Mathematics Teachers Association

MTA MMXVIII

2018 MTA Conference

October 26, 2018
Charles P. Allen High
200 Innovation Drive
Bedford, N.S.

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"For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of Mathematics."
- Roger Bacon

Registration Fees

Membership Conference Fee $85.00
Substitutes & Retirees $45.00
Students (Register after September 30th) $25.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 14(e)(iii): receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Conference registration fee can only be refunded prior to the registration deadline.
Deadline:  October 12, 2018

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sessions fill up quickly

Conference Information

Sonya O'Sullivan:  slo'sullivan@nstu.ca  or  mtaconference@nstu.ca

Schedule for the day

Registration 8:15 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
Session A 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Break 10:15 a.m. 10:35 a.m.
Session B 10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Lunch (Off-site) 11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
AGM (on-site) 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Session C 1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

Session A

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Session B

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Session C

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Session A (9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are limited to 30 participants.

A1: Breakout EDU Boxes  (Grades 3-12)
Peter Day
Breakout EDU activities bring the excitement of an escape room into your class. Students must use their knowledge of a topic and problem solve in order to “breakout”. Each group has a box with a number of locks of different varieties on it. By answering questions and solving problems with the clues provided students are actively engaged in the lesson.

A2: Hands-on Problem Solving  (Grades P-9)
Danielle Cox & Meaghan Cormier
Problem solving is an essential skill in all areas of mathematics and science. These skills can be developed through the act of mathematical play. In this session we will explore a variety of hands-on problem solving activities that you can do in the classroom with little preparation! We will explore Shur Boxes, SET, and more. Handouts will be provided.

A3: Helping Our Students Master their Math Facts in a Fun, Easy Way (Grades 1-4)
Ann Barkhouse
Looking at using Language Arts stories to help students struggling with math facts and concepts. Using addition facts and the make ten strategy to solve subtraction problems.  Using a system of parent communication to help parents help their children with math facts and other math concepts. A look at partitioning and being flexible with numbers which will be used in open number lines and front end addition.

A4: The Amazing Number Line: A Number Sense Tool Students Can Count On  (Grades 1-6)
Denise Johnston-MacDonald
This interactive session will highlight the myriad of ways students use number lines to support their thinking. We'll explore open, closed and organic number lines and how this tool can be used to facilitate the development of personal strategies, model operations and create lots of opportunities for math talk.

A5: Exciting and Engaging Math in the 21st Century Classroom (Grades P-6)
Dwayne Slobodnick
Technology can be an exciting and engaging force in mathematics learning. In this session, we will explore a variety of easy-to-use technology and tools that can be used to help support diverse learners with numeracy, problem-solving, and communicating ideas. 

A6: Rich Tasks to use in Mathematics 10  (Grade 10)
Thèrése Forsythe & Alanna Hutten
In this session we intend to share some of the activities we use with our mathematics 10 classes. The activities chosen are ones that engage students in the learning of mathematics 10 topics. All of the activities presented will be put in a google classroom for those registering but participants will have a chance to practice with a few of them during the session.

A7: It's Un -BEE-lievable What You Can Do with BeeBot as Part of Your Mathematics Teaching! (Grades P-3)
Corin MacKeigan
How to effectively use BeeBots in the classroom to support outcomes in all areas of the Mathematics program P-3.  Teachers will have an opportunity to try out BeeBots and activity stations that may be helpful in their own classrooms.

A8: Learning to Fail 2.0 (Grades 8-12)
Carolyn Nickelo & Ron Smith
A wrong answer is not the end of the road - it's the beginning step on the path to learning. In this workshop, we will explore strategies such as scaffolded open-ended problems and reflective inventories before and after assessments as tools to help students to be more willing to take chances and learn from mistakes along the way. While many examples will be specific to the Math 10 and Pre-IB 10 courses, this workshop is appropriate for any teacher looking to help their students to build resiliency.

A9: Building Spatial Sense in Lower Elementary Through Play  (Grades P-3)
Jocelyn Casey
Learn how to develop visual/spatial reasoning for students in grades P-3 through the use of games, technology, and manipulatives. Come and have fun learning with this hands-on workshop.  English presentation with handouts available in French.

A10: Incorporating Open-Middle and Constructivist Lessons into the Curriculum (Grades 7-9)
Marcia Marian-Burke
Participants will learn how to incorporate open-middle questions and constructivist lessons inspired by Dan Meyer into the Jr High Math classroom.

A11: The Power of Number Talks (Grades P-5)
Stephanie Wolfe
What are number talks? How can they be used in Primary – Grade 5 classrooms to promote student thinking, communication, and reasoning? How can students grow as mathematicians through number talks? Engage in number talks, learn about their purpose, and discuss how to implement number talks into your daily mathematics lessons.

