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Friday, October 19
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Enjoy a free fresh hot breakfast.

Friday October 19, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Jubilee A - Radisson

8:30am

9:00am

Unlocked: Transforming Mathematical Relationships for Teachers and Students with Mindset Mathematics
In the keynote session Jo will share recent and important research on the brain and mathematics learning that has profound implications for students' mathematics achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom - Delta

10:30am

2MartianTeachers: A Story of Collaboration
After years of sharing resources and ideas we finally found a way to collaborate across our respective school districts. Thanks to a grant from Devon Energy, we were able to purchase Mars regolith (simulant soil) to spearhead a project surrounding the idea of human colonization of the Red Planet. Applying a Mars focus throughout our respective grades (7 and 9) has been an adventure for us as we are both passionate about all things science - especially space! We will share how we leveraged both funding opportunities and various resources, such as Tomatosphere and Martian Garden, to create unifying themes that we could focus on in various subjects including science and math. In grade 7 a Mars theme was woven throughout every science unit focusing on plant growth, habitat construction and radiation projects, as well as graphing and data analysis in Math. In grade 9, all science units were utilized in conjunction with math (surface area, volume and scale factor), and social studies to plan a human colony on Mars. By sharing our journey we hope to inspire others to collaborate beyond the four walls of their own schools and challenge secondary educators to find unifying themes to create authentic learning experiences for their entire year.



Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jubilee A - Radisson

10:30am

Design Thinking: Highlighting Math and Science in a Cross-curricular Exploration
Through rich and meaningful mathematical tasks, grade 2 students advocated with community organizations to affect change in a relevant way. Curricular concepts from numeracy, literacy, social studies, science, art and technology were integrated to address a local issue: ‘Does the neighbourhood need a new swimming pool, and how can we help?’. This session will highlight how effective practices
were used to engage students in three main tasks. Students sorted, classified and identified shapes in swimming pools. Data was investigated and gathered about favourite pool features which informed pool designs. Measurement was employed to gather information about pool size and shape. Finally, students transferred and applied new knowledge to the design and construction of their own model pools. Grade 2 science curriculum and understanding was integrated throughout this project while exploring scientific method. Students learned to define what they wanted and needed to know through increasingly sophisticated questions. Their unique reflections helped design the tasks as they collaborated to answer and evaluate this problem. This 3-part session will share their story of professional learning with examples of student work and thinking that emerged. The pedagogy of design thinking will be explored with demonstrations of how technology enhanced, supported and shifted teaching practice. Evidence of  effective practices that allow for multiple entry points to learning will be displayed.


Speakers
avatar for Jay Bright

Jay Bright

Teacher
Like many others, my experience with math began as a child. I often struggled in math and received mediocre grades throughout my early education. That being said, I always enjoyed that math had an answer based on fact and not opinion. Although it took me a long time to make sense... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Thomson

Amanda Thomson

Kindergarten


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Calgary - Delta

10:30am

Through a Lens of Indigenous Perspectives: Equity in Mathematics and Science Teaching
While there are numerous perspectives situated in languages and origin stories, among Indigenous communities around the world and in North America, there are threads of commonality. I will introduce you to some of the threads that I’ve come to learn from my Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Holders, and teachers. I will then invite you to imagine the ways in which the threads might inform the recurring equity issues in mathematics education. Perhaps we need to ‘look’ and ‘see’ differently and be informed by perspectives that are situated in teachings of relationships, balance, and commonalities in order to imagine a new way to think about equity. These perspectives, and our subsequent actions as teachers, leaders, and educators, will help us to collectively achieve the goals of a high quality mathematics and science education for ALL youth.

Speakers
avatar for Florence Glanfield

Florence Glanfield

Professor, University of Alberta


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jasper - Delta

10:30am

Early Numeracy in the Play Based Classroom
Join us for an interactive session outlining early numeracy skills based on the mathematical strands: measurement, data analysis & chance, geometry & spatial thinking, patterns, number, sorting & classification. This session will present how to incorporate numeracy in the rhythms of the day, tried and true lesson plans, learning stories, provocations and activities from an Edmonton Catholic 100 Voices classroom. We aim to assist you in helping children of all ability levels in your class build numeracy skills in a fun and engaging way as well as change your practice to become more meaningful and intentional with numeracy in your  classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Swinkels

Amy Swinkels

Early Learning Consultant, Edmonton Catholic Schools



Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Terrace 2 - Radisson

10:30am

Home Is Where the Heart Is
Can you design a home and convince local home builders to build it for members of the community who cannot afford a home of their own?

