There was more to March Madness than just college basketball! The CA BOCES ISS Professional Development team delivered four workshops that supported 90 of our math teachers as they implement the Common Core Standards.
During the 3-5 Math CLC, we started the day by integrating several ELA protocols to survey the teachers. Chalk Talk, Physical Barometer, Take a Stand and Concentric Circles activities allowed us to gage their comfort level with the modules and math strategies used to help students foster a deep understanding. We created a vertical alignment chart of the Numbers and Fraction domain to better understand those standards and the skills that our students need to be successful.
At the K-2 Math CLC, we created a vertical alignment of the Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain and viewed videos on the progression of several math models and strategies used in the NYS modules. The teachers had time in both CLC’s to work collaboratively on their classroom planning and instruction.
The Technology to Teach Problem Solving in Math workshop explored computer programming for students in grades 3-5. Using the computer program Scratch, teachers got a taste of the types of thinking strategies and problem solving that their students would gain from programming and how they align to the Common Core Standards for Career and College readiness.
Algebra 1 Question Design Day was another successful collaborative effort that resulted in the creation of 181 questions aligned to the Common Core Standards for use throughout the year. The questions are located in eDoctrina, and can be made into classroom assessments for teachers to use throughout the year. We plan to continue to add more questions into this non-secure item bank for district use.
As we wait for warmer weather, we are gearing up for our Summer Math Camp that will take place in Olean from July 21-31. We hope to see you there! Please see the ISS calendar for specific grade levels and dates.