A12: Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Mathematics (Grades P-6)
Kyla Bernard
Primary teachers, are you looking for ways to embed Indigenous content into math in authentic ways? Not sure where to begin? Do you want to learn how to do it in respectful ways that will engage all learners? Come meet Indigenous author, Kyla Bernard, who wrote for Pearson’s Mathology series. She will talk about her experiences as an Indigenous educator and how this writing experience is helping to provide quality authentic Indigenous pedagogy and content into mathematics. Kyla will provide concrete strategies that you can use now and talk about why it is important for all students to learn about Indigenous knowledge and culture.

A13: Assessment and Instruction in Grades Primary – 3 (Grades P-3)
Sherene Sharpe
In this workshop, participants will focus on balanced assessment in the classroom. We will examine a case study using product, observation, and conversation/interview to confirm what the student has under control; what assessment information can we gather using balanced assessment, and based on this assessment evidence, what are next steps for instruction.

A14: Transferring Concrete Understanding to Symbolic Understanding in Elementary Number Operations  (Grades 1-7)
Kelly Zinck
Often students achieve success with concrete materials but when moving to symbolic representations, it can feel like they are learning an entirely new concept.  In this session, we will explore strategies to help learners transfer their understanding of mathematics concepts from the concrete to symbolic, AKA: concreteness fading. 

A15: Path of a Projectile (Grades 10-12)
Karen Service
This activity models the path of a projectile as it is launched from a catapult made from binder clips.  We will use smart phone technology to capture the motion, then analyze the results and explore transformations using Desmos.  While this activity models a quadratic function, the techniques could be used for linear and other functions.  Bring your own device with the Desmos app.

A16: Growth Mindset in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades P-6)
Janet Budden & Karen Gates
This interactive workshop will discuss the role of growth mindset in the mathematics classroom.

A17: Geometropolis: Student-Led Exploratory Learning (Grades 7-10)
Jonathan Sproul & Damion Pollard
This workshop will explore using student-led collaboration and inquiry to design a project to develop understanding of 2D and 3D geometry.

A18: Stations in the High School Math Class (Grades 10-11)
Danielle Skinner & Kim Fralick
Many students struggle with the transition from shorter, more active elementary and junior high style learning environments to the longer, more static learning in a high school math class. This session will remind high school math teachers how easy and effective stations can be used for learning and formative assessment in the high school math class. Models using stations with paper and pencil, GDC, google sheets and DESMOS will be presented for teaching a variety of grade 10 and 11 math outcomes.

A19: Number Sense Routines Grades P-2 (Grades P-2)
Amanda Messervey Hall & Laurie Collins
This is a session where teachers will have an opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of number sense routines geared for lower elementary

A20: Problem Solving (Grades 7-9)
Ian VanderBurgh
Come prepared to sit down for 75 minutes to just solve some problems.  In this session, we will solve problems and focus on problem solving strategies useful in the classroom and for enrichment.

A21: Coding in High School Mathematics Using TI Graphing Technology (Grades 8-12)
Darryl Marchand
Come and see how easy it is to integrate coding into HS Math using TI graphing Technology.  With the TI-Innovator, Rover, TI resources and a graphing calculator you can introduce basic coding.  FREE Software available.

A22: Using TI Nspire Calulators for Circle Geometry (Grade 9)
Allister Wadden
Let's investigate using graphing calculators to explore tangents and chords.

A23: Finding Math in Making (Grades P-8)
Jeff Hennigar and Nick Baskwill
Join us for a session of Maker Ed pedagogy and build time. We'll discuss making in the classroom and share some of our favourite lessons while tying it all together through the lens of math teachers. Cardboard, tape and scissors provided!

A24: Les centres d’apprentissage de Mathématiques M à 6 (Grades P-6)
Jennifer Mallette
Ensemble, nous explorerons des stratégies pour simplifier et enrichir l'enseignement des mathématiques dans les centres d'apprentissage. Des outils de planification faciles à adapter et des activités pour s'assurer que tous vos élèves ont un défi approprié seront partagés ainsi que des routines pour développer un bon vocabulaire mathématique et promouvoir la communication orale.

A25: Representing Numbers with Flexibility (Grades P-6)
Nicole MacNeil
Come join me in this P-6 session where we will look at the importance of flexible thinking when working with numbers. We will explore flexibility in partitioning, representing numbers, and number expressions and how having flexibility supports strategies for basic facts and in later grades the distributive property. We will look at a continuum for this big idea, as well as share ideas for problem based lessons, games, tasks, and assessment.

