Resources from the WI-AMTE Partner Sessions at the WMC Annual Conference in Green Lake, May 4, 2023

Bringing Mathematical Practices into Your Classroom, Lynn Schaal, New London Middle School.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice identify eight practices that outline behaviors of mathematically proficient students. This presentation will highlight strategies that are designed to encourage student exploration and discovery, and give students ownership of the mathematics. These strategies not only develop a deeper understanding of the math, but it increases students’ understanding and engagement. Presentation Slides (Movie). Links in the presentation: Achieve the Core, Google Doc with links to Sites with Rich Tasks, and Standards for Mathematical Practices Progression through Grade Levels.

Developing Math Coaching Practices, Erin Edgington, UW Platteville

This session will examine effective math coaching practices through the lens of current research and classroom experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to hone their skills through interactive discussions and to obtain strategies they can use immediately in their work. Presentation Slides

Why Does a High School Math Teacher Candidate Need to Know Elementary School Mathematics Deeply? Matthew Chedister, UW La Crosse

Often our secondary candidates are singularly focused on the math they will encounter in their classrooms but we argue that is not enough. We will discuss why it is critical for them to understand all levels of math deeply as they consider how concepts develop and what are the foundations that a strong mathematical understanding is built on. We will also discuss how we can restructure preservice programs to make this vision possible. Presentations Slides to appear soon. Presentation Slides.

Dynamic Discussions on Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practice, and Beliefs

Are you dedicated to NCTM’s Vision that “each and every student has access to the highest quality mathematics teaching and learning”? Do you wish that you had a network of colleagues to discuss your work as a math coach, math leader, or math educator, as you partner with other teachers to carry out this vision? 

If this is a topic you are interested in exploring, we invite you to our Dynamic Discussion Series on Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practice, and Beliefs. 

We will be revisiting and continuing the discussion we had at the WMC Conference on the 8 shifts that support learning opportunities. The discussions will explore mathematics coaching from three angles: coaching to strengthen mathematics content knowledge, coaching to change instructional practice, and coaching to develop beliefs and a common vision that supports student success. While coaching is a model for these goals, we welcome all mathematics educators who are interested in exploring this topic.

Erin Edgington (UW-Platteville)
Matt Chedister (UW La Crosse)
Lynn Schaal (New London Schools)

To sign up:

Format: Online (We will send you a Zoom Link after you sign up on theGoogle Form)

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm CST on the following Tuesdays:

September 20 Shift 1:From stating-a-standard toward communicating expectations for learning)

October 18 Shift 2: From routine tasks toward reasoning tasks, and Shift 3: From teaching about representations toward teaching through representations

November 15 Shift 4: From show-and-tell toward share-and-compare

January 17 Shift 5: From questions that seek expected answers toward questions that illuminate and deepen student understanding, and Shift 6: From teaching so that students replicate procedures toward teaching so that students select efficient strategies.

February 21 Shift 7: From mathematics-made-easy toward mathematic-takes-time, and Shift 8: From looking at correct answers toward looking for students’ thinking.

March 21: Jigsaw Activities and Goals Moving Forward

You needn’t be a WI-AMTE member to join these dynamic discussions. You also needn’t attend all of the discussions in the series. Join us when you can. All are welcome!

Call for Nominations

It is once again time for nominations for the WI-AMTE Board of Directors! Please nominate someone else or yourself by completing this online nomination form by September 6, 2022.

The board is entertaining nominations this year for two positions with a 3-year term (running October 2022 to October 2025).

Serving on the WI-AMTE board involves a three-year commitment to participate in monthly electronic meetings and the business meeting at the annual WI-AMTE conference. The main role of the board is to provide guidance for decisions related to direction for the organization.

This past year was an exciting one for WI-AMTE. We held our very first WI-AMTE Annual Conference with the theme of reigniting math teacher education in Wisconsin, a Dynamic Discussion of Mathematics on the topic of mentoring, a statewide Book Study on invigorating high school mathematics, and a series of special sessions at the Wisconsin Mathematics Council conference in Green Lake.

