A common problem found in many math classrooms is how do I meet the needs of all learners and still make it through my grade level content? Some learners struggle to keep up with grade level concepts, while others would benefit from more challenging content that takes their understanding to a deeper level. In this workshop, participants will explore effective practices for teaching mathematics, learn strategies to increase student participation and engagement, as well as work through a variety of performance tasks that allow all learners to successfully access grade level content.
What will participants gain?:
- Math talk routines that focus on strategy use and math reasoning
- Ways to better facilitate student discourse through the use of purposeful questioning techniques
- Suggestions for whole group, small group, and independent work in order to maximize the time of your math block
- A range of performance tasks that can be immediately implemented into instruction
- Ideas to managing productive struggle - when to provide support and when to let students work through ideas so they persevere
Jessica is the Mathematics Specialist for the Merrimack Valley School District which serves the communities of Boscawen, Loudon, Penacook, Salisbury, and Webster, NH. She primarily works with the five elementary schools and middle school supporting teachers with the implementation of a more inquiry based approach by providing resources to support grade specific math curriculum, modeling lessons, and providing professional development opportunities for staff so that they can develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.
Prior to acquiring this position, Jessica graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Middle School Math Education with a minor in Mathematics; she accepted a middle school position with Merrimack Valley Middle School in 1997. Jessica has taught grades 6, 7, and 8 at the middle school for seventeen years, coached the math team for ten years, and assumed a leadership role within the math department. During her time at Merrimack Valley Middle School, she earned her Masters of Education in Mathematics K-8 at Plymouth State University in 2004 as well as her certification as a math specialist in 2014.
In addition to attending many local math conferences, she has co-presented twice at the NHTM dine and discuss events and presented at the NHTM spring conference in 2016. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Richard C. Evans Distinguished Mathematics Educator Award in 2016. Her current professional memberships include NHTM and NCTM.