A26: Teaching for Mastery: Applying a Mastery Approach to Instruction and Learning (Grades 1-6)
David Costello
Have you ever heard students say "I don't remember this"? Did you think students understood a concept and/or strategy, only to find out later this was not the case? It is not enough to teach for short-term memory. This session will provide strategies that can be embedded into classroom routines to move learning beyond achievement and into mastery.

A27: Number Sense in a Guided Math Classroom P-2 (ressources disponible en français) (Grades P-2)
Ann Morris and Danette Samson-Landry
In this session, we will look at number sense and how it can be developed in a guided math environment. We will discuss the four early numeracy concepts: subitizing, verbal counting, cardinality and spatial relationships. Within these concepts, we will delve into assessment, games and activities that will enhance student number sense. Activities and games are available in English and French.

A28: Fraction Feast and "unplugged" Math Games Students Love (Grades 4-7)
Ashley Fletcher
In this interactive session teachers can refresh their knowledge of fractions and I will share some successful practices; like how I use food to increase engagement and fractional understanding. We will explore fraction manipulatives and sample questions/activities. We will finish the session by playing a variety of technology-free math games students love. You leave the workshop with strategies to teach fractions and games to meet a variety of outcomes.

A29: When am I going to Use This? (All Grades)
Ron Lancaster
How do you respond to a student who asks when they ever going to use mathematics in their lives?  In this workshop, we will discuss why students ask this question in the first place and we will formulate a number of possible responses.  Resources will be provided that new teachers will be able to use to answer this age-old question.

A30: Time to Talk: Communicating in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom (Grades 4-8)
Evan Throop Robinson
This interactive workshop is designed to engage participants in meaningful conversations about mathematical knowledge and beliefs about mathematics. We will model classroom strategies to promote math talk and foster productive discourse among students. Tips for analyzing classroom discourse and assessment strategies will support teachers’ implementation of this Time to Talk approach.

A31: What if Numbers were Missing? (Grades P-6)
Jocelyn Procopio
Join this session for a reflective group activity to better appreciate place value and number sense. This session will give you a deeper understanding of the number system and why students struggle.

A32: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (Grades 3-6)
Kara MacLeod
This workshop will review the definition of a Learning Disability and discuss common learning profiles of students that have learning disabilities in the area of mathematics. It will provide strategies and adaptations geared for students in grades 3 – 6 to support specific areas of challenges. This is an interactive presentation and participants are asked to bring an iPad.

A33: Math on the Move (Grades 3-8)
Brad Pemberton and Lisa Bunin
Come enjoy an inquiry based, hands-on session of mathematics. The session will investigate the use of pedometers to get kids moving and having fun as they explore Big Ideas in Number and Measurement. In this hands-on session, participants will explore the relationship between steps, distance, and time. They will also consider a variety of engaging, rich tasks which encourage problem-solving and reasoning using the data from pedometers and other step-tracking technology.

A34: Accommodating the Gifted Math Student (Grades 4-8)
Katie MacLeod and Mark MacLeod
This session will help teachers provide their enriched students extra opportunities besides the "average" curriculum. This enrichment should be occurring through students having experiences with and solving non-routine problems. Teachers will be given resources to help guide students through various problem-solving activities and projects, all of which should see them having to “think mathematics” and make sense of mathematical concepts.

A35: Explorons les fractions avec des objets de manipulation (Grades 4-8)
Dianne Doucet
Voulez-vous mieux comprendre les fractions en utilisant des représentations concrètes? Pendant l'atelier, nous allons comparer et ordonner des fractions, illustrer et expliquer que, pour différents touts, il est possible que deux fractions identiques ne représentent pas la même quantité tout en explorant différents matériel de manipulation comme les réglettes Cuisenaires, les blocs-formes, le cercle fractionnaire et les jetons bicolors.

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Session B (10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.)

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are limited to 30 participants.

B1: Breakout EDU Boxes (Grades 3-12)
Peter Day
Breakout EDU activities bring the excitement of an escape room into your class. Students must use their knowledge of a topic and problem solve in order to “breakout”. Each group has a box with a number of locks of different varieties on it. By answering questions and solving problems with the clues provided students are actively engaged in the lesson.

B2: Hands-on Problem Solving (Grades P-9)
Danielle Cox & Meaghan Cormier
Problem solving is an essential skill in all areas of mathematics and science. These skills can be developed through the act of mathematical play. In this session we will explore a variety of hands-on problem solving activities that you can do in the classroom with little preparation! We will explore Shur Boxes, SET, and more. Handouts will be provided.

