Teachers from across the Cattaraugus-Allegany region participated in Day #2 of our 6-8 Math CLC. Karen Insley and I walked our participants though several hands-on, cooperative, and challenging activities. The activities included looking at PBL (Project Based Learning), structures for teachers to use with their students, including cooperative grouping activities, being sure to stress the importance of student to student collaboration with mathematical content.
Teachers were given a task (project) and were asked to work on the beginning stages of it. They saw how this type of learning could be incorporated into their lesson planning, and how PBL could look in a mathematics classroom. Teachers saw the structures modeled, and then discussed how they could use the structures in their own classrooms. Many ideas were shared, including ideas for extension for advanced students, as well as modification for students who may need more scaffolding.
Teachers were given time to create lessons, and materials they could use in their classrooms immediately, as well as in the future. They walked away with over five different structures to use with their students. The day was successful, and teachers could collaborate and learn from each other as well as from the facilitators! Our next 6-8 Math CLC is on March 14, 2017.
By Kathleen Agnello, CA BOCES Professional Development
This August area High School Math teachers gave up some of their time to come together to work on preparing for the upcoming school year. With the transition to the Common Core over the last two years most have grown accustom to the format of the NYSED Modules on EngageNY. However, even though some Algebra I teachers have had two years under their belt (and Geometry completing their first year of using the Common Core standards) they came together to share ideas of what they’ll look to tweak for this school year. Those teaching Algebra II also worked on adapting the modules for this first year of implementation of Common Core Algebra II. Throughout the two sets of 2-day offerings in August teachers were able to share ideas with others and have time to plan to hit the ground running next month.
As things continue to change for this trainsition to the new Common Core Algebra II exam you can find any and all of the approved High School Regents changes and/or resources at EngageNY: https://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics
Resources shared for area teachers are also posted in our CABOCES HS Moodle course at: http://moodle.caboces.org/demo/course/view.php?id=471
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By: Mark Carls, CA BOCES and Hinsdale Central School
With the new High School Geometry standards and first installment of the Geometry Regents this June, area teachers have met to start collaborating on the best path to address this new assessment. During the summer and then again in early October in face-to-face sessions high school math teachers . These sessions will continue with online collaborations through Adobe Connect after New York State Education Network Team dates. Through these sessions teachers shared ideas to best address these new standards from different textbooks to utilizing technology like Geogebra and pacing out material for the year.
On Tuesday, September 16, twenty-three Pre-K teachers from the local area came together to learn about the PK Math Modules. Teachers were asked to revisit the PK math common core standards and look at the standards through the lens of Focus. Teachers focused on the major clusters- areas of intensive focus, where students need fluent understanding and application of the core concepts (approximately 70%). The teachers were introduced to supporting clusters and additional clusters. Teachers were asked to use the placemat as a guidance to inform instructional decisions regarding time and other resources spent on clusters of varying degrees of emphasis.
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Cindy Mikowicz and Mary Parr from Hinsdale Central School during the latest online
Adobe Connect meeting February 12th with Mark Carls from CABOCES
With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards this school year and a new Algebra I Common Core assessment this June, many area teachers have joined forces to share ideas and strategies to tackle this new challenge. Area teachers met face-to-face back on October 8th to begin planning the best way to approach the new standards and assessment. Since then, they’ve met after school in online CABOCES Adobe Connect meetings. In these online meetings they’ve continued to discuss their progress and to share ideas with their fellow educators. This Algebra I group will meet face-to-face again at the end of March and will have one final online meeting before the June 3rd Common Core Regents exam. Since this is the first year of implementation of the Common Core Algebra I exam the date of the exam was moved up to this earlier June date. These Algebra I students may also have the opportunity to take the Integrated Algebra exam during the regular Regents week the morning of June 20th.
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Olean City School District is currently piloting a new online supplemental math program—TenMarks, which will provide students with additional individualized math practice! A pilot group of 1st grade through Algebra I students, recently began using the program in January after teachers were provided start up information through a TenMarks webinar.