Students learn about local homeless situations and then design and build a home to combat the situation that many of their community members face everyday. Local community stakeholder groups (city council, home builders, and members of the local community) will have input and guidance for the students as they plan, design, draw and build their prototype home.

This project includes elements of measurement, angles, ratios & scale drawings, 2-D and 3-D shapes, area & perimeter. The students will partake in a design challenge that incorporates a real-world problem for them to solve around a local controversial issue. Students will have to collaborate together to design a home that city council, community stakeholders and local builders select to assist with local homeless concerns.


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Palm - Radisson

10:30am

Manipulatives in the Math -1 and -2 Stream
Do you have students who follow rules and procedures in math class but demonstrate little understanding and struggle making connections between ideas? Manipulatives allow students to conceptualize and visualize the mathematics behind algorithms. During this session, we will explore outcomes in high school math using algebra tiles, unifix cubes, cuisenaire rods, etc. for topics such as Pascal's Triangle, multiplying and dividing polynomials, completing the square, and more. Come ready to engage in hands-on learning
and make connections to abstract concepts..


Speakers
avatar for Sandi Berg

Sandi Berg

I am a math FANatic who loves helping people find their math brain! I strongly believe that everyone has the ability to learn math to high levels and love to explore mathematical ideas and share resources with others.


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Edmonds - Radisson

10:30am

Weapons of Math Instruction...APPSolutely!!
Participants will have a chance to explore 12 amazing strategies and tools to use technology to elevate teaching and learning with math.
There will be a strong focus on student-centered practices that allow us to support the process of  mathematical thinking.
- Comments and Conversations
- Screen Capture the Process
- Google Search and Assistive Tech
- Making Math Manipulatives
- Start with a Picture
- Choose your own adventure with Hyperdocs
- Google Forms for Assessment
- Show me you know
- Show Three Ways
- Do the Math Wrong
- Interactive Instructions


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Edmonton - Delta

10:30am

Announcing 'Energy Revealed': Energy efficiency education and climate action!
The session will showcase the use of technology to "make energy visible" using real school data. Learn how to use the data to help students make informed decisions about energy use in their own school. We'll showcase lesson plans to help students understand energy, become energy analysts and managers, and create and deliver on action plans to reduce your schools' greenhouse gas emissions, carbon taxes, and utility bills. Please bring a laptop/tablet to utilize the data.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Senior Education Advisor and joined ACEE in 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools, leads our capacity building for environment and energy education, and creates and delivers many of our education... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Top of the Inn - Delta

10:30am

DIY electricity for science 9 make life easy and students engaged in this project based activity
Building and test cardboard houses for the electricity unit and test all the key points to establish ohms law. DIY sources of parts to keep life simple. Fun and easy to master in this proven project based activity.


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Fort McMurray - Delta

10:30am

Integrating Indigenous Perspectives in STEM
Actua’s Indigenous Youth in STEM Program (InSTEM) is a customized, community-based approach to engaging First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth in locally and culturally relevant STEM education. Over the past twenty years, we have worked closely with hundreds of Indigenous communities and tens of thousands of Indigenous youth. Actua has also developed strong connections with thought leaders in Indigenous education and national organizations like Indspire, the Aboriginal Human Resource Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and others. As a result, our model of Indigenous outreach is based on current thinking and successful practices in Indigenous youth engagement in STEM. This session will support participants with adapting InSTEM’s activities for the classroom and identifying opportunities for land-based learning that connect students to their surrounding community. 

NOTE: This session is intended for all grades/ages (Div 1-4).

