Because of the differences in their early learning, my students have a wide range of mathematical skills. Several can problem solve and critically think outside of the box. Others, however, have difficulty counting, understanding money, and making sense of place value concepts. Many students at my Title I school are newcomers to our country and missing many real-life experiences where mathematical learning is concrete and applicable to every day circumstances.
They are eager learners who give it their all every day, but my desire is to level the playing field in their mathematical experiences.
Our school has a reading intervention specialist who further develops reading skills with students, but math intervention is a critical need that is not currently being met. My latest reading in the area of Cognitively Guided Instruction has helped me develop students who now love math and are excited to learn through play. They have learned to develop strong relationships with their peers, trust their math partners, and work together to think through perplexing problems.
An exciting opportunity awaits to attend the Annual Meeting and Exposition by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I am so excited that this year's conference is only a two-hour drive from the district where I teach. Our school is part of a district that has changed tremendously over the last ten years. The "growing pains" experienced in our once small, little town have created a tremendous need for further professional development as well as parent education.
The learning at this conference will guide my team in developing an after-school intervention program at our school.
The intervention program will focus on mathematical conceptual development, math in the everyday world, and learning through games and play.
By attending this conference, I will meet thousands of math educators from around the country, hear innovators in the field of mathematics, and discover new learning practices developed by those involved in current research. My attendance will enable me to strengthen my mathematical understanding and create a mathematical intervention program that gives students positive mathematical experiences, not just more worksheets.
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