B3: Helping our Students Master their Math Facts in a Fun, Easy Way (Grades 1-4)
Ann Barkhouse
Looking at using Language Arts stories to help students struggling with math facts and concepts. Using addition facts and the make ten strategy to solve subtraction problems.  Using a system of parent communication to help parents help their children with math facts and other math concepts. A look at partitioning and being flexible with numbers which will be used in open number lines and front end addition.

B4: The Amazing Number Line: A Number Sense Tool Students Can Count On  (Grades 1-6)
Denise Johnston-MacDonald
This interactive session will highlight the myriad of ways students use number lines to support their thinking. We'll explore open, closed and organic number lines and how this tool can be used to facilitate the development of personal strategies, model operations and create lots of opportunities for math talk.

B5: Exciting and Engaging Math in the 21st Century Classroom (Grades P-6)
Dwayne Slobodnick
Technology can be an exciting and engaging force in mathematics learning. In this session, we will explore a variety of easy-to-use technology and tools that can be used to help support diverse learners with numeracy, problem-solving, and communicating ideas. 

B6: Rich Tasks to use in Mathematics 10  (Grade 10)
Thèrése Forsythe & Alanna Hutten
In this session we intend to share some of the activities we use with our mathematics 10 classes. The activities chosen are ones that engage students in the learning of mathematics 10 topics. All of the activities presented will be put in a google classroom for those registering but participants will have a chance to practice with a few of them during the session.

B7: It's Un -BEE-lievable What You Can Do with BeeBot as Part of Your Mathematics Teaching! (Grades P-3)
Corin MacKeigan
How to effectively use BeeBots in the classroom to support outcomes in all areas of the Mathematics program P-3.  Teachers will have an opportunity to try out BeeBots and activity stations that may be helpful in their own classrooms.

B8: Learning to Fail 2.0 (Grades 8-12)
Carolyn Nickelo & Ron Smith
A wrong answer is not the end of the road - it's the beginning step on the path to learning. In this workshop, we will explore strategies such as scaffolded open-ended problems and reflective inventories before and after assessments as tools to help students to be more willing to take chances and learn from mistakes along the way. While many examples will be specific to the Math 10 and Pre-IB 10 courses, this workshop is appropriate for any teacher looking to help their students to build resiliency.

B9: Building Spatial Sense in Lower Elementary Through Play  (Grades P-3)
Jocelyn Casey
Learn how to develop visual/spatial reasoning for students in grades P-3 through the use of games, technology, and manipulatives. Come and have fun learning with this hands-on workshop.  English presentation with handouts available in French.

B10: Incorporating Open-Middle and Constructivist lessons into the Curriculum (Grades 7-9)
Marcia Marian-Burke
Participants will learn how to incorporate open-middle questions and constructivist lessons inspired by Dan Meyer into the Jr High Math classroom.

B11: The Power of Number Talks (Grades P-5)
Stephanie Wolfe
What are number talks? How can they be used in Primary – Grade 5 classrooms to promote student thinking, communication, and reasoning? How can students grow as mathematicians through number talks? Engage in number talks, learn about their purpose, and discuss how to implement number talks into your daily mathematics lessons.

B12: Using GeoGebra Apps to Foster Active, Student-Centered, Discovery Learning in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades 6-12)
Tim Brzezinski
This is a virtual session:  Come explore GeoGebra's FREE Graphing Calculator, Geometry, and 3D apps and actively experience how they can EASILY foster active, differentiated, student-centered discovery-based learning in the mathematics classroom!  You'll leave with many ready-to-use ideas for future discovery lessons.  (Bring your own device.)

B13: Math in an Early Elementary Mi'kmaq Classroom (Grades P-2)
Kyla Bernard & Charleen Ferguson
Mathematics activities with a focus on Indigenous content.  Teachers will learn how to make connections to math curriculum with hands on activities and learn about Mi'kmaq Culture at the same time.  Making connections with stories, culture, and math all year round.   We will incorporate coding with Bee-Bot by making a quilt, and incorporating the 7 sacred teachings using technology.   Different ways of counting and if time would like to share a counting game Waltestaqn. 

B14: From Verbs to Nouns: When We Figure it Out We Name It! (All Grades)
Lisa Lunney Burden
Come and see the power of focusing on verbing our math practice. This workshop will explain how a shift from nouns to verbs can support student learning and engagement. Examples will be provided that show how this approach plays out in various grade levels from simple operations to algebraic functions, from 3D shapes to completing the square.

B15: Prevention and Intervention: Anticipating Errors and Misconceptions (Grades P-3)
Sherene Sharpe
In this workshop, participants will examine one partitioning outcome and one task related to this outcome to dig deeper into the task to identify and anticipate sources of errors and misconceptions that will interfere with student success on the task. We will explore the potential sources of errors and identify instructional practices to prevent these errors and misconceptions from occurring.

