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Conference News
Written by Sheila Ruddle   

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Registration for the annual WVCTM conference is now open!  The conference will take place March 17th through March 18th at Stonewall Resort. Use the buttons at the top of the screen to register and choose sessions.

 

Our keynote speaker is Illustrative Mathematics' Kate Nowak, and the full program is available here

 

The conference registration fees are shown in the table below.

  

Registration Type Fee
Online Registration $125
On-Site Registration $140
Saturday Only Registration $60
Retired Member Registration

$65

Student Registration

$25

 

Schedule of Events

 

Thursday:

Conference Check-in:   6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Lobby

Onsite Registration and Payment:  6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Lobby

Hospitality Room:   6:30pm to 9:00pm in Room TBA

 

Friday:

Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment:  7:00am to 3:00pm in the Lobby

Business Meeting for All Members:  8:30am in Ballroom 2

Opening Session with Keynote Speaker:  10:00am in Ballroom 2

Sessions:  11:15am to 4:00pm in the Meeting Rooms

Banquet:  6:00pm in Ballroom 2

Game Room:  After the Banquet in Room TBA

 

Saturday:

Check-in/Onsite Registration and Payment:  7:30am to 9:00am in the Lobby

Sessions:  8:30am to 12:00pm in the Meeting Rooms

 

 

 

Please note that:

  • Online registration closes on March 10.
  • The cost of a banquet ticket is $30.

 If you are paying with a PO, also please note:

  • The signed purchase order must list the names of the teachers attending clearly indicating an amount for each (banquet and registration). The amount on the PO should match the request being made.

  • Upon the receipt of a completed and signed Purchase Order, it will be processed so that teachers can register.

  • There is a refund policy in place this year. Once a Purchase Order is processed, there will be no refunds for banquets and if a teacher cancels, then there will be a fee charged $20).

  • Once a Purchase Order is processed, no name changes can be made. If a new person wishes to attend, an additional purchase order will need to be sent.

  • There will be no cancellations or new Purchase Orders accepted after online registration closes.

*Contact the treasurer with any questions.

 

 

If you haven’t already done so, you may contact Stonewall Resort (304-269-7400) to make room reservations.

 
WVDE TREE Resources Available Now
Written by Mark Alvaro   

TREE LogoTREE LogoWith the upcoming change from the TEACH21 site to the new TREE teacher resource page, the West Virginia Department of Education has tasked West Virginia educators with finding the best, free Online Educational Resources (OERs) to place on the new site.

The final result of this project will mostly likely be a web app that teachers will be able to use to search for resources for Math 6, 7, 8, I, II, and III. While that web application is being developed, the state has released spreadsheets that list the OERs with titles, links, descriptions, and the CCRS alignment.  Each course's sheet contains tabs at the top to navigate through the domains.

WVCTM High School Teacher of the Year, Amy Cowgill, said of the resources: “We’ve narrowed the whole internet down to this list.”

Hopefully teachers will enjoy quick access to resources from Open Middle, Dan Meyer, Desmos, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, Illustrative Mathematics, the Math Assessment Project, Emergent Math, the Math Vision Project, and more!

View the sheets by clicking here or you can use the following link:  http://wvtreemath612.weebly.com/

 
2016 Conference a Success

Sheila Ruddle, Dan Meyer, Myrtle HollandSheila Ruddle, Dan Meyer, Myrtle HollandThe 2016 annual meeting of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics was held on March 11 & 12 at the Stonewall Resort.  With the backdrop of the rolling hills of West Virginia and Stonewall Jackson Lake, participants were treated to the amenities of a luxurious resort and to a variety of opportunities to grow professionally.  This year’s theme was “Growing Through Math.”  Sheila Ruddle, president, along with Cheryl Reger, facilities chair, provided leadership for coordinating the event.    The keynote speaker, Dr. Dan Meyer, opened the conference with  “Beyond Relevance and Real World:  Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement.”  Dr. Meyer, chief academic officer at Desmos and internationally known for three-act math tasks, noted that highlighting relevance and connections to the real world has long been touted as the most effective teaching strategies, but even those applications often appear fake or contrived to our students.  He emphasized that we need to look to better models for real world mathematics and for student engagement that include “developing the question” and “creating intellectual need.”  Many of the sessions at this year’s conference spoke to the theme of growing mathematically such as:  “Growing Fluency with Mathematics Games,” “Get Up and Go: Watch Me Grow,” “Growing Brain Cells Through Moving in Math,” “Growing Number Sense in Early Elementary,” “Flowering Fact Fluency,” “How Does It Grow…or Does It?  Exponential Explorations!,” “Motivate, Engage, and Grow with Technology,” and “Growing to Algebra.”  The depth of the sessions was evident as teachers learned both content and pedagogy.  The banquet, always a highlight of the conference, featured the Fairmont State University African Drum and Dance Ensemble, as well as numerous awards.

