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It has been said that 80% of what people learn is visual.
Allen Klein

2016 Conference Housing Information
Written by Sheila Ruddle   

Stonewall Resort is taking reservations for Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11.

Before reserving a room, make certain that your county or RESA is not booking a room for you. Often participants are double-booked, preventing others from getting rooms.

Remember that there are several cottages available for groups. The resort offers 24-hour shuttle service to transport you to and from the lodge.

The Stonewall desk will not put you on a WAIT LIST if there is not a room available. However, if you will email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your name, email address, and phone number, I will send it to our business contact at Stonewall and she will notify you as rooms become available.

President's Remarks

Sheila RuddleSheila Ruddle

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in WVCTM.  
The work of our organization goes on year-round and there are many opportunities for involvement, several of them right here at
First, if you would like to become of member of WVCTM, use the  “WVCTM Registration” tab on the left. Please note, though, that you receive membership when registering for the annual conference.  
Each year at our banquet, we honor teachers.  If you know an outstanding mathematics teacher, preferably one who is a WVCTM member, please use the form for the Teacher of the Year, found at the Nominations/Applications tab. At this tab you will also find information about, and applications for, grants such as the Teacher-in-Training Grant, the Golden Holtan, and for your students, the annual Poster Contest. Check the forms for submission dates and begin nominating and applying now.
To become very involved in WVCTM, consider becoming an officer.  Our executive committee meets four times a year in addition to the annual conference. This year, we are seeking nominations for Vice-president High School, Vice-president Elementary, Member-at-Large, Government Relations, and Historian.
A few notes about the conference –
  • Teachers love to get ideas from other teachers, ones that have been used and tested in classrooms.  Please consider sharing your knowledge by presenting at Stonewall Resort in March.  A speaker proposal tab is found at the upper left.  Note that our program committee needs this information by December 1.
  • Because we are an organization, our first conference session is a business meeting.  All members are encouraged to attend, as this is the only time during the year that members hear about the work of WVCTM.
  • Also, I encourage each of you to attend the banquet, which to me, is the heart of WVCTM.  Although it makes for a long evening, the executive committee works hard to make it an informative and pleasurable one.
I hope to see each and every one of you in March!
A Week of Inspirational Math
Amy's ClassAmy's Class

Influenced by an online class of Jo Boaler as well as the work of Carol Dweck, Amy Rice, a mathematics teacher at Keyser Middle School, is changing the  mindsets of her students.  On Boaler’s youcubed website, Amy was delighted to find what Boaler entitled, “A Week of Inspirational Mathematics.”  The tasks that are included encourage students to see mathematics as a “broad , interesting and visual subject that involves deep thinking.”  It also includes important growth mindset messages that will increase students’ confidence causing them to persevere with difficult problems and use their mistakes as a springboard to greater learning.  

In one of the scenarios “Number Visuals,” students investigate different representations of numbers.  Amy’s seventh grade students immediately were engaged in noticing what happened in each representation from “all the circles are primes” to “look at the factors in this one.”   When students were asked to create their own visual representation for the number 36 as a homework assignment, they shared their ideas in a gallery walk the following day.  Armed with post-its, students commented on their classmates’ work using vocabulary like “I noticed you used the factors in a different way” or “I like how you justified your method” or “You did a good job verifying your thinking.”   They were eager to ask each other questions as they were curious about the various ways that other students had created their representations.  This investigation provided students with an opportunity to make connections between numbers and pictures that clearly not only deepened  the students’ understanding, but also provided an environment that encouraged them to take risks to further their learning.

WVCTM Salutes the 2015 Award Recipients

The 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 2015 recipient is Holly Plunkett, currently a mathematics teacher at Tucker County High School. Although Holly's path traversed many states including Delaware, California, and Pennsylvania, she finally arrived in West Virginia and has proven herself not only to be a passionate mathematics teachers, but also a valued member of WVCTM. Holly agreed to assume the position of treasurer of the organization five years ago and readily embraced all that it encompassed. With a wealth of change occurring including a new venue for the annual conference and use of internet registration and payments, Holly rose to the challenge dedicating countless hours to WVCTM. A former State Mathematics Coordinator stated, "Holly Plunkett has been a leader among high school mathematics teachers in West Virginia for the entire eight years I served as mathematics coordinator. She led statewide professional development for hundreds of teachers over a period of five years during our Teacher Leadership Institutes. She presented on formative assessment strategies and content-specific sessions for county level professional development as well. She served on the review team for the Common Core State Standards and created curriculum units for both the 21st century standards and the Next Generation Standards. She served in an advisory capacity for the state math coordinator on a number of related topics including the integration of technology in the math classroom. Her influence and effects on teaching and learning of mathematics in West Virginia are everlasting." Holly has been recognized as a Presidental Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, as a WVCTM Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year, and as a National Board Certified teacher. Few high school teachers are truly prepared to respond to those fleeting opportunities in a classroom that must be sensed and seized by the teacher. Holly is one of those teachers who can utilize those moments to capture the collective interest of the students and cause them to realize the beauty and power of mathematics.