B16: Geometropolis: Student-Led Exploratory Learning (Grades 7-10)
Jonathan Sproul & Damion Pollard
This workshop will explore using student-led collaboration and inquiry to design a project to develop understanding of 2D and 3D geometry.

B17: Stations in the High School Math Class (Grades 10-11)
Danielle Skinner & Kim Fralick
Many students struggle with the transition from shorter, more active elementary and junior high style learning environments to the longer, more static learning in a high school math class. This session will remind high school math teachers how easy and effective stations can be used for learning and formative assessment in the high school math class. Models using stations with paper and pencil, GDC, google sheets and DESMOS will be presented for teaching a variety of grade 10 and 11 math outcomes.

B18: Games for the Junior High Mathematics Class (Grades 6-9)
Janine Stirling & Stephanie Judge
This session will focus on engaging mathematics games to reinforce junior high concepts and to allow for easy differentiation. Participants will leave the session with ready to use games.

B19: Number Sense Routines Grades P-2 (Grades P-2)
Amanda Messervey Hall & Laurie Collins
This is a session where teachers will have an opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of number sense routines geared for lower elementary

B20: Representing & Partitioning - A Math Support Perspective (Grades 1-3)
Natalie Deware & Johnanne Lohnes
A practical, hands on approach to teaching representing and partitioning numbers for students in grades 1-3; based on lessons learned from math support teachers from HRCE.

B21: Mathematical Reasoning with Puzzles and Games (Grades 7-12)
Stephanie Barnaby & Chris Walker
Join us to explore the use of various games and puzzles to support mathematical thinking, planning, pattern recognition, spatial reasoning, number sense, conjecture formation, strategy development and more!

B22: Harder Contest Problems in Number Theory (Grades 10-12)
Ian VanderBurgh
We will work through some facts and ideas that are useful for solving harder contest problems involving number theory and solve some problems from this area.

B23: Formative Assessment Techniques Using TI Technology in High School Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
Darryl Marchand
This session will demonstrate how TI Technology can aid teachers with formative assessment techniques in everyday math practices.   FREE software available.

B24: Mathématiques : Les erreurs et les idées fausses (Grades 4-8)
Antoine Jarjoura
Les enfants apprennent de leurs interactions. D’abord avec eux -mêmes par essai-erreur, ensuite avec les adultes qui les entourent et finalement avec leurs pairs. Cet atelier répondra à la question « Comment reconnaitre les erreurs et les idées fausses présentes dans le raisonnement des élèves? » et offrira l’occasion aux participantes et participants d’examiner des exemples de travaux d’élèves. Au cours de cet atelier, les éléments suivants seront discutés : Les types et les causes des erreurs, la différence entre une erreur et une idée fausse, des erreurs et des idées fausses identifiées lors de l’analyse des résultats des évaluations provinciales, ainsi que l’importance de planifier les prochaines étapes pour appuyer les élèves.

B25: Probability Project for Grade 9 (Grade 9)
Allister Wadden
Join us to discuss the Probability Unit for Grade 9's. Leave with an understanding of how to incorporate Google Forms and a Probability Project, including a rubric.

B26: Representing Numbers with Flexibility (Grades P-6)
Nicole MacNeil
Come join me in this P-6 session where we will look at the importance of flexible thinking when working with numbers. We will explore flexibility in partitioning, representing numbers, and number expressions and how having flexibility supports strategies for basic facts and in later grades the distributive property. We will look at a continuum for this big idea, as well as share ideas for problem based lessons, games, tasks, and assessment.

B27: Number Sense in a Guided Math Classroom P-2 (ressources disponible en français) (Grades P-2)
Ann Morris and Danette Samson-Landry
In this session, we will look at number sense and how it can be developed in a guided math environment. We will discuss the four early numeracy concepts: subitizing, verbal counting, cardinality and spatial relationships. Within these concepts, we will delve into assessment, games and activities that will enhance student number sense. Activities and games are available in English and French.

B28: Les tâches riches pour l’apprentissage des fractions (Grades 3-6)
Melinda Crowell
Dans cette session, on examinera les tâches riches et variées qui fourniront le développement conceptuel des fractions. On explorera les matériaux traditionnels et non traditionnels pour répresenter les fractions et discuter l’influence de chacun sur l’apprentissage des élèves. Ensuite, on travaillera le développement des tâches qui faciliteront le discours en classe et encourager les élèves de justifier leur raisonnement des représentations concrètes.

