School Improvement in Maryland

Educator Effectiveness Academy Summer 2011: Mathematics Activities

We hope that educators find the following powerpoint presentations and activities from the Educator Effectiveness Academies useful in planning professional development activities in the coming months.

Day 1 Activities
Activity Description Purpose of this activity
Power Point

Power Point for Day 1

  • Slides from the power point provide the outcomes and directions for each activity.
1

Analysis of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
Eight groups, each one having a different Standard for Mathematical Practice, begin by reading an assigned standard for mathematical practice and underlining the verbs. Groups discuss their standard for mathematical practice and chart the things that a student who is proficient with their standard for mathematical practice might do. Each group shares.

  • To introduce mixed school teams to the language of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • To have teams reflect on the types of things students might do to demonstrate proficiency with a standard for mathematical practice
2

Generic Activity and Answer Key
Individuals will complete a rich open ended mathematics problem. They will then attempt to make connections between their thinking and the proficiencies described in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

  • To have school teams make connections between actions that they used when problem solving and the proficiencies describe in the Standards for Mathematical Practice
3

4 Corners
Four signs will be posted around the room.

  • ELA
  • Mathematics
  • Principals
  • STEM

Participants will move to the applicable corner. Each group will be given 2-3 questions to discuss. The questions will deal with how someone in their area might support students in becoming proficient in the Standards for Mathematical Practice.

  • To have each member of the school team realize that educators both in and out of the mathematics classroom can provide experiences to their students that will foster the development of the described proficiencies.
Day 2 Activities
Session Activity Description Purpose of this activity
1 Power Point

Power Point for Day 2
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

  • Slides from the power point provide the outcomes and directions for each activity.
Activity 1

Double Bubble Thinking Map Ice Breaker
Matching Activity
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

Participants will be given an envelope with 8 strips of paper with the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice and 5 strips of paper that have typical mathematics problems. Participants will be asked to make matches between the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the mathematics problems.

  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To allow teachers to discuss how problems that teachers are already using require students to display some of the behaviors described in the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • To allow teachers to discuss the fact that such problems may actually be connected to several practices
  • To allow teachers to see that the Standards for Mathematical Practice can easily be woven into lessons with carefully selected problems
Activity 2

Scavenger Hunt and Answer Key
Participants will be asked to bring a copy of the Common Core State Standards. They will read the document in search of the answers to 20 prepared questions. Table groups will compare answers and then in summary the master teacher will emphasize key points.

  • To require teachers to examine the K-HS Common Core State Standards
  • To have teachers read and discuss some of the introductory paragraphs in sections that they might normally skip
  • To have teachers gain a sense of some of the differences between the structure of K-8 and high school standards
2 Activity 1

Jeopardy and Answer Key
Column headings include

  • Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Codes
  • Standards
  • Standards for Mathematical Practice Too
  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To provide spiral review of the vocabulary and content covered to this point
Activity 2

Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Framework Documents Exploration
PK and Answer Key
K and Answer Key
1 and Answer Key
2 and Answer Key
3 and Answer Key
4 and Answer Key
5 and Answer Key
6 and Answer Key
7 and Answer Key
8 and Answer Key
Algebra I and Answer Key
Algebra II and Answer Key
Geometry and Answer Key
A Jigsaw structure will be used to explore framework documents. Each expert group is assigned a framework to explore and then the expertise is shared with members of other groups.

  • To allow teachers to explore the framework documents created by Maryland educators
  • To provide an opportunity to become familiar with the structure, color coding and language used by Maryland educators as they “unpacked” the standards at each level
  • This activity goes deeper into understanding the language of the standards than the Scavenger Hunt
3 Activity 1

Gallery Walk
Chart paper, with a topic from the following list written at the top, will be posted around the room.

  • Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Structure and Vocabulary of the Common Core State Standards
  • Maryland Common Core State Curriculum Frameworks

Groups will circulate from paper to paper recording things that they know about each topic. Any misunderstanding recorded by the participants should be addressed by the facilitator.