 
Election Results
Written by Gary Seldomridge   

The following individuals were elected to serve on the Executive Committee for WVCTM for a two-year term:  Allan Meck, a teacher at Hampshire High School in Hampshire County will serve as Vice President for High School; Melanie Meck, a coach in Hampshire County Schools in Hampshire County will serve at Vice President for Elementary; Allison Miller, a teacher at Spencer Elementary School in Roane County will serve as Member-at-Large; Samantha Service, a teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Berkeley County, will serve as Historian; Jeanne Finstein of Polyhedron Learning Media in Ohio County will serve as Community Relations Coordinator; and Roger Bennett, retired mathematics teachers and consultant, will serve as NCTM Representative.

 
President's Remarks

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Happy New Year!  I hope for each of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

I am very honored to be your new president.  My vision for my tenure is to keep mathematics education as the main focus in West Virginia.  Our students deserve the best that we as educators can give them.  By providing current ideas, strategies, techniques, and coherency in the forefront, we can enhance our professional practices, which will lead our students toward mathematical proficiency.

Believe me, we all have to work together to reach our goal. To do this, I ask you to work collaboratively with your school and county educators. In my county, the eighth grade teachers meet monthly during off school times.  We enjoy a cup of coffee and exchange ideas and lessons. I also ask you to attend professional developments that are of interest to you and to read blogs and follow some of the leading math educators.  All of the leaders in math are on Facebook and have blogs.

In fact, I would ask that if you find an especially interesting blog, article, or lesson, send it to Mark Alvaro and Jeremy Knight so it can be shared on our site and on our Facebook page. We are all in this together and it is up to all of us to provide the best mathematics education and make it accessible to all West Virginia students.

Thank you for all of your support and continued dedication to our students. I would also like to thank Shelia Ruddle (Past-President) and the executive committee for all the help and support that they have and are continuing to give me.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual conference at the Stonewall Jackson Resort on March 17-18, 2017.

Yours sincerely,

Myrtle Holland, NBCT

President, WVCTM

 
WVCTM Salutes the 2016 Award Winners

Jeanne FinsteinJeanne FinsteinThe most prestigious award given by WVCTM is the Distinguished Service Award, presented to the individual who has done exemplary work statewide in mathematics education. The award includes a Captain’s Chair with an engraved plaque, hence it is often referred to as “The Chair” Award. The 2016 recipient is Dr. Jeanne Finstein, currently President of Polyhedron Learning Media, a technology development company that specializes in creating educational software, as well as audio, video, and print materials. Jeanne received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, her master’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, and her doctorate also from WVU. She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher, primarily at Wheeling Park High School. After twenty years in public education, she became part of the team at the NASA Classroom of the Future at Wheeling Jesuit. Following this fourteen year stint which included several leadership positions, she founded Polyhedron Learning Media. As its President and Director of Development, she oversees the designing of teaching materials for both formal and informal settings for age groups from kindergarten through adult. As a member of WVCTM, Jeanne has served on the WVCTM Executive Committee in the position of Community Relations Chair since 2007. She has spent nearly ten years as the extremely efficient official photographer and publicist of WVCTM events, especially the annual meeting. In addition, at the conferences she has given numerous presentations on a variety of topics, such as integrating the use of mathematics cartoons to capture students’ imaginations and promote an interest in problem solving. Jeanne served on the Ohio County Board of Education for eight years and is now a member of the Boards of Directors of the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium and the Total Learning Research Institute. Additional accomplishments include serving as the Interim Executive Director of Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, President of Friends of Wheeling, Vice Regent of the Wheeling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and officer or active member of several other organizations. Although Jeanne has not been a mathematics teacher for many years, she has an incredible understanding of the mathematics classroom as it has evolved and a continual appreciation and love for mathematics content.

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