09.13.17 FSLT Math Agenda #TrinityLearns

Questions for 2017-18

September 13 Meeting


3:30 5 min Establishing Intent, Purpose, Norm Setting

  • How is the year going? What are you looking
    forward to this year?
    Did you survive Hurricane Irma?
3:35 5 min Goals for Math Committee

  • To learn more math in order to pass it on to our
    grade level teams
  • To scale our learning to our teams
  • To deeply understand the Standards for
    Mathematical Practices
  • To deepen, differentiate, and extend learning
    for the students in our classroom
    (Instructional Core goal)

Action Steps

  1. Participate in or recruit others to participate in
    Embolden Your Inner Mathematician
  2. Study and participate in discussions around
    Standards of Mathematical Practices, including
    reading and implementing ideas in
    Beyond Answers
    by Mike Flynn
  3. Refine and rework learning progressions for
    eachgrading period (and calibrate with
    “next door neighbor”grades) to deeply
    understand the essentials to learn, to
    improve actionable formative assessment
    techniques and strategies, and to know our
    learners as mathematicians.
3:40 5 min Number SplatsSteve Wyborney (@SteveWyborney)
3:45 30 min Planning for Splats

4:15 15 min Talking Points from Elizabeth Statmore (@chessemonkeysf)

4:25 5 min Closure and Reflection (I liked (and why), I wish, I wonder)
2017-18 Feedback and Attendance Form

End of session

09.06.17 Embolden Your Inner Mathematician: Elicit and use evidence of student thinking #TrinityLearns

From NCTM’s publication, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All:

Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.

Effective teaching of mathematics uses evidence of student thinking to assess progress toward mathematical understanding and to adjust instruction continually in ways that support and extend learning.

Slide deck

7:15 15 min Welcome, Materials, Q&A

7:30 15 min Establishing Intent, Purpose, Norm Setting

  • Ambitious Teaching
  • NCTM’s Principles to Action (@NCTM, #NCTMPtA)
  • Read The Dot
7:45 10 min Break for Birthday Breakfast
7:55 10 min Talking Points from Elizabeth Statmore (@cheesemonkeysf)

8:10 20 min Subitizing (a.k.a. Dot Talks)
8:30 25 min Number Talk
8:55 10 min Planning

  • Anticipate
  • Plan to Monitor
  • Sequence anticipated responses
9:05 10 min Closure
9:15 End of session


  • Explore Closest to One using Open Middle worksheet with I can show my work so a reader understands without asking me questions.
  • Read pp. 207-211 from TAKING ACTION: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices in K-Grade 5
    • What the Research says: Elicit and Use Evidence of Student Thinking
    • Promoting Equity by Eliciting and Using Evidence of Student Thinking
  • Read one of the following from TAKING ACTION: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices in K-Grade 5
    • pp.183-188 Make a Ten
    • pp.189-195 The Odd and Even Task
    • pp. 198-207 The Pencil Task

Leinwand, Steve. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA.: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2014. (p. 46) Print.

05.05.17 Fall PD Opportunity #TrinityLearns


Trinity School would like to invite interested elementary mathematics teachers to participate in ongoing professional learning tis fall.  We will offer Embolden Your Inner Mathematician on Wednesday mornings through December.  Seating is limited. If interested,  please register soon.


At the end of the semester, teacher-learners should be able to say:

  • I can exercise mathematical flexibility to show what I know in more than one way.
  • I can make sense of tasks and persevere in solving them.
  • I can work within NCTM’s Eight Mathematical Teaching Practices for strengthening the teaching and learning of mathematics.


  • For: Pre-K–6 Educators
  • Dates: Wednesday mornings, Sept 2017 – Dec 2017
  • Time: 7:15 to 9:15 AM

(The flyer advertises an early morning start time of 7:15. Realistically, the hard start time is 7:30. We plan for 7:15-7:30 to be a time for coffee, questions, and celebrations of work.)


The weekly schedule of topics are as follows:

The weekly schedule of topics can be viewed on the Embolden Your Inner Mathematician Google doc. If you are  interested in emboldening your inner mathematician and would like to join us, please contact us for additional details.

Jill Gough | Director of Teaching & Learning
Experiments in Learning by Doing | Jill Gough notes
jgough@trinitatl.org | @jgough

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