B29: Fraction Feast and "unplugged" Math Games Students Love (Grades 4-7)
Ashley Fletcher
In this interactive session teachers can refresh their knowledge of fractions and I will share some successful practices; like how I use food to increase engagement and fractional understanding. We will explore fraction manipulatives and sample questions/activities. We will finish the session by playing a variety of technology-free math games students love. You leave the workshop with strategies to teach fractions and games to meet a variety of outcomes.

B30: Time to Talk: Communicating in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom (Grades 4-8)
Evan Throop Robinson
This interactive workshop is designed to engage participants in meaningful conversations about mathematical knowledge and beliefs about mathematics. We will model classroom strategies to promote math talk and foster productive discourse among students. Tips for analyzing classroom discourse and assessment strategies will support teachers’ implementation of this Time to Talk approach.

B31: What if Numbers were Missing? (Grades P-6)
Jocelyn Procopio
Join this session for a reflective group activity to better appreciate place value and number sense. This session will give you a deeper understanding of the number system and why students struggle.

B32: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (Grades 3-6)
Kara MacLeod
This workshop will review the definition of a Learning Disability and discuss common learning profiles of students that have learning disabilities in the area of mathematics. It will provide strategies and adaptations geared for students in grades 3 – 6 to support specific areas of challenges. This is an interactive presentation and participants are asked to bring an iPad.

B33: Math Learning Centres  (Grades P-6)
Jennifer Mallette
Together, we will explore strategies to simplify and enrich the teaching of mathematics in learning centers. Easy-to-adapt planning tools and activities to ensure that all your students have an appropriate challenge will be shared as well as routines to develop good math vocabulary and promote oral communication.

B34: Small Group Instruction for Multiplication and Division (Grades 6-8)
Tanya Cassie and Cheryl Walker
Join two Math Support/Intervention Teachers to learn activities to increase student conceptual understanding and fluency with multiplication and division. Participants will leave with activities ready to implement in whole class, small group or individual instruction.

B35: Finding Math in Making (Grades P-8)
Jeff Hennigar and Nick Baskwill
Join us for a session of Maker Ed pedagogy and build time. We'll discuss making in the classroom and share some of our favourite lessons while tying it all together through the lens of math teachers. Cardboard, tape and scissors provided!

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Session C (1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.)

Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops are limited to 30 participants.

C1: Helping our Students Master their Math Facts in a Fun, Easy Way (Grades 1-4)
Ann Barkhouse
Looking at using Language Arts stories to help students struggling with math facts and concepts. Using addition facts and the make ten strategy to solve subtraction problems.  Using a system of parent communication to help parents help their children with math facts and other math concepts. A look at partitioning and being flexible with numbers which will be used in open number lines and front end addition.

C2: The Amazing Number Line: A Number Sense Tool Students Can Count On  (Grades 1-6)
Denise Johnston-MacDonald
This interactive session will highlight the myriad of ways students use number lines to support their thinking. We'll explore open, closed and organic number lines and how this tool can be used to facilitate the development of personal strategies, model operations and create lots of opportunities for math talk.

C3: Exciting and Engaging Math in the 21st Century Classroom (Grades P-6)
Dwayne Slobodnick
Technology can be an exciting and engaging force in mathematics learning. In this session, we will explore a variety of easy-to-use technology and tools that can be used to help support diverse learners with numeracy, problem-solving, and communicating ideas. 

C4: Grade 7-8 Math Interventionist Round Table (Grades 7-8)
Lesley Taylor
This session seeks to foster discussion and allow for the sharing of practices among grade 7-8 math interventionists from different regions of the province. Topics may include, but are not limited to: assessment and outcomes, scheduling, collaborating with school staff, documenting student progress, and intervention for French immersion students.

C5: Building Spatial Sense in Lower Elementary Through Play  (Grades P-3)
Jocelyn Casey
Learn how to develop visual/spatial reasoning for students in grades P-3 through the use of games, technology, and manipulatives. Come and have fun learning with this hands-on workshop.  English presentation with handouts available in French.

C6: Incorporating Open-Middle and Constructivist Lessons into the Curriculum (Grades 7-9)
Marcia Marian-Burke
Participants will learn how to incorporate open-middle questions and constructivist lessons inspired by Dan Meyer into the Jr High Math classroom.

C7: The Power of Number Talks (Grades P-5)
Stephanie Wolfe
What are number talks? How can they be used in Primary – Grade 5 classrooms to promote student thinking, communication, and reasoning? How can students grow as mathematicians through number talks? Engage in number talks, learn about their purpose, and discuss how to implement number talks into your daily mathematics lessons.

C8: Using GeoGebra Apps to Foster Active, Student-Centered, Discovery Learning in the Mathematics Classroom (Grades 6-12)
Tim Brzezinski
This is a virtual session:  Come explore GeoGebra's FREE Graphing Calculator, Geometry, and 3D apps and actively experience how they can EASILY foster active, differentiated, student-centered discovery-based learning in the mathematics classroom!  You'll leave with many ready-to-use ideas for future discovery lessons.  (Bring your own device.)

