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Opening Session

Wednesday, November 18


Lawrence M. Lesser, University of Texas at El Paso
Composing Connections: Mathemusician Merges Math and Music in the Music City!

The speaker—a mathematics education professor, former schoolteacher, and published songwriter—will share inspiring, diverse, and accessible connections between math and music that can help increase students’ motivation and appreciation for math. His engaging math songs and raps have appeared in many journals and have had international mass media coverage.


Thursday, November 19

Judith Sowder, San Diego State University
Teaching Mathematical Sense Making through Reasoning

Sense making can be taught through mathematical reasoning of many types. This session will explore a number of problems that call for arithmetic reasoning, multiplicative reasoning, proportional reasoning, quantitative reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and probabilistic reasoning.

Henry S. Kepner, Jr., NCTM President; University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
Reasoning and Connections: External Applications, Internal Consistency, and Human Curiosity!

Reasoning and sense making in mathematics is central to establishing an individual’s curiosity. This originates from trying to describe and predict events in the world around us. At another level, it involves appreciating the internal consistency of the mathematics that transcends applications. Both can nurture mathematical curiosity and persistence.

Greg Tang, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Rethinking Math Education: Have We Been Led Astray?

Teaching for understanding, manipulatives, showing your work, estimation, partials algorithms, constructivism—can too much of a good thing be a bad thing? After years of math reform, why are kids still bad at math? Join us for a provocative look at what ails our field and what we can do to end the madness and move our kids forward!

Friday, November 20

Steven Leinwand, American Institutes for Research
It’s Instruction, Silly! Some Practical Strategies to Ensure That No Child Is Left Behind in Math

This fast-paced, example-laden presentation will focus on a set of strategies that provide students with greater access to important mathematical skills and concepts. Participants will look at incorporating ongoing cumulative review, focus on building language-rich classroom environments, and examine using pictorial representations and real-world contexts.

Johnny Lott, Past President, NCTM; University of Mississippi
Making Math Texts Equitable? Is It Possible?

Putting mathematics in context, recognizing different learning styles in text issues, having streamlined textbooks, and presenting topics of interest to students are all admirable goals. Can these be done equitably? Come see what might happen to make mathematics materials more equitable. Would you like them?

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