Language Arts and Mathematics .....How Do They Overlap?

Overview: Using graphic organizers, graphs, and making connections to both the language arts and mathematics curriculum.  Actual student work will be shared.

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff, 6-12

Materials:  Overhead projector  laptop with projector, internet connection
Presentations are active events with particpants receiving handouts, information, and insights based upon my classroom experiences, current research, and effective strategies.

                    Using Class Data in Graphing...Connecting  Various Graphing Strategies

Overview: : Participants will be asked a basic question that will provide the data to illustrate the stem and leaf, bar graph, circle graph in various formats..  Research from Marzano and others describing the rationale behind the approaches will be addressed. Manipulatives providing tactile experiences.and kinesthetic activities  will be experienced. 

Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff 5-10

Materials:  Overhead projector (minimum), Laptop with projector, internet connection
Mathematics Overview of Fostering Mathematical Power

An emphasis on the value of place in numbers and how to instill a dynamic problem solving approach to your classroom. First a little background on the 89 NCTM change of emphasis in mathematics teaching, then some practical ways to internalize place value in your problem solving.

Audience: K-6  Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff

Materials: Overhead, laptop with projector, internet connection, magnetic white or chalk board.

NCTM Phoenix OCT 2006


In this interactive presentation, teachers were given a handout with some of my  favorite student engagement activites.   We proceeded with the graphing strategies as listed above.         More useful information can be found on my classroom website

Click for my sixth grade  website.

Click to see the  games !

Highlights included hands on activities with the stem and leaf, bar graph, box and whisker,
and networking with one another for best practice ideas.
Literacy Conference Jan '07 Fire Science Academy Carlin, NV

In this presentation, attendees were given some background information based upon best practices for student's understanding, including the importance of doing cross curricular activities.     I used the "Plotting Through a Storyline" as  seen in this cool link:

The presentation provided the attendees with a  rationale, a lesson modeling engagement strategies, vocabulary development, cross curricular links to graphing, actual  student work, and a sample from their own experience. A rubric was also shared for assessment purposes.
Math and Science Symposium   April '07  Elko, NV

Ever wonder how to put some meat into your mathematics program?  At a loss for how to start?   Then this class is for you :an overview of using rubrics, applying differentiation strategies, and various problem solving techniques in a hands on format via the internet will be explored.    Participants will have links to various POW's (problems of the week found above in sixth grade class tab)) that have successfully been incorporated into a sixth grade curriculum.  A wealth of sites and ideas that can be modified for grades 5-8 is promised!

Math and Science Symposium   March '08   Great Basin College, Elko, NV

Happy Birthday Einstein, or Celebrating PI Day, March 14th.

In this hands on workshop participants will be given a PI packet with ideas for incorporating pi on March 14th this year, and subsequent years.  From using pie recipes as math lessons, the pi sign as an art activity, candy neckalces based upon the digits 3.1417etc and a wonderful circle assessment which incorporates circle terminology and attributes of polygons, participants will come away with plenty of useful ideas.

NcTM     November   2008  Reno, Nevada

Circle Transformations and Vocabulary building

Using a circle and three versions of measurement (degrees, time, and decimal) participants will learn how to incorporate geometry terms and applications to a folding activity.  The activity lends itself to a task oriented assessment.