100 Days of Professional Learning

  • Join NCTM as we celebrate our Centennial with 100 Days of Professional Learning with live 60-minute webinars presented by selected speakers from the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition program that was to take place in Chicago.

    Each webinar will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern time on 100 selected days from April 1 leading up to the October NCTM 2020 Annual Meeting & Exposition in St. Louis. A variety of speakers and topics are geared to meet all grade bands and interests. Webinars will be recorded and made available at www.nctm.org/100 up to the St. Louis Annual Meeting.

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    April Webinar Schedule

    Resiliency, Creativity, and Adaptations: Telling our Stories

    April 1, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Robert Q. Berry III

    Webinar description:The current context has demonstrated the importance of building resilience in a rapidly changing landscape. While many of us face challenges, such as quickly adapting the ways we teach, adapting work responsibilities with family responsibilities, and adapting approaches to engage in self-care and connecting to others. We are incredibly resilient, and the current context reminds us that we are preparing learners for an unpredictable world requiring informed decision making, creative problem solving, and adaptability. This webinar focuses on stories of resiliency, creativity, and adaptations.

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    Using Math to Make Sense of Our World: Pandemics, Viruses, and Our Actions

    April 2, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: David Barnes, Beth Kobett, Jeff Shih, Sarah Bush, and Dan Teague

    Webinar description: Our world has changed with the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 and mathematics provides a tool to better understand what is happening, why we are acting differently, and how to use mathematics and statistics to consider various statements about the situation. Spanning elementary through high school we will consider ways to engage in understanding the situation using mathematics.

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    Vulnerability as Self-Care

    April 3, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Laila Nur

    Webinar description: Not much can prepare us for the emotional strength and investment that is required to be an educator. We give so much. The emotional toll of teaching can cause us to suppress “negative” emotions as a defense mechanism, but this does more harm than good. This session will work to create a safe space for us to process, reframe, and learn how to share those emotions as an act of vulnerability for our own self-care.

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    From Knowns to Unknowns: A journey into Teaching Mathematics

    April 6, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Trena Wilkerson

    Webinar description: For me teaching has been a journey encountering things I knew would happen and then at times, things that were unknown. Knowns may be our students, our goals, or our purpose in teaching. Unknowns might include changes in curriculum and assessment, life experiences, and global events such as we are experiencing now. All these happenings shape us as individuals, as a learning community, and as teachers of mathematics. Join me in exploring this journey and ways NCTM can connect, support, and grow our mathematics teaching and learning community in the knowns and in the unknowns.

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    Discover and Leverage Your Students' Strengths through Powerful Asset-Based Instructional Design (Grades K-6)

    April 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Beth Kobett

    Webinar description: We have been traditionally taught to identify and remediate students' mathematical misconceptions and weaknesses. This session is about reframing students' mathematical learning opportunities by identifying students' strengths to develop powerful and strategic learning opportunities that capitalize on those strengths to build mathematical success.

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    Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions: Overcoming the Challenges (Grades 6-8)

    April 8, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Margaret (Peg) Smith

    Webinar description: The 5 Practices - anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting - provide a model for effectively using student responses in whole class discussions. Enacting the model, however, is not easy. This session will focus on identifying the challenges associated with the 5P's and providing insights on how to address those challenges.

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    The Five Practices in Practice: Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions in High School (Grades 10-12)

    April 9, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Mike Steele

    Webinar description: Productive mathematics conversations around rich high school mathematics content are possible with each and every learner! We share brand new video and resources to explore the five practices for productive mathematics discussions - anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting - and how they come to life in the classroom.

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    It's Not Always Simple to Make a Problem Simpler: Seeking Connections That Aren't Apparent (Grades 6-8)

    April 14, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: William Speer

    Webinar description: This session explores the problem-solving strategy of 'Make It Simpler' in a context that goes far beyond only using more convenient numbers. Problems that do not appear to have clear pathways to solution are used to illustrate how 'making it simpler' through metaphor and context shifts can lead to increased discourse and deeper comprehension.

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    Recommendations for Statistics in the Secondary Curriculum: Implications for Teachers (Grades 10-12)

    April 15, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Gail Burrill and Chris Franklin

    Webinar description: Catalyzing Change recommends essential statistical concepts as part of the curriculum for every high school student, building on the foundation laid in the middle grades. The challenge: statistics is different from mathematics. What do we need to know to teach statistics well? What is important and how should we think about teaching it?

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    The 5 Practices in Practice: Taking on Classroom Challenges (Grades 3-5)

    April 20, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Victoria Bill

    Webinar description: One of the five practices of orchestrating discussions, anticipating, will be the focus. Consideration will be given to strategies students use when solving a challenging task; how to respond to student work; and which student strategies address the mathematics to be learned. Challenges and how to address them will be considered.

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    Math + Language Teaching Strategies = Success! (Grades 6-8)

    April 21, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Cathy Marks Krpan

    Webinar description: Math is a rich, exciting language! Many of the strategies we use in language arts are extremely effective for teaching math. During this engaging session, we will explore how to use think-alouds, talk motivators as well as effective strategies to help students to read and understand word problems. You will leave with practical ideas you can use to support and enhance student thinking.

