In a heterogeneous math classroom it seems impossible to meet the needs of all learners. Some learners never gain a full understanding of concepts because of the pressure to move on in order to hit grade level pacing guides, while others could benefit from more challenging content rather than being bored. In this workshop, participants will explore some of the effective practices for teaching mathematics, learn strategies to foster student participation, and work through low floor - high ceiling tasks that allow all learners to successfully access grade level content. Additionally, participants will consider how to transition from whole group to small group in order to better remediate for struggling learners as well as pushing understanding for above level learners.
What will participants gain?
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.