Math in Action 2008 Program

Session A: 8:30 - 9:30 am
A1 Everyday Math Games
Michael Klann, McGraw Hill/Wright Group
These games provide basic math practice and help differentiate instruction . The playing of these games will improve children’s attitudes about mathematics as will as to improve achievement among low achievers . Grades K - 6

A2 Junk Food Wars
Mary Richardson, Diann Reischman, GVSU Statistics
The speakers will present four interactive ‘junk-food-based’ activities that can be used to illustrate: descriptive statistics, regression, ANOVA, and inferences on means for paired
data. Grades 9 - 12+

A3 Provide Success with Purposeful Practice!
Carol Lukeman, ETA Cuisenaire
Discover a hands-on manipulative that provides practice and reinforcement in math.Explore self-correcting learning activities that engage students at various levels in the classroom. Grades K - 8

A4 Human Graphing
Roger Patrick, GRAPCEP High School, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Teachers will learn methods of teaching graphing of linear , quadratic, and exponential functions using students as plotting points. They will also learn how human graphing helps students to create understanding of the various forms of graphs. Grades 9 – 12

A5 KC4 and the Mathematics HSCE
Ruth Moxon, Kent ISD
Local districts have been responding to the Michigan Mathematics HSCE in a variety of
ways. See how one ISD has responded on behalf of its local districts to develop the KC4 Mathematics curriculum, aligned to the Math HSCE content, and incorporating assessments and best practices of instruction. Handouts of a sample unit. Grades 9 - 12

A6 Creating a Personal Timeline Using Rational Numbers
Elizabeth Lund, Anastasia Batsios, GVSU Students
Here’s a lesson where learning about rational numbers is personal, creative and fun. Taken from an MTMS article, students create timelines using rational numbers to represent dates of events before and after their birth. Hear how this was taken from article to classroom and the reflection that comes with it. Grades 6 – 8

A7 Free the Turtles
Michael McDaniel, Aquinas College
The programmable turtles of StarLogo provide an engaging introduction to writing
and debugging programs because the turtles move, draw, breed, live and die. The
turtles model logistic and exponential growth and decay, along with more complicated population patterns. Their drawings can illustrate geometrical structures. StarLogo is a free program! Grades 6 - 12+

A8 Questions, Answers, and Conversation: Issues for New Elementary and
Middle School Teachers

Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on issues relevant to new elementary and middle school teachers. Panelists will include both new and experienced K-8 teachers, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. This session is ideal for teachers who are just beginning their careers and for pre-service teachers who would like to gain insight into what to expect during their first few years of teaching. Grades K - 8

A9 Making Meaning through Problem Solving
Esther Billings, Dave Coffey, GVSU Mathematics
Explore how reading comprehension strategies described in Mosaic of Thought (2007) can apply to problem solving in mathematics. Come ready to participate in a problem-solving workshop; we’ll explore how our ability to monitor our own thinking informs problem solving and what this approach might look like in the K-6 classroom.
Grades K – 6

Session B: 9:45 am - 10:45 am
B1 Questions, Answers, and Conversation: Insight from an Administrator
Nick Ceglarek, Fruitport Community Schools
In this informal session, Nick Ceglarek, a former math teacher and currently the super-
intendent of Fruitport Community Schools, will share his insights and experiences as a
teacher and administrator. Much of the session will be devoted to answering questions
from participants. Grades K – 12+

B2 Two Activities for Incorporating Statistics into the Math Curriculum
John Gabrosek, Phyllis Curtiss, GVSU Statistics
Participants will engage in hands-on learning activities that illustrate connections between statistics and the grades 7-12 math curriculum. Two activities will use the TI calculator to connect sampling and probability to concepts in algebra and geometry .
Grades 6 - 12

B3 Probing for Place Value
Mary DeYoung, Allison Pautler, Hope College
Stop--Look--and Listen--to Children. The process of interviewing children can provide an important window into their thinking about number and operations. This interactive video session will explore how we can help children to make sense of the foundational ideas of
our tens system. Grades PreK - 3

B4 Building Number Sense...What, Why and How?
Mike Klavon, Ottawa Area ISD
This session will explore what number sense is, why it is important and how to develop it throughout early elementary school. Instructional strategies and resources that help build number sense in kindergarten and 1st grade (based on Michigans GLCEs) will be discussed and shared throughout this presentation. Grades K – 3

B5 G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas For Teaching Students)
Feryal Alayont, Nancy Alexander, Dave Coffey, Pam Wells, and John Golden
GVSU Mathematics
In this interactive round-robin session, facilitators will share innovative ideas that they successfully use in their classes to help students get the most out of reading and homework assignments, and in-class activities. Handouts will be provided.
Grades 9 – 12

