Henrico County Public SchoolsNew Mathematics TeachersGeneral Math SessionHow to make your horse thirsty and other stuff you might want to know August 21, 2012 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hermitage High School
Welcome! Introductions • Name, School, Teaching Experience • What brought you to HCPS? • What made you decide to teach math?
Objectives • To familiarize you with curriculum expectations • To introduce you to the materials, places, people and processes that can help you do your best • To teach you how to get what you want
Today’s Schedule It’s pretty simple… • General Information • Break • Collaborative Teaching/Differentiation • Breakout Sessions • Middle School • High School
Planning VDOE Website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/review.shtml • Curriculum Framework • SOL Test Blueprints • Keep in mind, SOLs are the MINIMUM standard.
Standards of Learning The Standards of Learning provide a good framework. However, teaching is more than just learning an SOL!
Rigor has been increased • Repetition has been decreased • Retention and application of content from previous years required • Vertical alignment has been improved 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning
Click here for documents Vertical Articulation Documents
Consistency • Connections • Relevance Vertical Articulation of Content Why is it important knowledge to have? All these lead to deeper understanding and long-term retention of content
Pay attention to details! http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/Teacher/Downloads/NTA/DANCING_BEAR_MOONWALKING_BEAR_CYCLIST_AWARE.wmv
HCPS Curriculum Guides All of the previous items have been consolidated into ONE document! HCPS Website: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/math/ HCPS Curriculum Guides • Pacing • Vertical Articulation • Big Ideas • VDOE Enhanced Scope and Sequence Lessons • SOL and Curriculum Framework • Teacher Notes and Elaboration
Instructional Focus To address the increased rigor of the SOL, Henrico County’s instructional focus will be the centered around the NCTM Process Standards. • Problem Solving • Reasoning • Representations • Communication • Connections The observational focus will be rigor and engagement.
Summer Institutes • Need a refresher? • Visit the HCPS math website!
Problem Based Learning TheDie Hard with a Vengeance version of teaching Polya'sfour-step problem solving process http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/Teacher/downloads/nta/die_hard_jugs.mov.wmv
Was this a worthwhile task? • Does the problem challenge students to use higher-level critical thinking skills? • Are there multiple ways to solve this problem? • Is it accessible to all students? • What process standards were utilized?
HCPS Teacher Resource Page A lot of links to important documents! http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/teacher.html • ExamView test banks • Online textbooks • Carnegie Learning files • Graphing calculator instructions
Speaking of calculators… • Make sure that the calculator is a TOOL used for instruction! • It has become a crutch for many students and teachers. • Be accountable for them and have a system for storing and collecting them.
Observations/Evaluations • New Teacher Evaluation Process – August 28th at HSHS • “Snapshot” observations • Teacher requested observations • Formal Evaluation Process
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink In the past, an acceptable philosophy for educators was:
If you lead a horse to water and he doesn’t want to drink, it’s your job to make him thirsty. The present philosophy for educators goes something like this:
Instruction Make lessons active • Limit lecture – the least effective teaching method • Model the skills that you want your students to exhibit • Develop concepts rather than answers • Vary your teaching strategies • Challenge the students - rigor Have fun learning! • Encourage students to participate • Set the stage for student success
Getting Started & Surviving the first month! • NCTM – tips for teachers - http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=9584 • Develop a support system • In your department • In your school • In your county • *In your family*
Manage Your Time Wisely • Planning • Develop a schedule • The first year in any job is the hardest • Plan effective lessons • Make objectives clear to the students • Routine and structure are good, but don’t fall into a rut. Try to vary activities from time to time. • Be prepared for the unexpected. It will happen. Daily.
Classroom Management • Positive first impressions • Greet and welcome your students as they enter the room • Have a plan for the class • Share your enthusiasm • Help students to be successful • Use positive reinforcement to motivate students - give out awards for both good academics and for good effort • Have structure and procedures • With these in place discipline follows • You don’t want students creating classroom rules on the fly • Fewer rules are better • Be fair (fair does not mean equal) Don’t send mixed messages. Be consistent!
Assessing Instruction • Assessment • More than tests and quizzes • Assessment for Learning – ActivEngage! • Spell out what topics will be on the test. This will especially help those with poor study skills. • ExamView banks • Grades • Interims, Quarters, Semesters • eClass grading program • Technology • Graphing and Scientific Calculators
A critical point …a teacher of mathematics has a great opportunity. If he fills his allotted time with drilling his students in routine operations he kills their interest, hampers their intellectual development, and misuses his opportunity. But if he challenges the curiosity of his students by setting them problems proportionate to their knowledge, and helps them to solve their problems with stimulating questions, he may give them a task for, and some means of, independent thinking.” Polya, 1973/1945
WCYDWT Video • (What Can You Do With This) • The best motivator of all is connecting math to the real world.
Changing Instruction • Dan Meyer – Math class needs a makeover • Today's math curriculum is teaching students to expect -- and excel at -- paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. • http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html
Questions? • Please contact me about anything! • Skip Tyler • firstname.lastname@example.org • 652-3753
Differentiate in the classroom. Realize that students have different skills sets.
Collaborative Teaching/Differentiated Learning • Ms. Ashley Reyher • Collaborative Math Classrooms: Co-teaching Tips and Strategies • Collaborative Math flipchart
Breakout sessions • High school stays here – 139 – Skip Tyler • Middle school goes to room 160 – Jamie Perkins
Grade 6 Course 1 Standards
Grade 7 Course 2 Standards
Grade 8 Course 3 Standards
http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/math These are still drafts and may have minor edits. Examine the HCPS Curriculum Guides Examine the HCPS online courses and teacher resource page. • http://teachers.henrico.k12.va.us/math/teacher.html