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Southern Lehigh Mathematics Department 2010
Transcript of Southern Lehigh Mathematics Department 2010
Math Resource Room - like Upper St. Claire Successes PSSA Results Since Last Curriculum Cycle
2004-05 --> 64% Proficiency
2005-06 --> 74% Proficiency
2006-07 --> 77% Proficiency
2007-08 --> 80% Proficiency
2008-09 --> 83% Proficiency
(Source: EdInsight Data Window) Technology
-Graphing calculators Limited class sizes for applied classes
-Wenglinsky Study Recommendations Apple MacBook Learning Lab
-Strictly for the use of the middle school math department
-Online textbook supplements Currently at the Middle School there are:
-6 Reading Teachers
-5 Language Arts Teachers
-5 Social Studies Teachers
-4 Science Teachers
-4 Mathematics Teachers Current Structure for 2010-2011 School Year (4 Teachers)
- Average of 19 Students per Applied Class
- Average of 25 Students per On-Level Class
- Average of 29 Students per One Year Advanced Class
- Average of 16 Students per Two Year Advanced Class Change Comp Science I to full semester Eliminate Mandatory Review Days Past Practices Best Practices Eliminate 4Sight Testing Use midterm and final exam data Mathematics Curriculum Council Presentation
May 2010 SUCCESSES
Since 2004, at least 85% of students in grades 3-5 have consistently scored in the Proficient range or above on the PSSA.
Since 2004, at least 66% of students in grades 4 and 5 have scored in the Advanced range of the PSSA.
TODAY'S ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS
• Lessons designed to increase conceptual understanding.
• Increased emphasis on utilizing techniques such as guided discovery to increase students’ long-term retention of skills and concepts so that they can utilize their knowledge in problem-solving applications.
• Differentiation in lessons to meet the varied learning needs of the students.
• Efforts to integrate recommendations of organizations such as NCTM and NSF.
• Efforts to integrate writing into math as part of the district’s writing program
• Efforts to incorporate the ideas of leaders in mathematics education such as Liping Ma.
• Rocket Math (Otter Creek) (develops fact fluency)
• Math Camp
INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY
First In Math to maintain computational fluency in grades 3-6
Integration of technology as a tool for graphing, data analysis, statistics
Many resources on teacher’s websites
Computers and calculators as tools of mathematics
MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS
Response to Intervention
Title I Services
Enrichment and support from the teacher of gifted students.
Advanced placement opportunities at grades 6 and 7.
Formative Assessments to drive instruction
• AIMSWEB (timed computation and application)
• 4Sight for PSSA preparation
Summative Assessments to evaluate students’ understanding
• Common mid-year and year-end assessments
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Dedicated In-Service Days (K-12)
In-services requested by the math department include:
- Congnitive Tutor
- Geometer's SketchPad
- Texas Instrument - general use (can do within the department), TI NSpire & TI Connect (from TI)
- Training on the use of document cameras
- Speaker Susan Winebrenner - focusing on the effective teaching of gifted students utilizing strategies that
work for all students
- Effective utilization of math centers in grades K-3
- How to effectively use manipulatives to build conceptual understanding
At the national level, the 2007 TIMMS reports the average mathematics scores for both U.S. fourth- and eighth-grade students were higher in 2007 than in 1995.
(From: Highlights from TIMSS 2007: Mathematics and Science Achievement of U.S. Fourth- and Eighth-Grade students in an International Context. September 2009 http://nces.ed.gov.pubs2009/2009001.pdf)
However, the United States still lags behind several European and Asian countries in mathematics performance. The social and moral mandate still exists – Strengthen the knowledge of students in the United States in the areas of mathematics and science. The America Competes Act (P.L. 110-69) calls for the strengthening of mathematics and science education.
The knowledge of mathematics is empowering. As a mathematics department, and as teachers of children, we are committed to strengthening and broadening the educational opportunities for all children in our district, maximizing their opportunities to build an educational foundation that will allow them to become productive and contributing members of society. We also strive to instill in our students an excitement and passion for the language of mathematics.
Project Based Learning
-Math Around the World Day
-Physics Day at Dorney Park
Project Based Learning Increased Use of Technology to Enhance 21st Century Skills
-Trainings on web-based programs / textbook
supplements Hire One New Classroom Teacher at the Middle School Hiring an extra instructor would limit class size... Proposed New Structure for 2010-11 School Year (5 Teachers)
- Average of 15 Students per Applied Class
- Average of 19 Students per On-Level Class
- Average of 20 Students per One Year Advanced Class
- Average of 16 Students per Two Year Advanced Class In total, the average amount of students in
each class would change from:
-19 to 15 in Applied Classes
-25 to 19 in On-Level Classes
-29 to 20 in One Year Advanced Classes
-The number of students in "two-year" advanced classes
would remain the same, at 16 students per class. RECOMMENDATION
Document cameras and projectors for Middle School and Intermediate School mathematics classrooms and one for each of the third grades at the three elementary buildings. RECOMMENDATIONS
Increase attendance at professional conferences for teachers at the elementary level.
NCTM regional conferences and national conferences when held in our area.
Curriculum Review and Revision
Examine the current elementary mathematics curriculum to ensure its alignment with the newest updates from the State Department of Education.
Identify and obtain textbooks and materials which support State Standards, District Standards, and incorporate instructional “best practices”.
(Example: Concept and skill development is based on the idea of leading students from constructing
conceptual understanding to manipulating pictorial
representations to utilizing symbolic interpretations of the language of mathematics.) RECOMMENDATION
Examine Project M² as a means to support the highly capable mathematics students in grades K-2. The Project M² has been developed by the University of Connecticut through a grant from the National Science Foundation. -Innovative Math
-Lionville Middle School - Downingtown Area School District
-Three year pilot at the 7th grade applied level of the middle school Meeting the Needs of All Students
-Title I Services
-Advanced placement opportunities
A hands-on program to learning algebra beginning in 4th grade!
Supply a classroom kit for each math classroom at the Intermediate School. (7 classroom kits needed)
Provide in-service training as needed for math teachers.