May 112013

I am trying to put some order to my to-do list this summer, as well as create some structure for all the work. I want to avoid creating a broken, fragmented summer where I accomplish nothing but spend a lot of time spinning my wheels.

First off: Trainings, conferences and travel I am planning.

1. A training given by my district on CCSS changes to Algebra 2, 10-12 June. Kind of important since I signed up to teach the new CCSS Algebra II STEM changes at our August Mandatory PD session. It will be a great three days in June, and a great way to start the summer.

2. The Silver State AP Institute in Las Vegas 24 to 27 June: Really looking forward to this institute given by Josh Tabor to the experience AP Stat teachers. It says he is going to work with Fathom a lot, which is good, I have no experience with Fathom. I am interested in seeing what the new additions to GeoGebra can do as far as stats teaching, so I will work with both programs and see what I can do to crossover.

3. A fun trip to Chicago for some family time around the 4th of July, and then a week later a motorcycle trip to Portland and Montana. That will be a blast! It is always good to see mom, sister & family in Portland as well as family in Montana.

4. TwitterMathCamp 2013 from 25 to 28 July! Yay. Last year it was amazing and hands down the best PD I have ever done for myself. I am very happy to be going again. Looking forward to developing relationships with more teachers and building stronger relationships with the ones from last year!

5. In addition to all that, I signed up for a MOOC on Coursera on the Philosophy of Mathematics starting in July and going through August.

Whew, that is a lot of traveling, and it will definitely keep me hopping. But in addition to traveling and learning, I want to really dive deep into a some books and synthesize some ideas.

My reading list, in no particular order is:

The Art of Problem Posing by Stephen Brown and Marion Walter

5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret Smith and Mary Kay Stein

Common Core Mathematics in a PLC at Work: high school by Gwendolyn Zimmerman et al.

Common Formative Assessments: how to connect standards based instruction and assessment by Larry Ainsworth and Donald Viegut

I have some other sitting on my bookshelf that I want to revisit, but those are the 4 that I absolutely want to get through this summer.

The thread I am working on is connecting classroom practice to better questioning, learning how to ask and guide better questions, and then teach other teachers in my department how to ask better questions.

This is a big chunk, but I think it is important to developing a better math program and math classroom.

I will post here on the books and conferences.

  2 Responses to “My summerlist: conferences, travel, reading & goals”

  1. Hi Glenn! Your #summerlist has inspired me to do the same. I have already been accepted to the District’s Summer Mathematics Institute for grades 6-8. I’ve signed up for some of the teacher professional development courses on Coursera. No real travel plans, but my goal is to ride my bicycle from Reno to Verdi Nature Center at least once this summer. As far as my reading list goes, the institute will be giving us books to read, but a couple from your reading list sound very helpful. It’s been a tough year for me. I’m looking forward to it ending and the short summer (however busy it may be) beginning. I look forward to reading your updates as well. Take care!

  2. Thank you Line, I am glad I was able to inspire. The institute looked good, and I was upset that I hadn’t heard about it until I read closer and realized it was for middle school. 🙂

    Have fun and enjoy your summer too!

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