This year we plan to build on this momentum with a goal of fostering strong partnerships between higher education and K-12 schools. We’d love to have your voice as a part of the process! We are particularly seeking nominees who are enthusiastic about WI-AMTE and interested in seeing the organization grow, and those that contribute a K-12 perspective to the board, such as K-12 math teachers, coaches and coordinators. 

Please nominate someone else or yourself by completing the following form

All nominees will be contacted to confirm their nomination, asked to provide a picture of themselves, and submit a short description (max 200 word) of their interests and qualifications.

Information about nominees will be posted on our website and publicized to the membership by Sept 26.

The elections will be held electronically starting Sept 26 with the results announced at the business meeting at the WI-AMTE Annual Conference on Oct 26.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Resources from WI-AMTE Sessions at the 2022 WMC Green Lake Conference

“Mathematics Coaching to Strengthen Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Practices, and Beliefs”, led by Erin Edgington, UW Platteville: Slides (pdf file).

“Building A Robust Pipeline – Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Candidates”, led by Eric Kuennen, UW Oshkosh: Slides (pdf file).

“From Quick Fixes to Learning Together: Mentoring New Teachers”, led by Lynn School, New London Middle School: Slides (pdf file).

The Dynamic Discussions of Mathematics is BACK!!!!

Join us again for a fast-paced sixty minutes of sharing and discussion on Thursday, March 31st at 7:00 pm. Our discussion will focus on mentoring pre-service teachers in the development of best practice instructional strategies. This discussion will inspire and empower in-service teachers as they mentor and guide pre-service teachers in their development of best practices.

Sign up for this discussion at the following link by March 24th.

Starting Down the Path of Invigorating High School Mathematics: A (Different Kind of) Book Study

Tuesdays at 5:30-6:30pm Central on 12 April, 17 April, 25 April, and 3 May

WI-AMTE is proud to announce an opportunity to come together and discuss the recent book, Invigorating High School Math: Practical Guidance for Long-Overdue Transformation, authored by longtime friends of the Badger State Steve Leinwand and Eric Milou. This book addresses the most critical challenges facing high school mathematics and provides practical guidance for creating long-term change to the content, pedagogy, and assessment of high school mathematics.

Our different kind of book study group is designed to be the start, but not the end, of a conversation across the state about modernizing mathematics. In addition to discussing some sections of the book (but not all of it!), we’ll be reviewing the resources that exist to support schools and districts in modernizing high school mathematics, and working to create resources of our own to support the invigoration of high school mathematics. We want to position the team that engages in this book study to be able to consult with and support schools and districts as they take on this long-term work. 

Our four sessions will focus on these four topics:

April 12:          Modernizing HS math: opportunities and challenges (Part 1 of the book)
                        discussing opportunities and challenges, exploring the national landscape

April 19:          Content, Courses, and Pathways Session 1 (Chapter 4 of the book)
                        discuss chapter 4, explore available resources, discuss resources to develop

April 25:          Content, Courses, and Pathways Session 2 (Chapter 5 of the book)
                        discuss chapter 4, explore available resources, discuss resources to develop

May 3:             Supporting & promoting high school math invigoration (Chapter 10 of the book)
                        what additional resources do we need and how can we support others?

The book study is free, in part because we’ll be asking for your intellectual contributions in developing resources and your willingness to be a resource to others in the future moving down this path.  To sign up for the session, please use this link. You will need to purchase your own book; the print version is available here and the digital resource is available here.

Dynamic Discussion – Filling The Gaps – Working with Students in a COVID and Post-COVID World

Many students have received an uneven experience due to the pandemic and switches between online, hybrid, and online learning. WI-AMTE will be hosting a dynamic discussion on February 24th on 7 PM (Central) to begin the discussion about what these gaps might be, and how we can work to fill in these spaces while still providing students with a robust mathematical education built around conceptual understanding, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving. If you are interested attending, please fill in the form here. We look forward to having a great discussion!