Reminder: ROE 41 Presents “Camp Invention 2015” for First Through Sixth Graders (June 15-19, 2015)

Camp Invention is an experience unlike any other summer enrichment program for first through sixth graders. At Camp Invention, children question everything and realize they’re capable of anything. Creative challenges bring critical concepts to life each day at Camp Invention. Our programs are led by qualified educators who are dedicated to motivating each child. No other camp has the support of organizations so committed to the spirit of invention.

Please help spread the word about this exciting Summer camp to be held in Troy, IL at the Center for Educational Opportunities school. (map)

Follow the Camp Invention Blog HERE.

Scholarships Available!

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the Center for Educational Opportunities (CEO) will be offering scholarships in the form of rebates to attendees of the 2015 Camp Invention. The funds the sponsors donate will be equally divided among camp participants and distributed at Camp Invention’s conclusion.

Click HERE to register and for great information (and video) about our upcoming camp.
(The date of our camp is June 15-19, 2015.)

If you would like to be a local sponsor for this great camp, click HERE.

To download a brochure for Camp Invention, click HERE.

The ROE41 web page about Camp Invention 2015 is HERE.

Project Learning Tree Workshop Registration (K-8) Registration Now Open Online

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning multi-disciplinary science-focused program designed for teachers and other educators working with youth from K-8. Through in-servicing opportunities, educators learn how to utilize the ninety-six multi-disciplinary activities within the award winning Guide to meet personal classroom goals. Each participant will receive a free copy of the guide ($20 value).

This training series will focus on English Language Arts and Math-focused science integrated lessons to help bring Common Core Standards and STEM applications to the existing curriculum. Each activity is filled with opportunities to build critical thinking skills, incorporate technology, and use differentiated instruction.

Hours of Earned Credit : 14 (includes 4 hours of credit for lesson implementation to be completed between workshop sessions)

Presenter: Marvin Warner

Please note: This is a 2 day workshop. You must attend both workshops to earn your credit for lesson development. The dates are October 21st and November 18th.  As a convenience, you can register for both dates with a single online registration HERE.

Cost: Free

Thanks and we hope to see you at the workshop!

New Workshops Added: “Fractions – The Whole Story” for either 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grades

During each of these three workshops teachers will learn about the content related to either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade fraction standard as well as experience aligned activities they can use with their students.

3rd Grade Workshop: One of the major focuses of third grade is fractions – specifically understanding unit fractions, notations, the size of each fraction and comparing fractions. During this workshop teachers will learn about the content related to each 3rd grade fraction standard as well as experience aligned activities they can use with their 3rd grade students. These activities will provide students with much needed practice and a deep understanding of fractions. Each teacher will receive a copy of Marilyn Burns’ book Lessons for Introducing Fractions.

Tuesday, October 14th
9:00am – 3:00pm
Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL
Click HERE for the 3rd grade workshop registration form.

4th Grade Workshop: One of the major focuses of fourth grade is fractions – specifically adding and subtracting fractions. During this workshop teachers will learn about the content related to each 4th grade fraction standard as well as experience aligned activities they can use with their 4th grade students. These activities will provide students with much needed practice and a deep understanding of fractions. Each teacher will receive a copy of Marilyn Burns’ book Lessons for Extending Fractions.

Wednesday, October 15th
9:00am – 3:00pm
Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL
Click HERE for the 4th grade workshop registration form.

5th Grade Workshop: One of the major focuses of fifth grade is fractions – specifically adding and subtracting fractions as well as multiplying and dividing fractions. During this workshop teachers will learn about the content related to each 5th grade fraction standard as well as experience aligned activities they can use with their 5th grade students. These activities will provide students with much needed practice and a deep understanding of fractions. Each teacher will receive a copy of Marilyn Burns’ book Lessons for Multiplying and dividing Fractions.

Thursday, October 16th
9:00am – 3:00pm
Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL
Click HERE for the 5th grade workshop registration form.

Cost: Madison County PD Co-op members: No Fee
All others: $50 (lunch is on your own)

If you have further questions, please contact Anna Dyson via email HERE or call 618-296-6444.

Please share this post and we hope to see you there!

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference & Expositions

Great Math at Your Doorstep

2014 Locations and Dates:

Indianapolis • October 29–31

Richmond • November 12–14

Houston • November 19–21

200+ Presentations and Dynamic Exhibits

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, administrator, new teacher, or math coach, there’s something for everyone at the NCTM Regional Conferences.

  • Explore standards-based instruction and best practices for implementing the Common Core State Standards and other college- and career-ready standards;
  • Learn the most effective teaching practices to support students’ learning, along with the supports required to implement them, as described in NCTM’s new publication, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All;
  • Discover ways to include 21st-century learning in the math classroom;
  • Examine new and effective differentiated instruction methods; and
  • Refine your assessment techniques.

Register early and save $80! Visit the Indianapolis, Richmond, or Houston  NCTM Regional Conference page for complete information on programs, housing and registration.

New Administrator Academy Course: “What Every Administrator Should Know about Common Core Shifts”

This course will provide increased understanding of the Common Core State Standards and the instructional strategies for implementation. Participants will learn the 9 key shifts in English Language Arts and 3 key shifts in Mathematics. Participants will learn how to use kits developed by ISBE for professional development in their buildings. Participants will learn how to use the Equip Rubric for evaluating the quality of instructional products aligned to CCSS. Participants will learn and plan specific strategies to strengthen continuous school improvement efforts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL

Click HERE for the course form.

Just Added To The Workshops Schedule: Computational Fluency (K-5)

The Math Common Core calls for students to be fluent in computation including being able to do multi-digit computation mentally. That is the focus of this workshop. One major shift in the Common Core standards for Math is the emphasis on strategies and properties rather than algorithms. Participants will learn the difference between strategies and algorithms and how to give students a deep understanding of strategies and how to use them. Teachers will learn about the progression of operations in the standards, tools to use (number lines, ten frames, 100 charts, arrays, rekenreks, etc.), and ways to represent student thinking during number talks. Teachers will also practice a wide variety of strategies themselves and then watch short videos of students using these same strategies.

Click HERE to visit our Workshops page for this and other upcoming workshops (and their “downloadable” pdf flyers.)

TeachThought: 25 Math Apps Parents Can Give to Their Kids From edshelf

For many of you, school is out and summer is here. Yah!

But that also means summer learning loss. Boo.

According to Dr. Ruth Peters, “students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.” Yikes. And “all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.”

To prevent that from happening, Glenda Stewart-Smith of Surrey School District #36 in Canada put together this collection of iPhone and iPad apps to cover all kinds of mathematical concepts in fun and engaging ways. It’s perfect for going on the road and keeping your little ones busy and learning.

If you are an educator, pass these along to your students’ parents. If you are a parent, check these apps out.

What apps would you recommend to parents?

Check out the apps >>