C9: Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Mathematics (Grades P-6)
Kyla Bernard
Primary teachers, are you looking for ways to embed Indigenous content into math in authentic ways? Not sure where to begin? Do you want to learn how to do it in respectful ways that will engage all learners? Come meet Indigenous author, Kyla Bernard, who wrote for Pearson’s Mathology series. She will talk about her experiences as an Indigenous educator and how this writing experience is helping to provide quality authentic Indigenous pedagogy and content into mathematics. Kyla will provide concrete strategies that you can use now and talk about why it is important for all students to learn about Indigenous knowledge and culture.

C10: From Verbs to Nouns: When We Figure It Out We Name It! (All Grades) CANCELLED
Lisa Lunney Burden
Come and see the power of focusing on verbing our math practice. This workshop will explain how a shift from nouns to verbs can support student learning and engagement. Examples will be provided that show how this approach plays out in various grade levels from simple operations to algebraic functions, from 3D shapes to completing the square.

C11: Transferring Concrete Understanding to Symbolic Understanding in Elementary Number Operations  (Grades 1-7)
Kelly Zinck
Often students achieve success with concrete materials but when moving to symbolic representations, it can feel like they are learning an entirely new concept.  In this session, we will explore strategies to help learners transfer their understanding of mathematics concepts from the concrete to symbolic, AKA: concreteness fading. 

C12: Path of a Projectile (Grades 10-12)
Karen Service
This activity models the path of a projectile as it is launched from a catapult made from binder clips.  We will use smart phone technology to capture the motion, then analyze the results and explore transformations using Desmos.  While this activity models a quadratic function, the techniques could be used for linear and other functions.  Bring your own device with the Desmos app.

C13: Geometropolis: Student-Led Exploratory Learning (Grades 7-10)
Jonathan Sproul & Damion Pollard
This workshop will explore using student-led collaboration and inquiry to design a project to develop understanding of 2D and 3D geometry.

C14: Games for the Junior High Mathematics Class (Grades 6-9)
Janine Stirling & Stephanie Judge
This session will focus on engaging mathematics games to reinforce junior high concepts and to allow for easy differentiation. Participants will leave the session with ready to use games.

C15: Number Sense Routines Grades P-2 (Grades P-2)
Amanda Messervey Hall & Laurie Collins
This is a session where teachers will have an opportunity to explore and deepen their understanding of number sense routines geared for lower elementary

C16: Representing & Partitioning - A Math Support Perspective (Grades 1-3)
Natalie Deware & Johnanne Lohnes
A practical, hands on approach to teaching representing and partitioning numbers for students in grades 1-3; based on lessons learned from math support teachers from HRCE.

C17: Mathematical Reasoning with Puzzles and Games (Grades 7-12)
Stephanie Barnaby & Chris Walker
Join us to explore the use of various games and puzzles to support mathematical thinking, planning, pattern recognition, spatial reasoning, number sense, conjecture formation, strategy development and more!

C18: Problem Solving (Grades 10-12)
Ian VanderBurgh
Come prepared to sit down for 75 minutes to just solve some problems.  In this session, we will solve problems and focus on problem solving strategies useful in the classroom and for enrichment.

C19: Using TI-84 calculators to identify parabolic equations from real life pictures (Grade 10)
Allister Wadden
Let's investigate using the TI-84 calculator to identify parabolic equations from real-life pictures installed by you.

C20: Math Learning Centres  (Grades P-6)
Jennifer Mallette
Together, we will explore strategies to simplify and enrich the teaching of mathematics in learning centers. Easy-to-adapt planning tools and activities to ensure that all your students have an appropriate challenge will be shared as well as routines to develop good math vocabulary and promote oral communication.

C21: Project Based Learning in Mathematics "ressources disponibles en français"  (Grades 6-9)
Matt Murphy and Stephanie McMillan
Brief introduction to project based learning for mid-level mathematics as well as presentation of some sample projects. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a sample lesson and brainstorm ways to incorporate PBL in their classroom.

C22: Representing Numbers with Flexibility (Grades P-6)
Nicole MacNeil
Come join me in this P-6 session where we will look at the importance of flexible thinking when working with numbers. We will explore flexibility in partitioning, representing numbers, and number expressions and how having flexibility supports strategies for basic facts and in later grades the distributive property. We will look at a continuum for this big idea, as well as share ideas for problem based lessons, games, tasks, and assessment.

