2014 EIU Math Conference


Session 1

8:30-9:30 a.m.


1. Designing Formative Assessments

Charleston/Mattoon Room

K–16 and Preservice Teachers 

Eric Bright, 
Charleston Middle School

Formative assessment is one of the top tools in our teaching arsenal when designed and used appropriately. In this talk, we’ll discuss the difference between formative and summative assessments, examine some formative assessment tools, and discuss how to track and use formative assessment data.

 2. Interdisciplinary Teaching: 
     Incorporating Math Knowledge and Skills into Multiple Content Areas

 Casey Room

 Grade Levels 3–5

 Lee Walk, 
Cumberland Middle School  

When am I ever going to use this? This is a common question heard in math classrooms everywhere. Interdisciplinary teaching involves uniting multiple content areas under an underlying theme or topic. This session will include activities and resources designed to incorporate math knowledge and skills into Science, Social Studies, and other subject areas.

3. MATH is More Than a Four-Letter Word...Makes All Things Happen

 Oakland Room

Grade Levels 3–8 

Michelle Schaal, 
St. Elmo District 2

Math occurs everywhere and in everything! Children are introduced to MATH concepts early and as with reading, they need supporting practice, vocabulary exposure and encouragement that will allow them to build on prior knowledge and making connections. Common Core asks these very things of students! Come and gather some MATH ideas that can be used in grades 3–8 to assist students with connections, applications and confidence in their Mathematical future.

4. Meaningful Grading: Moving Toward a Standards-Based System

Effingham Room 6–16 and Preservice Teachers  Amy Hopper, 
Knoxville Junior High
We will take a look at standards-based grading—what it is and how to integrate it into the classroom.

5. Common Core Statistics Standards—
     Where, When, How, and Why to Include Them in the High School Curriculum

 Paris Room

 9–16 and Preservice Teachers 

Clayton Roan,
Eastern Illinois University

Statistics Concepts are often overlooked or ignored in the high school curriculum. However, the common core has clear statistics standards for high school. This presentation will provide guidance for including these standards in the traditional algebra I, geometry, algebra II sequence, and discuss alternatives. Specific classroom activities aligned to the standards will be given, and there will be discussion on the importance of exposing students to statistics concepts before college.

6. Engaging Third Grade Students in the Mathematical Practices

 Sullivan Room

Grade Levels 3–5 

Marshall Lassak,
Eastern Illinois University

Using contextual examples and computational problems, engagement with the Common Core Mathematical Practices will be discussed. We will share samples of student thinking and work.