UCSMP and CEMSE Speakers at NCTM Conference

April 23, 2012

CEMSE and UCSMP staff members will be speaking at the National Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA. CEMSE and Everyday Mathematics Senior Editor David Spangler will present “Mathematical Humor with a Point: Communicating Effectively with Students,” on Thursday, April 26 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. David will examine how humor can allow students to gain an offbeat view of topics while reinforcing concepts. He will share anecdotes, jokes, cartoons, bad ads, and news clippings illustrating how miscommunicated math leads to ridiculous conclusions.

Professor Zalman Usiskin, UCSMP Director, will present “The Ethics of Using Advanced Technologies in a CCSSM Environment” on Thursday, April 26, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Zalman will discuss ethical questions raised by the classroom use of computer algebra systems (CAS) and other advanced technologies. Among the questions to be discussed: Is it fair for some students to have CAS when others don't? Is it ethical to prepare students with these technologies if they are not allowed on high-stakes tests?

Also on Thursday, Denisse Thompson, UCSMP Secondary Component Director of Evaluation, is presenting: “Chapter Tests: Do They Assess What You Think They Assess?" Along with lead speaker, Patricia D. Hunsader, and co-speaker Barbara Zorin, Denisse will discuss how items on chapter tests accompanying mathematics curricula may not actually assess what a quick perusal indicates. This presentation will introduce several systematic issues with assessment items, how to analyze items to identify instances of these issues, and how to modify items to improve their effectiveness.

Lead Speaker:
Patricia D. Hunsader
Barbara Zorin and Denisse R. Thompson

From 8:30 to 10:00 am and “Classroom Assessment of the CCSS: A Multidimensional Approach” (Gr PreK-5) from 3:30 to 4:30.
Thursday, April 26, 2012: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
107 A/B (Convention Center)
Lead Speaker:
Sarah K. Bleiler
Denisse R. Thompson

What the Common Core Standards Mean for Your Classroom

Presentation Format: 3-5 Session
Grade Band Audience: 3 to 5, PreK to 2
Attribute: CommonCore Presentation

Have you thought about how you will align classroom assessment with the CCSS? This session will show you how to apply the SPUR (Skills, Properties, Uses, and Representations) framework to create or modify assessments that help you gauge students’ multidimensional understanding of concepts addressed in the CCSS.

Not only can you choose from hundreds of presentations that are aligned with teaching the Common Core, but you can get the latest from experts on what the Common Core means for your classroom, curriculum, and students at our presentations focused on Common Core Standards. Here are a few examples:

  • Reasoning and Sense Making: Keys to the CCSS
  • Effective Teaching is Responsive Teaching
  • Leading a CCSS Implementation: Effective Strategies and New Resources
  • Achieving Uncommon Results with the CCSS

183- The Ethics of Using Advanced Technologies in a CCSSM Environment

Thursday, April 26, 2012: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Ballroom B (convention Center)
Lead Speaker:
Zalman Usiskin

Using computer algebra systems (CAS) and other advanced technologies raises ethical questions in classrooms. Is it fair for some students to have CAS when others don't? Is it ethical to prepare students with these technologies if they are not allowed on high-stakes tests? The speaker will discuss these and other ethical questions.

Presentation Format: 9-12 Session
Grade Band Audience: 9-12
Attribute: CommonCore Presentation


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