  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To provide spiral review of the vocabulary and content covered to this point
  • This can also serve as a formative assessment — the comments recorded will provide insight as to what information the participants have internalized to this point
Activity 2

Pass the “Standard”
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Each group of 4 will be given an envelope containing 4 pieces of paper. Each sheet displays a code for a standard and 4 work spaces. Each participant records his/her thoughts as to how to approach the teaching of the standard along with a Standard for Mathematical Practice that may be fostered by the standard. After a designated time the participants “Pass the Standard” to next participant in the group. The process is repeated with the new problem. Groups will then pass their envelope to another group for review.

  • To provide the opportunity to think about experiences that educators might provide students to help them become proficient with the standardTo interact with the codes for the standards
  • To connect standards, to instruction and to the Standards for Mathematical Practice
4 Activity 1

Feedback on the Maryland Common Core Framework documents
Using the problems from the Pass the “Standard” activity, groups will locate the standards in the framework documents and then review the language of the “Essential Skills and Knowledge” statements. Using the thoughts from the Pass the “Standard” activity, groups will generate and record additional statements that could be added to the framework document.

  • To get feedback on the framework documents
  • To use the ideas generated during the Pass the “Standard” activity to provide additional “Essential Skills and Knowledge” statements
Activity 2

Making Connections Between Instructional Practices and Standards
Kindergarten
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
High School
Algebra
Participants will complete a rich open ended mathematics problem. After completing the problem, they will reflect on the Content and Practice Standards that this problem would support.

  • To look at and complete one of the rich open ended mathematics problems that educators around the state have created in support of the new curriculum
  • To make connections between an instructional task and both Content and Practice Standards
Day 3 Activities
Session Activity Description Purpose of this activity
1 Power Point

Power Point for Day 3
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

  • Slides from the power point provide the outcomes and directions for each activity.
Activity 1

Find Someone Who
Elementary and Middle School and Answer key
High School and Answer key
Participants will mix and mingle in search of people who can provide answers to review questions.

  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To review both the language and the content the Common Core State Standards
Activity 2

Learning Progression of a Standard
PreK - Grade 5
Middle School
High School
Each group of 4 in the session will have a different standard. The groups will explore framework documents in search of standards that would be included in a learning progression with their assigned standard.

  • To see how the standards before and after a selected standard create a learning progression
  • To see the vertical alignment of the Common Core State Standards
  • To review multiple grade level/content standards
2 Activity 1

8 Corners for Standards for Mathematical Practice
PreK - Grade 5
Middle School
High School
Participants will read a problem that is being projected on a PowerPoint slide. They will make a decision as to the Standard for Mathematical Practice that has the strongest connection to the problem and then move to the corresponding corner (sign). Group members first discuss why they made their decision and then they share the rationale with the large group.

  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To review of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • To make connections between mathematics content and the Standards for Mathematical Practices
Activity 2

Provide input to inform the development of toolkit items for challenging standards and Toolkit Components
Each group will examine a group of standards from a different grade level/content. Groups will be asked to complete a form listing the top 5 standards from their assigned group of standards that need toolkit support. A list of the types of tools that would be useful will also be generated.

  • To analyze an assigned group of standards with the lens of determining which standards will need the most support and what types of support would be useful
  • To provide feedback to MSDE that helps prioritize beginning work on Toolkit development
3 Activity 1

Link to Dan Meyer video
Reflection questions to accompany the Dan Meyer video and Instruction

Participants will watch a presentation in which a mathematics teacher critiques typical mathematics instruction and offers suggestions.

  • To provide transition for the principals joining the group
  • To make connections between the message that Dan Meyer delivers, the Standards for Mathematical Practice and mathematics instruction
Activity 2

Reflection and Exit Ticket
Participants will discuss what they will go back and share with the people at your school.

  • Teachers will be going to work with their school team immediately after this session, this discussion will allow the participants to hear each other’s ideas of what they want to take back to their school.