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Quarrington

Caitlin Quarrington

Manager of Education, Actua
As an educator, researcher and lifelong learner, Caitlin's passion is on inspiring and engaging youth in the world around them. She is the Manager of Education for the national non-profit organization Actua, where she works directly with teachers across Canada to foster innovation... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jubilee C - Radisson

10:30am

The Science-X4 Classroom
This session will offer activities that can be used in the science 14 and 24 classroom. It will also offer suggestions on how to incorporate activities in the K&E classroom. Round tables are requested for trying out the activities. Some lesson include making coolers and portable showers, what pan is the best to bake with, what are curds and whey, making soap, stain removal lab, and making soil layers using food.


Speakers
avatar for Danika Richard

Danika Richard

High School Teacher, NLPS
High School Teacher at Ecole Plamondon School.



Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Terrace 3 - Radisson

10:30am

Thoughts and Discussions on an Ever-changing Classroom
This will be a facilitated discussion on changes in science/math education in the last 5 years. I will start with some of the changes I have seen since the introduction of High School Redesign and the competencies introduced in the Ministerial Order. Next, I would share my thoughts on what I have seen so far in the Curriculum change. I will then open up the floor for general discussions.
Items of discussion could include:
- use of formative assessment
- outcome-based assessment
- report cards
- pons and cons of technology/Social media in the classroom
- political changes
- ELL/International students
- literacy/numeracy


Speakers
avatar for Leon Lau

Leon Lau

Acting past president, ATA Science Council


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Gallery 1 - Radisson

10:30am

WHMIS2015: GHS What I really need to know before December 1, 2018.
We are here to help YOU with your transition into the December 1 deadline of WHMIS2015: GHS implementation. Let Lori Bolander and Don Fay take away your fears and make it simple for you. Participants will be provided with a completion certificate for WHMIS2015 and ample resources to transition from the existing labeling and storage codes to the new version. FREE RESOURCES TO ALL
PARTICIPANTS We want to make sure you know the laws and the best practices in science education. A must-attend session for science department heads, lab technicians and teachers who need to know about science safety.



Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Crystal - Delta

10:30am

Teaching Mindset Mathematics Through Open, Creative Mathematics and Brain Science Messages. - Double Session
We are in the midst of a revolution, in the science of the brain and learning. New knowledge from brain science is showing a clear path for mathematics learning, that is both exciting and inspiring for teachers. In recent years scientific studies have also demonstrated that student and teacher 'mindsets' have a profound impact on learning. So what does mathematics teaching look like when it takes account of brain science and mindset research? It is open, creative, visual and it encourages brain connections through multi-modal representations of knowledge. In this session we will think about ways to teach mindset mathematics, K-16, and look at videos of students who have learned in these ways. We will consider what mathematics can be and look like when it is open, creative and beautiful.

Speakers
avatar for Jo Boaler

Jo Boaler

Dr Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the faculty director of youcubed. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 10:30am - 1:45pm
Ballroom - Delta

11:45am

Lunch
Come enjoy a free hot lunch

Friday October 19, 2018 11:45am - 12:30pm
Ballroom - Delta

12:45pm

Tech Play: Coding Tools of the Trade
Whether you’re a coder or not, digital skills are for everyone. In this session, explore hands-on fun with tech tools like Makey Makey, Ozobot, Sphero and micro:bit, and learn how a strong foundation in digital skills fosters creative problem-solving and innovation. Tech tools don’t just teach coding, they make STEM curriculum come alive for students. This session is designed for teachers who have little to no experience with tech tools or coding, to help build their confidence to instruct students in digital skills and coding, but will also support educators looking to build their repertoire of coding activities for the classroom. Participants will be provided with lesson ideas and activities they can implement in the classroom, many of which only require Internet access. Actua’s Codemakers program is delivered through a national network at universities and colleges, and helps build a strong future of students confident in their coding and digital skills.

NOTE: This session is intended for Div 1-3. Devices will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Quarrington

Caitlin Quarrington

Manager of Education, Actua
As an educator, researcher and lifelong learner, Caitlin's passion is on inspiring and engaging youth in the world around them. She is the Manager of Education for the national non-profit organization Actua, where she works directly with teachers across Canada to foster innovation... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Jubilee C - Radisson

12:45pm

Using Reasoning to Integrate Math and Science Teaching
Have you been looking for ways to integrate your math and science classes in authentic problem solving contexts? By doing so, you may need to spend less time prepping, and have more student engagement and learning! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), is an ever-increasing focus in schools. Many times these subjects are taught independently, both to students and to pre-service teachers. We will explore what intersections may exist when students are engaged in reasoning in both mathematics and
science activities. Our aim is to better understand how the reasoning processes and strategies in these two fields may be more related than what is commonly thought. In our session, we will try a STEM activity combining measurement (math) and force & motion (science) to examine our own reasoning. You’ll be able to use the activity in your middle years classrooms, and learn how to identify students’ reasoning as they learn. We believe this to be a powerful connection that would benefit elementary students with helping them to see mathematics and science as inherently interrelated, based not only on the ideas and content within each discipline, but also the meaning behind the language used within both.