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    Solving the Problematic: Creating Tasks, Lessons, and Projects That Model Our Actual, Messy World (Grades 8-10)

    April 22, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Carl Oliver

    Webinar description: Modelling helps students apply math, are they applying it in the world they actually live in? Learn how to use math to explore systems from our world, even the messy ones. Pull ideas from tested examples, find topics that are relevant for your students, discuss best practices and cautions for designing your own routines, lessons, and projects.

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    How We Move from Equality to Equity and Justice in Mathematics Teaching (General Interest)

    April 23, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: José Vilson and Marian Dingle

    Webinar description: How do we move towards equity for all of our children? We will discuss how our schools can redistribute power in and out of the classroom. We include issues of community, reparations, and the work we must do to assure our students have supportive environments. We pay special attention to issues of culture and diversity from multiple lenses.

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    Engaging Families in Math Fact Fluency (General Interest)

    April 27, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Jennifer Bay-Williams

    Webinar description: Are you creating positive change by teaching basic facts with strategies and games, while eliminating timed tests? Then parent outreach is essential! Parents need to know why traditional fact activities are changing. Come explore a collection ways to help parents see the value of a strategy-based approach and better support their child's fluency.

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    Problems to Ponder: You Know You Have a Really Good Problem for You and Your Students When . . .(Grades 8-10)

    April 29, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: J. Michael Shaughnessy

    Webinar description: In this session I propose to share with the participants some of the best 'Problems to Ponder' that I have encountered and used with many different groups of students and teachers for more than 40 years--with elementary, middle, and secondary math teachers, perspective teachers and their students! Participants will engage in collaborative pondering.

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    Challenging Dis/Abilities: Leveraging the Potential of All Students as Math Problem Solvers (General Interest)

    April 30, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Cathery Yeh, Emilia Frias, and Melissa Brennan

    Webinar description: How can I leverage the potential of ALL students, including students with dis/abilities, as problem solvers and risk takers? Come engage in math play and learn how to adapt current math curriculum to promote deeper engagement in math concepts and account for and leverage student differences. This session is for general and special educators.

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    May Webinar Schedule

    See It, Move It, Grasp It: Math with Virtual Manipulatives (Pk-2)

    May 4, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Chrissy Newell

    Webinar description: Manipulatives are important tools that help young mathematicians make sense of complex math ideas. What changes or stays the same when students engage with virtual manipulatives alongside or in place of concrete ones? What are the opportunities and limitations? Explore these ideas using free virtual manipulatives - BYOD!

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    4 Strategies to Help Students Start Math Problems and Stick with Them (Grades 6-8)

    May 5, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr

    Webinar description: Frustrated with how easily some of your students just give up in math class? Let's Make Math Moments That Matter with these strategies we use to help build resilience and perseverance in all of our students. Walk away with strategies and the resources necessary so you can use these new ideas in your classroom immediately.

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    Creativity and Storytelling in Mathematics Lessons (Grades 8-10)

    May 6, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Phillipp Legner

    Webinar description: For many students, learning mathematics is simply about memorizing abstract rules and procedures. In this talk, we want to explore how storytelling and real-life applications can make the content more accessible and engaging, and how creativity and problem-solving can show students the great power and surprising beauty of mathematics.

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    Is 2020 Vision Good Enough? Looking Ahead to What Comes Next (General Interest)

    May 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Cathy Seeley

    Webinar description: For decades, NCTM has put forth a vision to prepare every student to think mathematically and solve problems. An Agenda led to action in the form of Standards, Principles, Focus, and more Action, followed by a Catalyst-all to make the vision a reality. What priorities should guide our work for the next decade and beyond? What actions will we take?

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    The Practice of Statistics: YES, We Can Do It at School! (Grades 3-5)

    May 11, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Jane Watson

    Webinar description: This session focuses on the 5 Big Ideas of Statistics “Variation, Expectation, Distribution, Randomness, and Informal Inference” and the Practice of Statistics from the GAISE Report for schools. Activities from grades 3 to 6 in STEM-related contexts are presented, emphasizing the importance of context, without which there would be no statistics!

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    Pancakes, Pizza, and Fast Food: Great Contexts for Great Middle School Lessons and Projects (Grades 6-8)

    May 12, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Steven Leinwand

    Webinar description: This fast-paced, example-laden presentation will draw from a range of fast food contexts and data that provide great platforms for engaging students and reinforcing important skills and concepts. We'll look at accessible ways to milk pizza, pancakes, world records, ice cream, and hamburgers to support a full range of middle school mathematics.

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    Celebrating 100 Years with 100 Problems Involving 100 (General Interest)

    May 14, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Patrick Vennebush

    Webinar description: Celebrate NCTM's Centennial with 100 problems involving the number 100. We won't have time to solve them all, but you'll solve some, discuss others, and leave with a full set! Along the way, we'll discuss some deep mathematics, talk about problem posing, and maybe even generate a few new problems. Come to this session and centuplicate your fun!

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    Practices, Practices, Practices: 8 for Teachers, 8 for Students--How Do They Relate? (General Interest)

    May 21, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Travis Lemon

    Webinar description: 8 Effective Teaching Practices and 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice can make for an overwhelming amount of things for teachers to keep track of, implement and monitor. Come and reflect on all of these practices, consider how they relate to one another and consider a framework that simplifies it to 3 but robust enough to handle it all.

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