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Previous Webinars 2014-15

Previous Webinars 2014 - 2015

During the 2014-2015 academic year, Educational Testing Services (ETS) has been offering several webinars detailing a range of topics from classroom management to Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Below are video recordings of each webinar for this academic year so far. Each recording is accompanied by a short description of the webinar content as well as a downloadable PDF of the presentation featured in the recording.

Series 2: Classroom Strategies for Student and Teacher Success -Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

Part I: Starting Off Strong: Intentional Management Practices for the New Teacher
September 20, 2014

In her first installment, entitled Starting Off Strong: Intentional Management Practices for the New Teacher, Laura discussed different approaches to classroom management and focused on practices that new teachers can adopt to aid them in creating a classroom that runs smoothly. This webinar addressed the following topics: the learning environment, classroom set-up, routines, and management systems. The goal of this webinar was to give new teachers ideas during the webinar that they could implement immediately in their classrooms. Issues brought up in the webinar were discussed further on the Math-Up Facebook page. Laura spent time discussing how slight changes in the language that teachers use, such as reframing requests as statements, can have a significant effect on student behavior.

Intentional Management Practices for the New Teacher

Part II: Lo Hacemos Así: Management Strategies that take into Account Language & Culture for the Emergent Bilingual Student
November 1, 2014

In Part II of her series, Lo Hacemos Así:Management Strategies that take into Account Language & Culture for the Emergent Bilingual Student, Laura addressed the question: What do you do when many of the students do not speak English or have not been in schools in the US before? This webinar discussed management strategies to aid emergent bilingual students in understanding how the classroom works. Specific attention was given to how to adapt and modify the environment as well as the routines that are already established in the classroom for emergent bilingual students. Questions brought up in the webinar were further explored on the Math-Up Facebook page.

Management Strategies for the Emergent Bilingual Student

Part III: Making Things Personal: Techniques for Working with Individual Students
November 8, 2014

Even for the most seasoned teacher, must work with students individually in order for the classroom to run smoothly. In her third installment, Making Things Personal: Techniques for Working with Individual Students, specific questions were addressed: how do I work with the student who has had persistent issues with behavior? How do I work with the student who has low-academic skills and presents management issues? How do I work with students who are currently going through difficult situations outside of the classroom? There was an opportunity for participants to bring their own cases to the webinar for discussion. All participants left the webinar with concrete ideas to implement with students who they may want to work with individually.

Techniques for Working with Individual Students 

Series 3: Using Formative Assessment to Unearth Problem-Solving and Making-Sense in Mathematics - William "Bill" Crombie

Part I: How We Can Help Students Make Sense of Mathematics and Mathematical Problems
November 22, 2014

Bill Crombie presented the first installment of his webinar series entitled How We Can Help Students Make Sense of Mathematics and Mathematical Problems. Forming the basis of this webinar, Bill posed the question “How can students solve a mathematics problem if the problem itself doesn’t make sense to them?”, and emphasized the fundamental concept of sense–making as the first necessary step in problem solving. The session focused on how teachers can support students in the development of their sense-making skills in mathematics and mathematical problem-solving. The session also discussed strategies for making sense of mathematics, the Common Core Mathematical Practices, and a framework for supporting students in this task. Using a Math Challenge as a starting point for walking the group through the process in which students might absorb introductory statistical concepts (i.e. mean, median, and mode), he asked the participants to discuss their own thinking about these ideas.

Making Sense of Mathematics and Mathematical Problems 

Part II: Engaging Non-cognitive Skills in the Process of Doing Mathematics
December 13, 2014

Bill presented the second webinar of his series entitled Engaging Non-cognitive Skills in the Process of Doing Mathematics. Again using formative assessment, and more specifically the Math Challenges, Bill set up a larger discussion about non-cognitive skills that examined attention and persistence. Bill discussed how using students own language to introduce concepts is an effective way to keep students’ attention, and in turn to maintain that attention, which becomes persistence.

Engaging Non-cognitive Skills in the Process of Doing Mathematics 

Part III: Communication in Mathematics with Pictures, Words, and Symbols
February 7, 2015

Bill led his third and final webinar entitled Communication in Mathematics with Pictures, Words, and Symbols. Bill made the case that communication is only implicit in attempts to learn what students know, and that the only evidence we have access to from formative assessments is evidence that students are able to communicate. This webinar examined how the Math Challenges support and develop students’ ability to communicate mathematics to the teacher, to other students and to themselves. He rounded out the session by quoting and then elaborating on mathematician and philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead.

Communication in Mathematics with Pictures, Words, and Symbols