Speakers
JM

Janelle McFeetors

Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interesting in supporting... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Calgary - Delta

12:45pm

How to Easily Enrich Your Junior High Math Class
Having students or a class that is clearly above grade-level can be challenging. After students finish their core work, it is tempting to reward them with more work like more difficult questions or accelerating through the curriculum - which just creates more preparation! As an alternative, I will present some projects, resources, and activities that enrich the curriculum that the whole class benefits from,
regardless of their understanding of the content. I will explore how enrichment does not have to mean harder work, but instead in can be more in depth and focused studies of curriculum content. It leads to happy students, happier teachers, and most importantly answers that parent question of “My child was bored in math class last year - how will you challenge him/her this year?” You will leave this session with concrete junior high examples of curriculum enrichment that you can use and/or implement tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for April Grzech

April Grzech

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
April has been a teacher at Crestwood School (Edmonton Public), which offers both Academic Alternative and Academic Challenge, since 2010. Although it seems as though working with high-achieving (or over-achieving) students would be an easy gig, in reality, she faces students who... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Jasper - Delta

12:45pm

Math 10-3 and 20-3 more than modules
Make math -3 more than just getting credits to move on. I will provide an learning experience that will model a modified Daily 3 program that I used in Math 10-3 and Math 20-3. In my class I focused on re-enforcing math skills, applying skills to the outcomes, using logic to solve problems, showing strategy for game play and reading stories and books about math.

Once or twice a week we read a related math story from a picture book. The students solved the math problem from the book as we read it. The book also provided a time to reflect on learning new vocabulary words.

For the modified Daily 3, a typical class started with a math warm up to get the students brains thinking about math, then we moved on to a lesson with a targeted practise questions or an investigation with guided reflection, class ended with a game or logic puzzle.



Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Gallery 1 - Radisson

12:45pm

Math 20-1/20-2 combined: Four years of trials and experimentation of de-tracking grade 11 math
Engaging in de-tracking grade 11 mathematics was prompted by a concern that we had for some students who were not ready to make a decision about their future in mathematics at the end of grade 10. We decided to combine the first few units of grade 11 mathematics in order to provide students with a chance to experience mathematics at both the -1 and -2 levels before making a choice. The students were taught common content for the first three unit of grade 11 math and were given differentiated examinations that allowed students to demonstrate their understanding of the content either more focused on algebraic processes or more focused on graphical representations. We then offered students a suggestion and choice of what mathematics they would finish the year in. We have been doing this for the last 4 years and have seen a lot of success and struggled a lot of challenges and want to share our learning with teachers across Alberta.


Speakers
avatar for Richelle Marynowski

Richelle Marynowski

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
I am currently an Associate Professor with a specialization in mathematics teaching and learning and classroom assessment and evaluation. I spent 15 years teaching in K - 12 schools in both rural and urban settings. I am passionate about teaching and learning at all levels including... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Terrace 2 - Radisson

12:45pm

Selecting Mathematics Tasks Based on Level of Cognitive Demand
Through hands-on examples, participants will learn how to select worthwhile mathematics tasks to
engage their students in different levels of thinking in doing mathematics.

Regardless of our teaching approach, including a variety of worthwhile mathematics tasks is important to support students’ learning of mathematics. This means that it is important for teachers to know the potential of a task so that it can be appropriately integrated into the goals for students’ learning. The goal of this session is to raise teachers’ awareness of how mathematical tasks differ with respect to their levels of cognitive demand and to highlight the importance of analyzing tasks in order to determine the level of thinking required to solve them. The intent is not to promote that one type of task is better than another, but to provide teachers with a meaningful and useful basis to identify and select tasks with an understanding of their potential in supporting students to learn and do mathematics.

