goats and researching metallurgy, interwoven with a youthful love story and the creation of settled civilizations in Ancient Mesopotamia is not the formula one expects when considering methods to raise the dismal track record of US students
on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) scale in math. 

So why goats? Because goats, or metallurgy, or wherever else a civilization story can take you, can help math make sense. A compelling story pedagogy takes learning deeper. The game starts with an introductory trailer that creates a captivating setting with a feeling that this is the beginning of civilization. Characters and plot are essential parts to keeping to story moving as the game begins. Students manage their empire, tallying assets, investing and distributing resources. As each activity unfolds, opportunities for deep learning of math – and repetitive practice – appear, woven into the context of the game.

Math uniquely comes to life within EMPIRES. Ratios and proportional relationships are explored as resources are invested in projects; the Pythagorean Theorem serves as a tool that allows the measurement of distance and time between a neighboring empire to complete a trade. 

Join math teacher, Lori Brown, to find out what happened when she brought EMPIRES to her classroom! 


Presenters
avatar for Lori Brown

Lori Brown

Math Department Chair/Teacher, The Academy for Technology & the Classics



Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

High Altitude Ballooning
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High altitude ballooning is an involved process that incorporates a range of math standards that can be expanded with the needs of the teacher and student. Younger students might appreciate the simple concept of buoyancy while older students might appreciate the application of the ideal gas law.

I became fascinated with high altitude ballooning after seeing a youtube video a few years ago, and conducted my own launch last May. In this session, I'll guide you through the process of a high altitude balloon launch and how the steps involved bridge all areas of math and science.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Speck

Chris Speck

8th Grade Math/STEM, Garfield STEM Middle School
Originally from Nebraska, I moved to Albuquerque in 1994 and have lived here ever since. I love participating in endurance activities including GORUCK, triathlon, and running. Graduate of UNM, I've taught in APS for 13 years and have taught middle school math for the last 3. I became... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
O'Keeffe Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Math Story Projects in Action: The Race Around the World & Beyond
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This popular session is now full - so we've added an encore! Seats are available in this session at 11:10 am on Saturday. 

In 16 years of teaching, math story projects have changed my classroom and made students more engaged, the teachers and parents more engaged, and increase in test scores. Test scores were just a bonus. After one semester students, teachers, and parents have never been more excited about math. Through quality real-life situational problem solving students work through Algebra  and middle school pre-algebra standards.

Presenters
avatar for Hillary McPartlon

Hillary McPartlon

Teacher, Instructional Coach & Dean of Students, Taos Academy Charter School
For the past 7 years I have been a Project CRISS (CReating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Trainer and Educational Consultant. I have taught K-12 with experience teaching all core subjects, Leadership, Student Government and Global Studies. I received a Masters of... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center

2:45pm

Zombie Math Adventure
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce you to the online, interactive math story project I have developed: Zombie Math Adventure.

You'll learn about the architecture behind the website, the development of the story, the standards that are covered, and have the chance to experience the story and the math for yourself. This provides an instant take-away that you can even start using in your classrooms as an enrichment activity!

Presenters
avatar for Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Teacher, Santa Fe High School
Originally from Virginia, I have been teaching Math, Science, and Computer Programming in New Mexico and New York for the past 7 years. In my free time, I launch model rockets, brew beer, and write math stories about zombies.


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Sweeney A Santa Fe Community Convention Center