B6 Math Games and Strategy Analysis
Gary Talsma, Calvin College
We’ll play a couple of “old favorites”: Sprouts and Taxman. How can mathematics help us develop effective strategies for these games? (Code for a Taxman program for TI calculators will be provided.) Grades K – 6

B7 Mayan Math
Marge Friar, GVSU Mathematics
Learning about the Mayan numeration system can be a source of cultural pride for those with a Central American heritage, increase historical awareness, assist in understanding the base-ten number system, and provides opportunities to practice mental mathematics. At the conclusion of the session, you will be able to write numbers and perform some computations using Mayan numerals. We will use manipulatives. Grades 3 – 12

B8 The Mathematics of Hawaii
Charlene Beckmann, Nicole Kildau, GVSU Mathematics
There are many connections between mathematics and the volcanoes, flora, and culture  of Hawaii. In this session, we will share pictures and activities suitable for middle school students. Mathematics connections include slope, linear and exponential functions, surface area and volume. Grades 6 – 8

General Session: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Glenda Lappan, Michigan State University

Supporting Students’ Learning to Think and Reason in Mathematical Situations

We will examine mathematical situations from strands of mathematics in the current Michigan Mathematical Expectations. As we examine the example of a problem
situation from each of number, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics we will look at the classroom support students need to tackle the problem. The practical
resources we will examine promote ways of exploring the situation mathematically--manipulatives, mathematical representations, technological support, and teacher
support through questioning.
Lunch Break: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Session C: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
C1 Where the Sidewalk Ends, Math Begins
Joanne Caniglia, Eastern Michigan University
This presentation will use the poetry of Shel Silverstein to showcase meaningful mathemat-
ics activities. From taking out the garbage with Sarah Sylvia Stout to out”Smarting” by
counting coins, you will experience the magic of one of America’s favorite poets.
Grades K – 6

C2 Preparing All High School Graduates for Additional Learning
Beth Ritsema, Western Michigan University
We will consider mathematics content recommendations by different organizations including the College Board (SAT), Achieve, the American Statistical Society, Adding it Up, and
the Michigan Mathematics Curriculum Framework. Commonalities recommended for
developing mathematical proficiency will be discussed. Curriculum examples to help fulfill these recommendations from Core-Plus Mathematics will be examined. Grades 6 – 12+

C5 Don’t Slow Me Down with that Calculator (Part 1)
Cliff Petrak, Brother Rice H.S., Chicago (retired)
Learn to master a multitude of little-known, super-shortcut computational techniques and strategies involving addition, subtraction , fractions, squaring and multiplication that will leave your calculator-dependent friends in the dust. This is the first of 2 sequential sessions and
will concentrate on speed techniques involving additionm, substraction, and fractions.
Grades 3 – 12

C6 Math Games for Skill and Understanding
John Golden, GVSU Mathematics
Games from several sources for use in K-5 classrooms. Why use games, how to use games effectively, and what to look for in your games. Grades PreK – 6

C7 A Surprising Connecting between Mathematics and Presidential Elections
Ted Sundstrom, GVSU Mathematics
The various apportionment methods that have been used throughout history for the U.S.
House of Representatives will be discussed, and we will discuss why the presidential election of 1876 was decided by an illegal apportionment method. Mathematics and history – go
figure! Please bring a calculator. Grades 9 - 12+

C3 Kixels!
Matthew Wyneken, University of Michigan - Flint
A “kixel” is a pixel only bigger and, yes, we use Kix® - they work surprisingly well to approximate the area of everything from a circle to the State of Michigan. This hands-
on activity session about the conservation of area will change the way you teach this
concept. Grades 6 - 12+

C4 Questions, Answers, and Conversation: Issues for New Secondary Teachers
Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on issues relevant to new secondary mathematics teachers. Panelists will include both new and experienced high school teachers, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. This session is ideal for teachers who are just beginning their careers and for pre-service teachers who would like to gain insight into what to expect during their first few years of teaching. Grades 9 – 12

C8 New Software Tools Supporting New Expectations for High School

Nicole Lanie, Western Michigan University
Explore the teaching and learning possibilities offered by the new CPMP-Tools software. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in using this software as it relates to the Statistics, Geometry, and Algebra strands. Investigative activities will be centered around using a data analysis tool, an interactive drawing program, and a computer algebra system (CAS) to address some of the Michigan High School Content Expectations. Participants will  have free access to this exciting computer software. Grades 9 - 12

C9 Helping Students Reconcile Visual and Symbolic Representations for Multiplication of Fraction Contexts
Jeanna Duimstra, Jenison Public Schools
Pam Wells, GVSU Mathematics
We will explore 5th and 6th grade students’ thought processes as they struggle to integrate their algorithmic knowledge of fraction operations with pictures they draw to solve multiplication & division problems set in a context. Key fraction concepts and how they relate to student work will be shared. Grades 3 - 8

