Voluntary Committee of Teachers Meets to Discuss Math and Students


Click here to view the presentation that the math department gave at the January 9 Special Board of Education Meeting.

A team of mathematics teachers, under the guidance of Tara Mauer, Director of Mathematics K-12, and Diane Provvido, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, came together to meet regularly over several years for "vertical articulation."  Teachers frequently collaborate with their peers at the same grade level. Vertical articulation affords an opportunity for teachers to also connect with colleagues at higher and lower grade levels. These connections help smooth the way for students as they ascend through the grades. The report describes their efforts.

"I'm so proud of the work of our vertical articulation team," said Ms. Provvido, "as well as our Mathematical Mindset book talks and the impact of those talks."  According to Ms. Provvido, the book, written by Jo Boeler:

-Explains how the brain processes mathematics learning
-Reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
-Provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
-Explains ways to give students a positive math mindset 

During their presentation to the Board of Education, Ms. Mauer, Ms. Provvido and the vertical articulation team emphasized the following quote from Ms. Boeler's book:  "No one is born knowing math and no one is born lacking the ability to learn math."

The committee was made up of the following teachers:

# 3 - Michael Palermo
# 8 - Nicole Cleary
# 9E - Karen Hannon
OMS - Jenna Hoelzer
OMS - Allison Kryder
OHS - Sherryl Garry
OHS - Michelle Rinaldi

students doing math