We will present two sets of criteria; one for determining the level of cognitive demand of a mathematics task at the secondary level and one for determining the extent to which an assessment mathematics task is authentic. We will engage participants attending the session in hands-on examples of different mathematics tasks, including examples from current high school textbooks, to learn how to use the first set of criteria to select tasks to engage their students in different levels of thinking. We will also discuss the second set of criteria to develop awareness of the characteristics of authentic assessment mathematics tasks which are a unique subset of formative assessment tasks. Both sets of criteria are relevant to all grade levels, but our examples will be from grades 9 to 12.


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Fort McMurray - Delta

12:45pm

Technology Gadgets for any Math and Science Teacher
PLEASE BRING A DEVICE, LIKE A LAPTOP OR TABLET TO EXPLORE THESE GADGETS BELOW. 

Being an online teacher, I regularly need to depend on other educational technology tools to supplement the curriculum. In this session, we are going to explore the benefits of EdPuzzle. This tool has helped me assess students in a formative way. It allows users to either crop a video or even edit a video with audio notes. The most important part is you can embed quizzes in each video you find on the internet. Another important feature is using all the EdPuzzle videos that are stored in the database. This tool has made me re-invent the wheel but at times also just use the wheel.

The second part of the session I am going to show how to use CK12.org. This site has been a great way to find new resources from open-ended questions, to real-life application problems, and even have the opportunity to use simulators. The list goes on. The best part it is free and it covers Math and Sciences, yes even specific sciences in both middle school to high school levels.

The third part of the session I was planning to focus on the use of Desmos Classroom Activity, where it is an excellent tool to use especially for Math lessons from middle school to high school. I have also used it in my Physics 30 class in the lenses unit. There are a variety of benefits using this program from the use of Polygraph (a student asks questions to figure out what that student has as a card), MarbleSlide (challenge activities on the topic you specifically want), Card Sort (where you connect cards that match the topic on hand) and the list goes on.

Overall, I will also provide a summary of all tools that are being used at our online school to enhance your everyday classroom.

This session is geared for Division 3 and 4.




Speakers
avatar for Angelo Delli Santi

Angelo Delli Santi

Online Teacher, St Gabriel Online School
Teaching in my world is different from a traditional classroom Math/Science teacher. I get the opportunity to share new technology tools with my students on a normal basis. Of course, I am always learning new technology tools to help enhance my lessons.



Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Edmonds - Radisson

12:45pm

Become a Believer in the Breakout!
Breakouts are becoming more prevalent in classrooms but many teachers - including myself in the beginning - are unsure of how to even begin setting one up. Sometimes it feels more plausible if you can see that someone else started in the same place you are right now. I will share samples of my own breakout designs and will explain how I started to set them up right from square one... every messy step! How I incorporate breakouts in the junior high science classroom to engage students and promote learning will also be discussed with specific examples and resources ready to share!


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Jubilee A - Radisson

12:45pm

James Watson, Tycho Brahe, and a Giant Beaver Walk into a Bar: Storytelling in Science Education
What happens when you try to teach a dolphin English only to have it fall in love with you? What was the Spermist vs. Ovist feud all about? How can a story about the giant beaver help you to incorporate indigenous perspectives into your science classroom?

If you teach 7-12 science, you will find find something new and interesting in Reuben's collection of humorous, strange, and thought provoking stories. He will discuss the importance of storytelling for relational teaching and student engagement and share some of his favorite stories that you've likely never heard. He will discuss the way that storytelling is low-hanging fruit in incorporating indigenous
perspectives into your science classroom.

Bring your favorite funny/illuminating/obscure story to share!


Speakers
RM

Reuben Mahaffy

Reuben teaches Chemistry, Biology, and General Science at Spruce Grove Composite High. He is a dynamic and iterative teacher who is always looking for ways to improve his practice. His preschool-age children indulge his various nerdy pastimes and make excellent test subjects.


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Top of the Inn - Delta

12:45pm

Teaching Environmental Science in High Schools
Marc Wyton and Natalie McLeod are teachers at Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School in Calgary. They started teaching Advanced Placement Environmental Science three years ago. They are interested in encouraging and supporting other Alberta teachers to adopt this course or similar Environmental Science programs in their schools.