Session D: 2:15 - 3:15 pm
D1 Motivating Mathematics with Mime
Timothy Chartier , Davidson College
Tim Chartier, a professor of mathematics and professionally trained mime, uses pantomime to motivate mathematical ideas. This workshop will consist of 1) demonstrations of performance pieces used to motivate mathematical ideas, 2) simple mime techniques that can foster discussion about mathematical topics such as estimation and number sense, and 3) pointers on utilizing mime for anyone interested in using the art in teaching. Grades K – 6

D2 What a drag! (Using MSWord to Explore the Continuity of Scaling)
Dana Cox, Western Michigan University
Scaling a triangle is one thing--scaling the letter S is another. Come take a modern look at
the concepts of similarity and scale. Font size and clip art are sources of complex figures which can be scaled in numerous ways to help students visualize scaling as continuous,
all-over growth. Grades 6 - 12

D3 Teaching Math Through the Use of Bases
Chris Carter, Reeths-Puffer Schools
Learn to teach children how to count, borrow and carry through the use of different base numbers. Children can learn what they are actually borrowing and carrying using bases.
The can also learn what place value really means. Grades K – 6

D4 Functions-Based Approach to Algebra I
Charlene Beckmann, Nicole Kildau, GVSU Mathematics
The Michigan Merit Curriculum for Algebra I is functions-based. How might the course be organized so that student understanding of functions builds naturally on linear functions ?
The presentation will share a coherent approach to functions aligned with the Michigan
Merit Algebra I Curriculum. The approach is generalizable to more advanced functions.
Grades 9 - 12

D5 Don’t Slow Me Down with that Calculator (Part 2)
Cliff Petrak, Brother Rice H.S., Chicago (retired)
Learn to master a multitude of little-known, super-shortcut computational techniques and strategies involving addition, subtraction, fractions, squaring and multiplication that will leave your calculator-dependent friends in the dust. This is the second of 2 sequential sessions and will concentrate on speed techniques involving squaring and multiplication. Grades 3 – 12

D6 The Math Curse: Differentiated Instruction in Mathematics
Keith Tramper, GVSU Graduate
Each student is unique and should be given the chance to express their knowledge in their own unique way. In each session we will take a look into differentiated instruction and equity in the classroom based on a lesson from the book “The Math Curse” by Jon Scieszka. Grades 6 - 8

D7 Questions, Answers, and Conversation: GLCEs and HSCEs - Adapting to Changing Expectations
Panel Discussion
This panel discussion will focus on the State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations. Panelists will share ways to adapt and thrive within the context of these changing expectations, and there will be ample opportunity to ask questions. Grades K – 12

D8 Activities for Introducing the Idea of Division
Jan Koop, Calvin College
We will explore ways to provide a firm foundation for students’ understanding of the concept of division, long before they memorize division facts or the long division algorithm. We’ll use a variety of activities and children’s literature. Grades 6 – 8

Mathematics in Action Registration Form
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Math in Action
8:00 - 8:30 am Registration and Refreshments
2nd Floor lobby, Eberhard Center
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakout Session A
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
9:45 - 10:45 am Breakout Session B
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
11:00 am - 12:00 pm General Session
Auditorium, Eberhard Center
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
2nd Floor Lobby, Eberhard Center
1:00 - 2:00 pm Breakout Session C
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
2:15 - 3:15 pm Breakout Session D
Conference Facilities, Eberhard Center
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January 3, 2008

Dear Educator,

You are cordially invited to attend this year’s Math in Action Conference, hosted by Grand Valley State University, on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. This
conference exists to provide a venue for mathematics educators in West Michigan to grow professionally by coming together, sharing ideas, and learning from
experts. The theme of this year’s conference is “Practical Resources for Real Classrooms,” and our goal is to provide practical insights and resources for
educators at all levels of K-12 mathematics. Our hope is that this conference will bring together educators with diverse experiences in an environment in which
best practices can be shared and new ideas can be generated.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Glenda Lappan, University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Michigan State University and former president of the
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as our keynote speaker. Dr. Lappan’s address, “Supporting Students’ Learning to Think and Reason in Mathematical
Situations,” will highlight resources for developing students’ problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills in a variety of content areas. In addition to
Dr. Lappan’s address, this year’s program features four breakout sessions that run throughout the day. Each breakout session consists of approximately eight
presentations, workshops, or panel discussions, all running in parallel. Presenters will share activities and ideas relevant to K-12 teachers, and many sessions
will encourage participants to explore these ideas interactively while gaining resources that can be adapted for use in their own classrooms.

Besides directions to the conference site, this brochure contains a detailed schedule of presentations and a registration form. (Note that the deadline for
registration is February 15, 2008.)  Your questions and comments are welcomed by the conference co-chairs, who may be reached at the
addresses below.

Jonathan Hodge
Co-chair, Math in Action
Nancy K. Mack
Co-chair, Math in Action
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