Group Sticks Task

Coach: Jennifer Leimberer

Location: District 68 – Skokie

Grade Band: 3–5

Elementary students collaborating on a group task. Check out these resources: Get it Together  or United we Solve by Erickson.

2022-08-29T08:22:43-05:00 August 29th, 2022|Blog|

MCMI 2022–23 PD: Register Now!

Registration is now open for our 2022–2023 school year offerings. Check out some of the highlights below.

Virtual Book Study: Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom by Pamela Seda & Kyndall Brown

Participants will meet on Mondays from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3. This event is FREE for all!

ISBE Professional Development hours will be available for those that attend all sessions.

K–8 Teacher PD Series

We are thrilled to offer this year’s Teacher PD series as seven 90-minute virtual sessions. Each session will be offered at four different times throughout the day to help districts stagger teacher participation and minimize the strain of finding substitute coverage*. 

*Some districts are just getting coverage for the 90 minutes the teachers attend. Others are choosing to get a sub and have the sub rotate around to give release time to different teachers at different times throughout the day. Finally, some are compensating teachers for attending the after-school time slot. It just depends on what works best for your school.

The Building Fact Fluency Institute is a brand-new offering for teachers and teacher leaders who want to focus on building and assessing students’ fact fluency in grades K–8. 

The Math Specialist Institute is another brand-new offering for interventionists or those supporting teachers with intervention choices. The Coaching Institute and Math Specialist Institutes are scheduled for the same day, so you could choose to spend the day working with and networking with others in similar roles. 

In addition to Administrator Academy sessions, district leaders can take advantage of our brand-new Instructional Leadership Institute. This five-part series is designed for all instructional leaders interested in learning more about what to “look-for” in powerful mathematics classrooms.

How to Register

Learn more about all our sessions at https://mcmi.uic.edu/mcmi-offerings/ or on our MCMI 2022–2023 School Year Offerings Guide. All session costs are listed on Eventbrite.

Registration links are listed below:

· Virtual Books Study: http://mcmivbs.eventbrite.com

· K–2 Sparking Joy Series: http://mcmik2.eventbrite.com

· 3–5 Sparking Joy Series: http://mcmi35.eventbrite.com

· 6–8 Sparking Joy Series: http://mcmi68.eventbrite.com

· Building Fact Fluency Series: http://mcmiBBF.eventbrite.com

· Math Specialist Institute: http://mcmiMSI.eventbrite.com

· Coaching Institute: http://mcmi-coaching.eventbrite.com

· *Simplified registration for those who wish to register for both the Coaching Institute and the Math Specialist Institute: 

Math/Coaching Combo: http://mcmi-MSI-CI.eventbrite.com

· Administrator Offerings: http://MCMIAdmin.eventbrite.com

Questions? Contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu).

2022-08-24T08:30:50-05:00 August 24th, 2022|MCMI PD|

 MCMI Virtual Book Study 1: Choosing to See

We invite you to join us for a Virtual Book Talk hosted by MCMI— September 12, 19, 26, and October 3. This book is available through Seda Education ConsultingAmazon, and Barnes & Nobles.

Join different ways

  1. Via Zoom from 4pm to 5pm

Register here: https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ 

  1. Follow the Metro Chicago Mathematics Initiative on Facebook 
  2. Follow @uic_mcmi on Twitter

#mcmi_pd #Choosing2See #iteachmath #mathteacher

Book Study Plan and Prompts: https://bit.ly/3c7AOa5

Questions? Contact your UIC coach or Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu). 

2022-08-23T08:28:33-05:00 August 23rd, 2022|Blog|

10 Resources for Beginning a New School Year

Coach: Annie Forest

How do you start your school year? These resources can help create a community of learners in your classroom!

1. 100 Numbers Task from Sara VanDerWerf to get students working together.

2. Another great idea from Sara VanDerWerf, Name Tents.

3. “Setting Up Positive Norms” from YouCubed.

4. Establishing Norms (adapted from Singleton & Linton’s Courageous Conversations model).

5. “Me in Numbers” activity from Annie Forest’s blog.

6. 30+ Activities for the First Week of School from Math Equals Love.

7. “Getting to Know Each Other” Activity Builder screens in Desmos.

8. The Four 4’s activity from YouCubed.

9. 2 weeks of K-1 routines from Margie Pearse: https://t.co/qcnHhM9r0a

10. Student Autobiography Google Slides from Howie Hua

We hope your school year gets off to a great start. Happy teaching!

2022-08-15T08:56:45-05:00 August 15th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 6

On June 13th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 12–15 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-06-07T08:42:45-05:00 June 7th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 5

On June 6th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 10–11 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-06-01T09:28:23-05:00 June 1st, 2022|Blog|

MCMI Summer Institute: Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the MCMI 2022 Virtual Summer Institute — Spark Joy in Your Mathematics Classroom.

Visit the Summer Institute Program for choice session information. Registration is available on Eventbrite: http://MCMISummerInstitute.eventbrite.com

Registration costs are contractually covered for schools or districts engaging in services with MCMI for the 2021–2022 or 2022–2023 school year, and available for a fee to all non-MCMI Participants. Please verify your MCMI status and ensure that you have district approval prior to registering.

Please contact Jean Sutow-Goldrich (sutow@uic.edu) with any questions.

We look forward to working with you this summer!

2022-05-23T11:53:34-05:00 May 23rd, 2022|Blog|

Variables and Patterns

Coach: Jennifer Leimebrer

District: Big Shoulders Fund (BSF) School

Grade band: 6th

Grade 6 students match stories, graphs, and tables as they explore relationships between variables. #CMP4 #mcmi_pd

2022-05-23T10:45:39-05:00 May 23rd, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 4

On May 23rd from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 7–9 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-05-17T08:50:19-05:00 May 17th, 2022|Blog|

Building Thinking Classrooms Spring Virtual Book Study Week 3

On May 16th from 4:00–5:00 pm CST we will be discussing Chapters 5–6 from Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning by Peter Liljedahl. Here is a link to the pacing guide and discussion prompts. 

Visit https://mcmi.uic.edu/virtual-book-studies/ for more information.

#mcmi_pd #buildingthinking #thinkingclassroom #mtbos #iteachmath

2022-05-11T10:45:41-05:00 May 11th, 2022|Blog|