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Frostburg State University
39th Annual Mathematics Symposium
April 20, 2012

Program Schedule



Coffee, Juice, Bagels, and Muffins

Location: Lane Center Second Floor, Atkinson Room



Opening Remarks

Dr. Stephen Simpson
Provost/Academic Vice-President, Frostburg State University


Location: Lane Center Second Floor, Atkinson Room



Session 1

Insights into the PARCC Assessments

Linda Kaniecki

This session will highlight some of the key elements of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments in mathematics.  Participants will learn how evidence-centered design will be used in the PARCC assessment system for mathematics, the assessment claims in mathematics that are foundation for an assessment system that meets the challenge of assessing the rich construct of the mathematics defined by the Common Core State Standards, and innovative characteristics in mathematical tasks for the assessment.  In addition, participants will discuss math tasks that require students to show conceptual understanding of a concept.

Location: Atkinson Room | Focus: Grades 3—12

Session 2

Eat Your Math Homework:  Engaging Children with Innovative Math Lessons

Ann McCallum

Feed your brain and your stomach as participants engage in a hands-on demonstration of various innovative math lesson ideas.  Learn how food and fun can provide a crucial bridge to conceptual understanding of key topics in math.  The session will also include a close look at math literature for children.

Location: Library 237 | Focus: Grades 1—5

Session 3

Strengthening Your Mathematics Instruction with Cooperative Learning

Patricia Baltzley

Don’t confuse GEDDINAGRUPE with COOPERATIVE LEARNING.  Learn how to use cooperative learning strategies to strengthen instruction in our mathematics classrooms.  It is still a great instructional strategy!

Location: Lane Center 111 | Focus: Grades 6—12  



Session 1

How Student Work Leads to Algebra Success!

Edward Nolan

This session will look at engaging student activities that offer multiple access points for students.  We will investigate how student work leads to an interpretation of their reasoning skills.  This discussion will lead to consideration of the type of instruction that will be best suited for that particular learner.

Location: Atkinson Room | Focus: Grades 8—11

Session 2

Modular Origami 101

Marc Michael

This will be a hands-on seminar where participants will work together to explore modular constructions using three different types of origami units

Location: Library 237 | Focus: General Interest

Session 3

Stop – Don’t Use That Calculator

Paul Sielski

Yes, you can actually do mathematical operations in your head that you never dreamed possible.  Learn how to:  square any number from 11 to 99, multiply any 2-digit by any 1-digit number, add fractions without using the traditional LCD method, and more.  You will truly be amazed that you can actually do many mathematical operations without the aid of a calculator.

Location: Lane Center 111 | Focus: General Interest



Session 1

Presuming Competence in the Mathematics Classroom

Jennifer Novak and Joyce Agness

Presumed Competence is a set of seven tenets that ensure that high expectations are set and maintained for all students.  In this session, a secondary mathematics resource teacher and a middle school special education instructional facilitator will explore the impact of these tenets in the mathematics classroom.

Location: Atkinson Room | Focus: K—12

Session 2

Using SMART Tools, Hands-on Activities and Connections to Maximize Student Learning

Jennifer Rankin

Research has given insights into how the brain takes in and retains information.  Targeting multiple learning styles and modalities and utilizing a multi-faceted lesson structure has the potential to propel student understanding far beyond the traditional lecture format.

This session will give ideas for using simple materials, technology, content integration, and a variety of activities for teaching mathematical concepts.  The focus of this session is on interaction with technology, materials, and people.

Location: Library 237 | Focus: Elementary/Middle School

Session 3

Assessing Probability and Data Analysis

Lance Revennaugh

The focus of this session is on assessing students’ ability to apply probability and statistical methods for representing and interpreting data and communicating results.

There will plenty of examples and handouts.

Location: Lane Center 111 | Focus: Grades 7—10


12:00 Lunch            

By Reservation - Lane Center, First Floor



Featured Address by Patrick Vennebush

Using Online Resources to Promote Reasoning and Sense Making

The free online resources available from the NCTM Illuminations project
( stimulate mathematical play.  Activities like Paper Pool encourage students to search for uncommon algebraic patterns, the Decimal Maze promotes understanding of number and operations, and the Mean and Median tool supports exploration of data concepts.  Experience myriad resources from Illuminations, and then discuss how they can be used to promote reasoning and sense making in your classroom.

As the Online Projects Manager at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Patrick Vennebush is responsible for the development of the free lessons and activities that appear on Illuminations (  Formerly a middle grades teacher, for the last decade Patrick has provided professional development as an Associate Director at PBS TeacherLine and as a developer at ETS.  He currently serves on the MathCounts Question Writing Committee and was a past editor of the “Media Clips” column in the Mathematics Teacher journal.  Patrick is the author of Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, and he now muses and amuses on his blog at