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Saturday Math

Saturday morning seminars for teaching professionals — Sponsored by the Leadership in Mathematics Education Program

2017–2018 Schedule

Saturday Math

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m for all Saturdays
Registration 9:30 am, $10 registration fee at the door

October 21, 2017
Developing Problem Solving Dispositions and Habits of Mind

We all want our students to be lifelong learners, but what does that actually mean for our teaching practice? It means developing in students specific dispositions—wondrousness, inquisitiveness, playfulness, patience, precision, comfort with ambiguity—that comprise the capacity to learn. In this session we will explore the craft of problem solving from an adult perspective. Participants can expect to hone their own problem solving capacity, name specific generalizable and learnable problem solving dispositions and habits of mind, and engage in the joy of mathematics as a learner.

December 2, 2017
Understanding Fractions Across the Grades

Developing student understanding of fractions means more than fraction tiles and parts of a whole. Deep understanding of fractions means building increasingly complex relationships around some critical big mathematical ideas, and using mathematical models to make sense of these big ideas. This session will trace the development of some big mathematical ideas and models in fractions across elementary and middle school mathematics.

February 3, 2018
Mathematical Models and Modeling

Using tools in mathematics supports the development of deep conceptual understanding, but considering why and how we use those tools is a lever of thoughtful practice. In this session we will construct specific mathematical models, and explore a trajectory for using mathematical models in problem solving and learning mathematics.

March 3, 2018
Problems in Math Class: The Nature of the Task

A good math problem contains multiple entry points and allows for multiple approaches and representations, while also enabling a rigorous exploration of mathematical ideas. Unfortunately, many of the problems in our curricular resources fall short. This session will allow participants to explore why and how we might transform typical “word problems” into rich tasks by thinking about: (1) reversibility, (2) flexibility, and (3) generalization.

These sessions are open to all. Reservations are required.


For those who teach...

Sponsored by the Leadership in Mathematics program, four Saturday morning sessions a year are held on topics relevant to all who teach and learn mathematics. Teachers, coaches and administrators from the tri-state area meet for coffee, bagels and a facilitated session on a selected topic in the teaching of mathematics.

The sessions consist of activities and discussion and often provide resource materials. There is ample opportunity to share ideas and concerns with other professionals. Topics may be curriculum specific ("Making the Fraction, Decimal & Percent connection") or instruction specific ("Teaching Mathematics in the Inclusion Classroom").

About the Lead Facilitator

NonePresently, Michael Cassaro supports graduates of and current students in the Leadership in Mathematics Education program as they facilitate these carefully crafted Saturday Math sessions.

Michael consults with schools, districts and universities across the tri-state area and advises and teaches in the Leadership in Mathematics Education program at Bank Street College. He believes that mathematics is a thinking, sense-making endeavor. When we seek to understand how mathematical ideas are connected to each other and in the world around us, mathematics becomes an entirely new type of pursuit. By modeling a learning posture, Michael invites all participants into the conversation about growing our practice. It is through this shared dialogue that we become better teachers, leaders and learners.

When not discovering math with his toddlers, Michael can be found with his friends and family – telling stories, breaking bread, and attempting to keep a large biodynamic garden.