Recent News





Doana Marcellus, Carrie Ferrin, and Nancy Anderson attended the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) in WashingtonDC in April 2018. This conference provides professional learning opportunities for mathematics teacher leaders from across the country. In addition to attending the conference, Nancy and Doana gave a presentation entitled, “How to Talk Math So Students Learn.” Their session, which attracted over 70 attendees, focused on the use of discourse as a pedagogy in math class.  Nancy and Doana discussed their collaborative work facilitating discussions in their Milton math classes and Doana shared a video clip from her fifth grade math class.


 

 

A fifth strong showing for our math team — Justin C., Hailey C., Soraya D., Tommy H., Omar H., Ava M., Andrew M., Neha M., Karol Q., Jonah R., Fred S., Sachin S., Katherine S., Riya S., Sam S. and Matthew Y.  — at Edwards Middle School in Charlestown on April 5, 2018. Our team placed 2nd; Justin received the award for highest 6th grade score and Tommy received the award for highest 7th grade score.  What a fantastic way to end the year!


 

 

Congratulations to all of the students –Hailey C., Soraya D., Omar H., Ava M., Andrew M., James M., Neha M. Ann O., Karol Q., Jonah R., Jadier S., Sachin S., Katherine S., Riya S., Sam S., Zachary S., and Vijay T — who participated in the Math League meet on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Pierce Middle School. Our team placed 2nd and Hailey received the award for highest 6th grade score.


 

On February 22 and 23rd, 2018, Doana Marcellus, Carrie Ferrin, Jin Lee and Nancy Anderson are attending the Annual Users’ Conference for Connected Math 3 (CMP3) on the campus of Michigan State University. The conference provides classroom practitioners with thought-provoking and insightful conversations about mathematics teaching, learning, and assessing for CMP3 classes.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Milton math faculty have attended the conference.  This year, Nancy Anderson collaborated with Susan Friel, lead author of CMP3, to facilitate a session on the use of discussion in a CMP3 math class. At this session, Nancy and Susan discussed the questioning strategies from Nancy’s book, Talk Moves, and showed these strategies in action using video footage from a Milton math class.


 

Math Team Success—Our math team hosted five schools in an Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts meet for the first time on Thursday, and placed second as a team! Grade 6 student Hailey was recognized as the top scorer among all the sixth-graders competing. Read more about the meet, and our hard-working math team, here.


 

Congratulations to the Middle School Math Team — Abby B., William C., Brendan H., Thomas H., Ava M., Neha M., Karol Q., Sachin S., Katherine S., and Riya S. — for competing in our 2nd math meet yesterday at Boston Green Academy in Brighton, MA.  Our team placed 2nd!  The team looks forward to hosting the next meet on Thursday, January 11, 2018.


 

Congratulations to the Middle School Math Team — Abby B., William C., Hailey C., Thomas H., Zander K., Ava M., Neha M., Karol Q., Sachin S., Katherine S., Caden S., Riya S., and Matthew Y. — for competing in their first math meet yesterday at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, MA.  Our team placed 3rd and Hailey received the award for highest 6th grade score.  The team looks forward to their next meet in November at Boston Green Academy in Boston.


 

Congratulations to Nancy Anderson, K-8 Math Coordinator, on the publication of her latest book, What’s Right About Wrong Answers: Learning from Math Mistakes. This professional development resource aims to help teachers harness the power of error analysis as a learning tool for students.


Milton Academy was well represented at two major math conferences in San Antonio, TX in April.  Lower School and Middle School faculty were also honored to participate in the program as speakers. Nancy Anderson presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).  She also co-facilitated a talk with Sandra Correia at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  Their talk, “What a Great Mistake!” focused on the use of mistakes as an instructional tool in math class.


Congratulations to the Middle School Math Team – Brian, Colin, Cece, Joseph, Karol, Lauren, Matthew, Nate, Tommy, Sachin, Wilder, and Zach – for a successful showing at the Math League meet that was held on March 2nd in Sharon, MA. Ourteam placed 3rd!


Congratulations to the Middle School Math Team – Ab, Abby, Brian, Colin, Karol, Katherine, Lauren, Matthew, Nate, Tommy, Sachin, Wilder, and Zach – for another successful showing at last week’s Math League meet at Pierce Middle School in Milton.  Special congratulations to Tommy Hong for earning the highest 6th grade score… for the 2nd meet in a row! And many thanks to our team co-captains, Colin and Wilder, for their leadership.


The grade 7 students hosted a winter carnival in December as part of the capstone project for their probability unit. To prepare for the carnival, students designed games of chance using probability concepts they learned during the unit. Students calculated the probability of winning their game as well as the expected value or average winnings for a player. At the carnival, students had the chance to host their own game and enjoy the games created by their peers.


The Middle School Math Team – Brian, Colin, Karol, Katherine, Lauren, Matthew, Nate, Tommy, Sachin, Wilder, and Zach –  had another successful showing at their most recent Math League meet in Franklin, Massachusetts.  Our team placed 3rd out of 9 teams!  A special congratulations to Tommy Hong for earning the highest 6th grade score!  And many thanks to our team co-captains, Colin Baker and Wilder Crosier, for their leadership.


In November, Nancy Anderson gave the keynote address at the fall conference of the Wisconsin Mathematics Council. Her talk, “Talk Moves: Tools for Building Proficient Math Learners” focused on her own research on discourse-intensive instruction as well as strategies that Milton math teachers use to facilitate productive math discussions.


Congratulations to the ten Middle School Students who participated in the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts meet on October at Qualters Middle School in Mansfield, MA.  The team members – Colin Baker, Abigail Buonato, Wilder Crosier, Brian Hegarty, Thomas Hong, Zachary Pool, Karol Querido, Sachin Shetty, Katherine Shih, and Lauren Walker – answered challenging questions about arithmetic, number theory, geometry, and algebra.


Congratulations to Mrs. Correia for her acceptance to the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching (MAMT) program at Mt. Holyoke College and for receiving the Emerging Teacher Leader Scholarship! We are excited for Mrs. Correia to share what she learns in her program with all of her colleagues here at Milton.


Congratulations to all of our Middle School students who participated in Math Olympiads this year! Twenty students completed the set of five contests throughout the school year. Students should be proud of their commitment, hard work, and persistence.


In May, Nancy Anderson, Nancy McCuen, Jerrie Moffett, and Sachiyo Unger gave a talk on discussion in math class at the 2016 symposium of the Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators (MassMATE) held at Bridgewater State University.


In April, Nancy Anderson, Nancy McCuen, and Sachiyo Unger gave talk entitled, “Productive Math Talk in K-2 Classrooms? Absolutely!” at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts (NCTM) in San Francisco, CA.


In April, Nancy Anderson and Jin Lee gave a talk entitled, “Coaching Teachers on the Use of Mathematical Talk,” at the annual meeting of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Massachusetts (NCTM) in Oakland, CA.


Congratulations to all of our Middle School students who participated in the MathCounts regional chapter competition on January 30, 2016! Our team members — Evita Thadhani, Colin Baker, Charles Sloane, Avery Miller, Miranda Paiz, Zachary Pool, Wilder Crosier, Anna Hamblet, Walker Harris, and Katherine Shih — represented Milton Academy well.