C23: Teaching for Mastery: Applying a Mastery Approach to Instruction and Learning (Grades 1-6)
David Costello
Have you ever heard students say "I don't remember this"? Did you think students understood a concept and/or strategy, only to find out later this was not the case? It is not enough to teach for short-term memory. This session will provide strategies that can be embedded into classroom routines to move learning beyond achievement and into mastery.

C24: Number Sense in a Guided Math Classroom P-2 (ressources disponible en français) (Grades P-2)
Ann Morris and Danette Samson-Landry
In this session, we will look at number sense and how it can be developed in a guided math environment. We will discuss the four early numeracy concepts: subitizing, verbal counting, cardinality and spatial relationships. Within these concepts, we will delve into assessment, games and activities that will enhance student number sense. Activities and games are available in English and French.

C25: Les tâches riches pour l’apprentissage des fractions (Grades 3-6)
Melinda Crowell
Dans cette session, on examinera les tâches riches et variées qui fourniront le développement conceptuel des fractions. On explorera les matériaux traditionnels et non traditionnels pour répresenter les fractions et discuter l’influence de chacun sur l’apprentissage des élèves. Ensuite, on travaillera le développement des tâches qui faciliteront le discours en classe et encourager les élèves de justifier leur raisonnement des représentations concrètes.

C26: Fraction Feast and "unplugged" Math Games Students Love (Grades 4-7)
Ashley Fletcher
In this interactive session teachers can refresh their knowledge of fractions and I will share some successful practices; like how I use food to increase engagement and fractional understanding. We will explore fraction manipulatives and sample questions/activities. We will finish the session by playing a variety of technology-free math games students love. You leave the workshop with strategies to teach fractions and games to meet a variety of outcomes.

C27: Low-floor, high-ceiling and multi-grade problems that literally start on the floor (Grades 7-12)
Ron Lancaster
In this workshop we will examine problems that all students in grades 7 - 12 can enter into by making use of the floor space in classrooms, gymnasiums and hallways.  We will create physical representations of the solutions to these problems that can be displayed on a wall or hung from a ceiling.  We will discuss how all students can access the problems according to their own competency and background knowledge, and learn alongside their peers with different strengths.

C28: Best Fit: Are You Using the Best Technology in Your Math Classroom? (Grades 9-12)
Darryl Marchand
Come and see what is new and available from TI to maximize your use of technology in the HS math classroom. FREE software available.

C29: What if Numbers were Missing? (Grades 7-9)
Jocelyn Procopio
Join this session for a reflective group activity to better appreciate place value and basic algorithms. This session will give you a deeper appreciation of how students who struggle feel.

C30: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (Grades 7-12)
Kara MacLeod
This workshop will review the definition of a Learning Disability and discuss common learning profiles of students that have learning disabilities in the area of mathematics. It will provide strategies and adaptations geared for students in grades 7 – 12 to support specific areas of challenges. This is an interactive presentation and participants are asked to bring an iPad.

C31: Small Group Instruction for Multiplication and Division (Grades 6-8)
Tanya Cassie and Cheryl Walker
Join two Math Support/Intervention Teachers to learn activities to increase student conceptual understanding and fluency with multiplication and division. Participants will leave with activities ready to implement in whole class, small group or individual instruction.

C32: Math on the Move (Grades 3-8)
Brad Pemberton and Lisa Bunin
Come enjoy an inquiry based, hands-on session of mathematics. The session will investigate the use of pedometers to get kids moving and having fun as they explore Big Ideas in Number and Measurement. In this hands-on session, participants will explore the relationship between steps, distance, and time. They will also consider a variety of engaging, rich tasks which encourage problem-solving and reasoning using the data from pedometers and other step-tracking technology.

C33: Virtual reality in the Classroom (Grades 4-12)
Jeff Hennigar and Nick Baskwill
VR is becoming more and more accessible. Not just for consumers, but creators! Come explore some VR creation tools for iOS and Chromebooks: CoSpaces.io and Google's Expeditions & Tour Creator. Your students can make VR to share their learning, and teach others! **Participants should bring a laptop or iPad.

C34: Accommodating the Gifted Math Student (Grades 4-8 )
Katie MacLeod and Mark MacLeod
This session will help teachers provide their enriched students extra opportunities besides the "average" curriculum. This enrichment should be occurring through students having experiences with and solving non-routine problems. Teachers will be given resources to help guide students through various problem-solving activities and projects, all of which should see them having to “think mathematics” and make sense of mathematical concepts.

C35: NSE Mathematics 10 - Results and Lessons Learned (Grades 9-12)
Lennie Comeau
Results from the 2017-18 (and prior) NSE Mathematics 10 Examination will be discussed and Lessons Learned document highlighted.

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