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Innovating Professional Learning for the Love of Mathematics

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD


Tuesday, June 25, 4:45–5:45 pm
Location: 115B

Mary Kemper  
Experience technology-rich professional learning playgrounds designed for mathematics educators to dive deep into their understanding of content. This innovative professional learning format supports a love of learning and inspires creativity in the classroom. Take away replicable structures and ideas that can be used with PK-12 educators.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Camera app (iOS) on tablet or phone, Numbers, Keynote
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Professional learning models
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Math
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will experience professional learning playgrounds designed to promote mathematics content understanding through creativity. Each playground will require participants to use digital tools to interact with the content and capture evidence of mathematical thinking. In the Creative Mathematics playground, participants will draw concept (mathematics-specific), material (Play-DOH, cars, LEGO), and photography (video, photo, time-lapse, slo-mo) cards and engage in the challenge of demonstrating understanding of the concept, using only the material indicated, captured with the given photography tool. In the Chopped: Mathematics playground, participants will explore various math digital tools in the Chopped virtual basket and draw a concept card. The participants will model the mathematical concept using 2 or more math digital tools, along with the mystery ingredient, in an app-smashing format. Participants will use digital tools to capture the process and the product in this experience. Participants will leave with replicable structures of the two playgrounds (Creative Mathematics and Chopped: Mathematics) to design for their teachers. Evidence of success will be measured as participants engage in exploration, collaboration, creation, and conversations around their own implementation of professional learning playgrounds.

Outline

Launch (10 minutes): Participants will reflect on their own experience with professional learning, including memorable/impactful opportunities for learning as well as less-than-ideal sessions they’ve attended as an educator. Participants will respond to a prompt (describe the best/worst professional learning you’ve ever been a part of) using creativity.

Introduce Playgrounds (10 minutes): Facilitator will explain the desired outcomes of each of the playgrounds as well as the resources available at each. The participants will access digital tools and verify they are ready to use when they attend each playground. The facilitator will explain the plan for rotation around the room during the playground experience.

Playground Rotation #1 (15 minutes): Participants will attend their first playground location and follow the directions provided. They will use creativity to demonstrate understanding of the mathematical concepts using the resources allowed and capture the experience with photography tools. Participants will share their learning on social media with #ISTE19.

Playground Rotation #2 (15 minutes): Participants will attend their second playground location and follow the directions provided. They will use creativity to demonstrate understanding of the mathematical concepts using the resources allowed and capture the experience with photography tools. Participants will share their learning on social media with #ISTE19.

Debrief and Next Steps (10 minutes): Participants will re-group for a final discussion and reflection on the use of playgrounds for professional learning.

Supporting research

Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics by Quinn Rollins
Bold School by Weston Kieschnick
Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani

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Mary Kemper, Coppell ISD

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