Taking Action: Bringing the Effective Teaching Practices to Life in your Classroom Virtual Workshop

  • Virtual Workshop October

    Taking Action: Bringing the Effective Teaching Practices to Life in your Classroom
    (Grades K-12)

    Virtual Workshop

    This workshop is canceled.  We will be offering the sessions as a series of member-only webinars in November.

    Participants in the virtual workshop will explore the Effective Teaching Practices highlighted in the NCTM publication Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014). The opening session will introduce participants to the eight Effective Teaching Practices. Participants will then engage in grade-level content during the breakout workshops. The first set of sessions will be facilitated by the authors of the Taking Action series, and the second set of workshops will be facilitated by classroom teachers. The virtual conference will conclude with a session highlighting connections between the Effective Teaching Practices and the Equitable Mathematics Teaching Framework. After the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to debrief and reflect with other workshop participants. A recording of all the sessions will be available for six months after the virtual workshop. A professional development guide will also be available. Registration for the Virtual Workshop is now open. Register Now                    


    • Margaret (Peg) Smith
    • DeAnn Huinker
    • Michael Steele
    • Melissa Boston
    • Jennifer Perego
    • Roshanna Beard
    • Dwaina Sookhoo
    • Robert Q. Berry III                           



      Opening Session 

      Teaching Practices that Support Student Understanding and Learning of Mathematics

      Margaret (Peg) Smith

        In the nearly three decades since the release of the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM, 1991), much has been learned about the teaching practices that support students’ understanding and learning of mathematics. In Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM, 2014), this accumulated knowledge and empirical evidence has been codified into a core set of eight effective mathematics teaching practices that represent essential teaching skills necessary to promote learning mathematics with understanding. In this session, participants will learn about the practices and how they can support student learning.

      Breakout Sessions (authors)

      Focus on Elementary School: Connecting Representations and Posing Purposeful Questions

      DeAnn Huinker

        In this session, we use artifacts from elementary school classrooms to examine children’s mathematical thinking and dive into two of the teaching practices—mathematical representations and purposeful questions. First, we will examine what it means to develop representational competence by supporting connections among visual, physical, contextual, verbal, and symbolic representations. Second we will examine each question as a key strategic tool to not only probe and assess children’s mathematical understanding but to surface mathematical ideas and make them visible for discussion. We will also consider implications for both in-person and virtual learning environments. Placing greater focus on representations and purposeful questions in elementary classrooms are core teaching practices for empowering children as mathematical doers, knowers, and sense-makers.

      Focus on Middle School: Discourse and Productive Struggle

      Mike Steele

        Building from the effective mathematics teaching practices outlined in Principles to Actions, we explore two of the practices in-depth that have particular relevance in middle grades mathematics. Developing rich, conceptual understandings of key ideas such as proportional reasoning, functions, and bivariate data means that teachers must engage students in meaningful discourse about mathematics and support them as they grapple with important mathematical ideas. Using artifacts from middle school classrooms, we discuss tools and teaching strategies to promote stronger discourse, identify productive struggle, and build a culture of persistence for each and every student in middle school mathematics.

      Focus on High School: Eliciting and Using Students’ Thinking and Building Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding

      Melissa Boston

        In high school mathematics, supporting students to understand important mathematical procedures and concepts is essential in promoting ongoing participation and success in mathematics and other STEM fields. In this session, participants will explore the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices of (1) building procedural fluency from conceptual understanding and (2) eliciting and using evidence of students’ thinking. We will consider how sequences of tasks can establish a conceptual foundation for building fluency and understanding of procedures by providing opportunities for students to recognize structure and make sense of repeated reasoning. We will analyze students’ work to consider the importance of eliciting students’ thinking and using their thinking to determine our next instructional moves. We will also discuss how the ideas highlighted during the session can generalize to other mathematical topics in the high school curriculum.

      Breakout Sessions (teachers)

      Focus on Elementary School: Building Community to Increase Student Engagement 

      Roshanna Beard

        We will examine effective, engaging strategies when teaching both in brick-and-mortar and digital settings. The session will focus on strategies to maintain engagement within the hybrid class as well as offer opportunities to practice using strategies that have been used by classroom teachers during this time. Roshanna will answer questions and provide examples of effective practices for teaching mathematics during this time of uncertainty.

      Focus on Middle School: Encouraging Discourse and Discussion

      Jennifer Perego

        Online and hybrid learning present multiple challenges to meaningful engagement and discussion in the middle school mathematics classroom. Opportunities still exist for teacher feedback and student-to-student interaction. In this session, Jen will provide strategies within the flipped model aimed at increasing student discourse and providing opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving.

      Focus on High School: Equity in Voice through Virtual Tools

      Dwaina Sookhoo

        In this session, you will have the opportunity to connect with other high school teachers to engage around implementing effective teaching practices in a virtual setting. Our key focus will include integrating tasks to promote problem solving and collaboration using tools in Zoom; facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse integrating Jamboard, Padlet, and Flipgrid; and supporting productive struggle with scavenger hunts and escape rooms.

      Closing Session

      Equitable and Ambitious Teaching of Mathematics

      Robert Q. Berry III

        The authors of the Taking Action series developed the Mathematics Teaching Framework to illustrate how the eight teaching practices form a coherent framework for equitable and ambitious teaching of mathematics. This session uses the Mathematics Teaching Framework to explore the intersections between authority, mathematical identity, and mathematical agency with the teaching practices. Specifically, this session connects the Mathematics Teaching Framework with research that examines equitable teaching as intentional acts that teachers pursue to view each and every student as capable of doing mathematics.

      Program Schedule

      Virtual Workshop Schedule

      2:00  - 3:00 p.m.  EDT

      Opening Session

      3:15 - 4:15 p.m. EDT                      

      Breakouts (authors)                    

      4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT                      

      Breakouts (teachers) 

      5:45 - 6:45 p.m. EDT                       

      Closing Session                    

      7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT                      


      Registration Information

      How to register and forms of payments

      • Virtual Workshop Registration fee: $99 Non-member, $79 Essential, $69 Premium
      • Click here to register online. October 17, 2020 is the deadline to register for the Virtual workshop.
      • Credit Card: VISA, MasterCard or American Express. A confirmation letter and receipt will be sent automatically by email, once you complete the online registration process.
      • Purchase Order: If a purchase order is being used, a copy must be attached to your online registration to complete your registration.


      Please contact  nctm@nctm.org if you have any questions.