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Welcome to the 2018 MidSchoolMath National Conference! 

To register for the Conference, or learn more about MidSchoolMath, please visit the MidSchoolMath National Conference website

Session sign-up for registered attendees will open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Information about activating your Sched account, selecting your sessions and more is provided in FAQs.  Helpful information about planning your trip to Santa Fe, including airport options and Featured Hotels, can be found in the Location section of the Conference Website. 

Please note this is a draft agenda; session titles and topics may change and new sessions may be added prior to January 2, 2018.    

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Friday, March 2 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Word Problems: Living the Math to Deepen the Thinking

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For many teachers embarking on their math journeys, their biggest hesitation seems to be with utilizing the power of word problems in developing mathematical thinking. Teachers may shy away from inquiry-based word problems because they fear not knowing the answers, or that there are simply too many answers. We know that effective word problems stimulate curiosity, demand problem-solving skills, lend themselves to meaningful mistakes, and generate robust conversations in the service of discovery. 

In this session, you'll work collaboratively with participants and presenters to develop the craft of creating creative and meaningful word problems. You'll look at typical word problems, delving deeper into what thinking skills they actually demand of students and what math concepts they are tackling. You'll receive a critical framework and checklist for reflecting on current practices and models, and making small, but profound changes, that open up the learning for students. Watch video examples, then work together to develop fun and creative word problems that allow students to role play, so as to live the math as they discover it, use it, and understand it. 

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Justin Hui

6th Grade Teacher, York Region District School Board
Justin Hui teaches sixth to eight grade mathematics, and has previously taught in the primary division as well. He is a Mathematics Lead teacher, and has taught teacher education programs in mathematics. He has presented at a number of Mathematics conferences across Ontario, and... Read More →
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Ken Pettigrew

Principal in Leadership Development, York Region District School Board
Ken Pettigrew has been an educator for over twenty years, teaching first through eighth grade. He has also been a curriculum consultant, school administrator, and, most recently, a central principal for leadership development in mathematics. He has also taught teacher education p... Read More →

Friday March 2, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Kearny Santa Fe Community Convention Center
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