Greetings from San Francisco, CA! I am writing from the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). I am joined by my colleagues Sandra Correia (Gr. 5), Jin Lee (Gr. 7), Nancy McCuen (Gr. 1), and Sachiyo Unger (Gr. 2) and thousands other mathematics educators from around the country and world. This week, we attended presentations from leading mathematics educators who shared current research findings on the teaching and learning of mathematics. We also gave a presentation of our own. Our talk, Productive Math Talk in K-2 Classrooms? Absolutely! focused on discourse-intensive mathematics instruction — a hot topic in mathematics education today.
Earlier in the week, Jin Lee and I attended the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM). We also spoke at this conference. Our talk, Coaching Teachers on the Use of Mathematical Talk, provided guidance to school leaders looking to implement the content-based instructional coaching that is a central component of Milton’s K-8 math renewal.
Our attendance at NCTM is a key example of our ongoing commitment to deliver a K-8 mathematics program that is informed by research. We are eager to share what we learned at NCTM with all of our colleagues. And we are grateful to work in a community that supports our professional growth.