Math teachers glimpse new standards

Conference offers instructors a preview of newly produced curriculum materials that align with the Common Core.

A South Portland High School math teacher described his class’ experience building a boat to drive home math lessons.

A Lisbon Community School teacher discussed how she uses picture books with her young students to help them visualize mathematical concepts.

And two Rockland teachers demonstrated how they use interactive SMART boards to accommodate special education students’ classroom needs.

The Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine’s annual spring conference on March 25 featured a variety of tips for math teachers and administrators on increasing the amount of math they teach their students and making that math more challenging.

Some 167 math teachers and school administrators turned out for the association’s annual gathering.

All participants heard an update about implementing the Common Core State Standards before moving onto their age- and subject-specific sessions.

“Having participants complain that they had to leave really says it was a worthwhile event,” said Michele Mailhot, the Maine Department of Education’s mathematics specialist.

The conference — which took place at the University of Maine at Augusta — also featured exhibitions from a number of textbook and curriculum publishers.

Those who attended took advantage of the opportunity to see some of the new teaching materials being produced to align with the Common Core standards, Mailhot said.

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