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Saturday Core Standards Seminar with Alan Schoenfeld

Alan Schoenfeld, Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, will be speaking on issues relating to problem solving and the Common Core Math Standards on Saturday, February 23rd, at the Lawrence Hall of Science

Teaching for Mathematical Sense-Making in the Spirit of the Common Core

Part of what we love about mathematics is how beautifully it fits together. When you think about math in the right ways, the concepts and procedures we teach make sense and the formal mathematics brings it all together. From this perspective, the goal of teaching mathematically is to help students learn to think mathematically and see math as a sense-making enterprise. This is what the Mathematical Practices in the Common Core State Mathematics Standards are all about.

In this talk Dr. Schoenfeld will give some examples of how mathematics can be viewed as a form of sense-making—and what happens when it is not. He will discuss how the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessments will support the kinds of teaching we want to do in order to help students become better mathematical thinkers. Alan will discuss some lessons he and others have been building which help to focus on student thinking and build productively on it. He will also discuss a framework that is being developed for focusing on productive behaviors in mathematics classrooms.

All educators are welcome to attend FREE. There is NO PRE-REGISTRATION. Those attending will be admitted FREE to the Lawrence Hall of Science and after the Seminar are welcome to view the Hall of Science's many wonderful science and math exhibits.

Parking is ample—though there is a cost per hour for parking. Carpooling is recommended.

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  • Lincoln

    The slides are also posted now on this site in the files section :

    February 27, 2013

  • Paul Giganti, J.

    Anyone who would like the PowerPoint Presentation from Dr. Alan Schoenfeld's CCSSM presentation at the Lawrence Hall of Science on February 23rd, can download it at:

    February 26, 2013

  • Paul Giganti, J.

    It is not our speaker’s or our organization’s intent to defame administrators’ role in the implementation of the new Core Standards. We all know that the success of the CCSSM in schools and districts depends on EVERYONE working together—teachers and administrators. School and district administrators are our education leaders; without their efforts, the best we can hope for is a classroom-by-classroom implementation of the new standards. Together we can succeed in a systemic change.

    If you know of other administrators than would benefit from our ACME Common Core Saturday Seminars, please send me their email address and I will make sure they receive an announcement of our future CCSSM events.

    February 25, 2013

    • Sheila M. Hansen, E.

      I cannot just send you a list of emails. I can forward your information about future meetings. I would hope you would have a conversation with your presenters about the importance of collaboration with administration to support optimal teaching practices within the classroom.

      February 26, 2013

  • Sheila M. Hansen, E.

    I appreciated Alan's presentation. As an administrator in the audience, it was a bit painful to have him view us as the enemy. Be assured there are administrators out there that are instructional leaders who want to support teachers in best practices in teaching and learning mathematics. Better to view us as collaborators.

    February 24, 2013

  • Robert ("Bob") C.

    An excellent presentation by Alan Schoenfeld. Organizers: thank you very much for making this possible.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Will

    I am interested in following the groups progress. I would be interested in a report of how the event went and any way I can be involved via internet.

    February 4, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Thank you!

    January 31, 2013

  • Sheila M. Hansen, E.

    Can any handouts be sent electronically?

    1 · January 18, 2013

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