Megan D. Richard
Professional Development as an Agent of Change
Attending the 2016 NCTM Regional Conference will enable me to improve in meeting the needs of the advanced students in my first grade class, and it will help me to use my classroom's SmartBoard and student technology station more effectively. Furthermore, I am seeking to learn how to deepen students' understanding of patterns and reasoning. As our school admits students with academic abilities ranging from above-average to gifted, maintaining continuous challenge for the advanced learners without exceeding their abilities can be perplexing. I would like to learn strategies for challenging high-ability learners in a mixed-ability setting.