Thursday, August 20, 2015

#MTBoSBlaugust 20: Job Alike Training today

Our district sponsors a day of training called "Job Alike" during the prep days before school starts.  All the secondary math teachers in the district descended on one school today to explore instructional strategies, technology tools and make/take ideas.

Several sessions highlighted high-yield instructional strategies from Lead4ward training.  This pdf document lists those strategies and how they support our new process standards.

I shared Desmos with about 75+ teachers focusing on how Desmos can be used as an instructional tool for exploration and inquiry.  It was a popular session and teachers were excited to discover the class activities especially.  As we played parabola polygraph, the increase in energy in the room was obvious.  One group also sampled Central Park.  I loved hearing the teachers' frustration when they had not divided the area exactly for the cars and boats to park.

I also told teachers today about the MTBoS and specifically about the search engine.  I hope more teachers will explore the online math community and get connected!

Here is the presentation material I used ...

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