WVCTM Mathematics Teachers of the Year are those who exemplify the highest standards of mathematics teaching and provide a role model for their colleagues.

Conference 2016

Dan MyerDan MyerPlease join us for the 2016 annual conference of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. This year’s attendees are in for a very special treat as Dan Meyer will be presenting extended sessions at this year’s conference. Many of you may regularly read his interesting postings on his blog dy/dan which offers specific ways to implement teaching ideas that will change your practice. His 3-ACT method encourages students to conjecture, experiment, construct viable arguments, and offer thoughtful solutions to meaningful tasks, which ultimately makes the ideas and concepts learned stick. Meyer’s biography states that he has “taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math.” A nationally known advocate for better mathematics instruction, he has shared his views and even some of his 3-ACT scenarios on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachael Ray, and A resident of Mountain View, California, he earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the Chief Academic Officer at Desmos where he explores the future of math textbooks. He speaks internationally and was named one of Tech & Learning's 30 Leaders of the Future. His presentation is entitled: “Beyond Relevance & Real World: Stronger Strategies for Student Engagement.”

And as in the past the WVCTM annual conference will give you an opportunity to learn effective teaching practices to support students’ learning, to examine new and effective differentiated instruction methods, and to refine your assessment techniques. From speakers presenting a variety of sessions to vendors’ displays, the 2016 conference entitled “Growing through Math” is designed to create ways for our students to receive the best possible mathematics education.

The conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12, at the Stonewall Resort, located off I-79 approximately 30 minutes from Clarksburg, WV. Reservations can be made either by calling 888-278-8150 or 304-269-7400. To receive the conference rate of $92 plus the $8 resort fee, please note as you reserve your room that you are attending the WVCTM Conference.

WVCTM Supports Common Core

The Executive Committee of WVCTM sent the following letter to the members of the legislature on March 2, 2015 in support of the Common Core State Standards:

“As members of the Executive Committee of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, we ask that you consider the ramifications of a repeal of the West Virginia Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives. These standards were developed over several years by a large group of informed professionals with the goal of identifying the core knowledge and skills students need to master at each grade level in order to graduate career and/or college ready. They are based upon learning progressions that have been researched and provide the foundation for learning. Expert West Virginia educators, from kindergarten through college, have invested over five years in the study and implementation of these standards.
We realize that there is still more work to be done. Teachers continue to need ongoing professional development to understand content and to learn instructional strategies that will reach all West Virginia students. Our teachers are aggressively seeking out this information as shown by the fact that nearly three hundred teachers plan to attend our annual conference this month. As this is the first year of full implementation of these standards, it is too early to see the effects at all grade levels, however a repeal of the standards has the potential to destroy the gains that have been made in student growth and understanding.
As a group of professional mathematics educators, many of whom have more than thirty years of teaching experience, we implore you to make a decision that is in the best interest of the mathematics education of the students of West Virginia. We ask that you do not repeal the West Virginia Next Generation Mathematics Content Standards and Objectives. 
Endorsed by the Executive Committee of the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics”

During the WVCTM Annual Conference, members were invited to a “Conversation on Common Core” to discuss the events that were literally unfolding in the WV State Legislature that very day. A panel of teachers from elementary through college shared ideas, rebutted misinformation, and answered questions from the membership. Those in attendance also shared their opinions and personal experiences with teaching the Common Core State Standards. Members were encouraged to express their views to House and Senate members. The final day of the WVCTM conference was also the closing day of the state legislative session. The House Bill (HB 2934) which would have repealed the Common Core State Standards in West Virginia was amended by the Senate to include a study of the standards rather than a repeal. The bill was then sent to a conference committee, but the report was never taken up in the House, so it died for lack of action.

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