As some of you may know, every year Zeno sends a few lucky teachers to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting. For our partner teachers, this is a professional development opportunity of a lifetime. This year’s conference was held in New Orleans and what an exciting few days it’s been!

The presentations were chalk full of both inspirational and practical information. Here a just a fraction of the take-aways Zeno teachers will be bringing back to their classrooms as well as sharing with their peers:

  • Have show and tell every day—show me your work and then tell me why
  • Use literature to teach math concepts and spark rich math talk
  • Create a Word Wall full of visual representations of math  vocabulary
  • Math is not a universal language for ELL learners
  • Teach students to use reading strategies when approaching math word problems
  • We process visual information 60,000 times faster than verbal information
  • Encouraging our students to have a growth mindset is key to their perseverance
  • New ways to motivate students to critique others’ math thinking
  • How to ask the right questions to check for understanding

Cheers to all the teachers who are bringing Math Power back to their schools. It’s an honor for us to be able to offer this opportunity to our community. We look forward to seeing how their experience will impact classrooms of students for years to come!

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