MS/HS School Mathematics
Services provided include coaching internal Instructional Coaches, Lead Teachers and classroom teachers as well as conducting professional learning training sessions for educators. Services also include assistance with data collection and analysis, in depth book studies, Live Score training/modeling, PLC support with instructional resources that encourage effective differentiation, intervention strategies, formative and summative assessment, and in-depth understanding of the Common Core Standards, Mathematics Teaching Practices and the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practices.
Kimberly Snowball has earned her BA & Masters degree from Northern Kentucky University in Education with an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics. She has taught middle school mathematics where her focus grades were 8th grade and Algebra I for 13 years. Since 2001 Kimberly has been the PLC Lead, Team Leader, Building Better Brains Lead, Mathematics Consultant and is currently the Professional Learning Coach in the area of Mathematics K-12.
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dan
Thank you for visiting the Mathematics MS/HS page for information, resources and helpful links.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you. We have created the first Regional Middle School Math PLC. Registration is on our main webpage. I hope to see you at our next meeting. ________________________________________________________________________________________
Upcoming Training for MS Math Teachers
October 2 & 3 2018 – Register Here
KCM- Conference information:
Do You See and Engage Your Hidden Figures?
By Matt Larson, NCTM President
March 21, 2017
“The movie reminds me that as teachers of mathematics, we need to constantly keep Francis Su’s admonition in mind with respect to our students: “There is no good reason to tell a student she doesn’t belong in math [your class] … you see a snapshot of her progress, but you don’t see her trajectory. You can’t know how she will grow and flourish in the future. But you can help get her there.” It is our job as teachers of mathematics to help each and every one of our students “get there.” As several mathematics education researchers, including Robert Berry III, Rochelle Gutiérrez, and Anna Sfard, have stated, as teachers we are all identity builders.
For me one of the ways we can honor the pioneering work and contributions of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and the entire West Computing Group is to not let the lessons of their life story fade from our consciousness. I encourage each of you to reflect on and discuss the following in your collaborative teams:
- Do you see mathematical potential in all your students, no matter their race, gender, or socio-economic status?
- Do you help build in each and every one of your students a positive mathematics identity and a high sense of agency?
- Do you emphasize and honor creative problem solving in your classroom alongside procedural fluency and conceptual understanding?
- Are you working to dismantle structural obstacles in your school or district that might be denying certain students access to upper-level mathematics courses?
If we continually ask ourselves these questions and act on them, then we increase the likelihood we will find, encourage, and support the “hidden figures” in each of our classrooms.”
NCTM- Bringing Needed Coherence and Focus to High School Mathematics (read more)
The Teaching Channel – New Resource- Deep Dives–
Q & A With Erika Nielsen Andrew
What are Deep Dives?
As teachers, we know the top barriers to improving our craft are time and isolation. Every day our students present us with puzzles about how to best reach them, yet we’re lucky if our daily schedules allow us 10 minutes to figure out how. It’s this same time crunch that keeps us out of each others’ classrooms or having deep dialogues about the puzzles we face. Deep Dives were created with those 10-minute windows in mind, helping teachers by providing them with high quality, curated content related to key topics.
CBB LiveBinder Login to access the resources from the Conceptual Building Blocks MS Mathematics Modules
Tasks and Resources for Teachers (8 SMPs for Mathematical Practices) – Illustrative Mathematics
The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practices
Contact Kimberly Snowball
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What’s New in Kentucky Teacher –Below are the items featured in December’s edition of Kentucky Teacher.
- Professional Learning Opportunities in Mathematics
- Incorporating Math Practice Standards, by Brooke Powers
- Carroll County going “All in for Algebra,” by Carl Roberts
- Using PLCs to support the Mathematics Design Collaborative work.
- Number talks in the middle grades.
- Fall professional learning opportunities in mathematics.
- Math matters question of the month.