ATMIM Winter Conference 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Hopedale, MA


Promoting Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom

Event Details

When:   Thursday, January 14, 2016

3:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Snow Date: Thurs. January 15

Registration 3:30-4:00

Keynote Address 4:00-5:15

Breakout Sessions 5:25-6:25

Dinner 6:30-7:15

Panel Discussion

and Q&A  7:15-8:00

Where: Hopedale Jr-Sr High School

25 Adin Street

Hopedale, MA

Cost: $45 for ATMIM Members; non-

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Keynote Address - General Session

Productive Math Talk: Moving Beyond, "How Did You Get Your Answer?"

Nancy Anderson, K-8 Mathematics Coordinator & 8th Grade Math Teacher, Milton, MA

Implementing "math talk" is a worthwhile but challenging endeavor. Questions such as, "How do I decide which strategies should be discussed," "How should wrong answers be addressed," and "What about the quiet students," highlight the difficulties involved with this form of instruction. In this address, Nancy will describe the research that supports the use of discussion as a pedagogy in math class and offer classroom strategies for managing its complexities.

Breakout Sessions

Each session will describe general strategies and delineate approaches to specific topics taught within a particular grade level span.


Breakout Session 1: Grades K-5

Math Talk in K-5 Classes

Nancy Anderson, Milton Academy

Participants will learn three specific strategies that they can implement in their classroom to increase the productivity of their whole-class discussions.  Participants will also consider how common misconceptions about whole-class discussions may actually erode the effectiveness of the student talk.


Breakout Session 2: Grades 5-8

Learning to Facilitate Whole-Class Discussions that Focus on the Big Ideas of the Lesson

Carrie Ferrin & Jin Lee, Milton Academy

Productive whole-class discussions help students compare solution methods, attend to mathematical structure, and form generalizations.  In this session, educators from one school community will describe how content-based coaching and team teaching helped them learn how to implement productive whole-class discussion in a Middle School Mathematics Classroom.


Breakout Session 3: Grades 9-12

Strategies for Increasing Mathematical Discourse in the Classroom

Christine Relleva, Foxborough High School

In this session, we will discus a wide range of strategies for increasing students' verbal and written articulation of mathematical concepts and processes.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and develop ideas for their own classroom.

About the Presenters

Nancy Anderson is the K-8 Mathematics Coordinator and a Grade 8 Mathematics Teacher at Milton Academy. Nancy is an experienced classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional development leader.  She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences, and a published author in the field of mathematics education. Nancy's publications include Classroom Discussions in Math, and Good Questions for Math Teaching. In 2012, Nancy earned the degree of Doctor of Education from Boston University. Her dissertation focused on the use of discourse as a pedagogy in mathematics classrooms.  She lives in Milton with her husband and daughter.

Carrie Ferrin is a veteran mathematics teacher of 15 years. She has worked with children of all abilities in a variety of school settings, mostly at the middle school level. Over the course of her teaching she continues to explore children's understanding and development of mathematical concepts, problem solving skills, and processes of critical thinking. Recently she focused her attention to fostering productive class discussion and presented at the 47th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference. Carrie received the Talbot Baker Award for teaching excellence in 2015 at Milton Academy.

Jin Lee teaches Grade 7 math and advises in 7th grade at Milton Academy. Before she came to Milton, she taught middle and high school mathematics at the International School of Boston and Branksome Hall. Jin has particular interests in problem-solving and discussion-based approaches to mathematics. She has presented at the 47th National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference, the 2014 NCTM Regional Conference, and the AISNE 2013 Annual Conference.

Christine Relleva has been coordinator of Room 111 at Foxborough High School for 14 years.  She has successfully integrated techniques to address the wide variety of her students' academic, social and emotional needs. Her classes revolve around constant student articulation of mathematical procedures, concepts and ideas. Christine's previous speaking engagements have included MACS conferences and the NCTM National in Anaheim. She looks forward to pajamas and a great book at the end of the day!  

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