This presentation will showcase the Advanced Placement Environmental Science course. This is an interdisciplinary course with unifying themes that connect science to math, social studies, english and technology studies. This is a course that both non-AP and AP students have found success.
Topics covered in the AP Environmental Science course include:
• Populations Dynamics
• Land and Water Use
• Earth Sciences and Soil Science
• Ecosystems
• Energy resources and consumption
• Global Change
• Pollution

This presentation will discuss the successes and failures of teaching a course using case studies, fieldwork and independent student research.

Forming partnerships with external environmental education programs will also be described.

Student exemplars and teaching resources will be available to view.

Speakers
NM

Natalie McLeod

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher, Calgary Board of Education


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Edmonton - Delta

12:45pm

The Future of the ATA Science Council
A chance for members to provide feedback on the Science Council and what members would like to see moving forward. The session will be an open session allowing people to provide feedback on areas of service the SC provides such as the newsletter, conference, and other services we could provide.


Speakers
JS

James Slattery

Vice President, ATA Science Council


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Terrace 3 - Radisson

12:45pm

Callysto: Free Interactive Resources to Build the Digital Workforce of Tomorrow - Double Session
The ability to process information in an analytical and computational way will be in high demand as students enter the digitally skilled future. Because of this, teachers are now feeling the pressure to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their curricula. Imagine being able to use a university-level analytics platform — capable of big data processing, data visualizations, math equations, and text formatting — in your grades 5-12 class. And imagine this tool being cost-free, easy to use, and only needing a web browser to operate!

This is a real opportunity for simple, accessible, and interactive learning — we call it Callysto  (www.callysto.ca).

In this workshop session, teachers will be introduced to the federally-funded Callysto platform, and will get the chance to explore modules that have been developed for existing course curricula (covering, among other subjects, history, science, and literature). We will show you how to incorporate these modules into your classroom, and will work with you to customize modules to fit your specific needs.


Speakers
BC

Byron Chu

Project Manager, Callysto
Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the... Read More →
avatar for David Hay

David Hay

Teacher, Elk Island Public Schools
David Hay taught high school science and technology courses for ten years, was a consultant for seven years in the areas of technology and innovation, and is currently teaching Grade 6.


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 3:15pm
Palm - Radisson

12:45pm

Making Numeracy Meaningful Through STEM Inquiries - Double Session
Participants will:
- Gain hands-on experience with scientific inquiries that integrate skills and numeracy in a meaningful way.
- Learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) support development of children’s communication, creative, critical thinking and collaboration skills.
- Meet and collaborate with colleagues and engage in meaningful discussions that support program planning in early STEM education.


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 3:15pm
Terrace 4 - Radisson

12:45pm

Deeper and Deeper: Discovering Rocks and Minerals - Double Session
This session is ideal for teachers in grade 3 and 7. Bring Earth Science to life for your students! Teachers will test the physical properties of minerals, learn clues to look for in rocks to determine how they were formed, gain an understanding of the three rock groups and explore the rock cycle through hands-on activities that can be reproduced in the classroom. Participants will take part in a number of hands-on activities to meet curriculum expectations and explore some of the ways rocks and minerals are used in our lives.


Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 3:15pm
Jubilee B - Radisson

12:45pm

Working Together to Inspire Energy Leaders Today and Tomorrow - Double Session
The energy and climate landscape in Alberta is constantly changing. Students need to engage with current, accurate and meaningful information to participate as active stewards of our energy resources. Inside Education and the Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) are hosting this dynamic session to help teachers stay current with the changing energy & climate landscape. You will hear from David Dodge, Chair of Energy Efficiency Alberta and producer with Green Energy Futures. David will share stories of on-
the-ground innovations that are shaping our energy future and examples of the energy transition  appening here in Alberta. Following this keynote style presentation, both ACEE and Inside Education will workshop classroom resources and activities along with best practices in energy and climate education. You will leave with great information, ideas and the confidence to initiate creative new energy and climate learning in your classroom. For grades 4 to 12.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Senior Education Advisor and joined ACEE in 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools, leads our capacity building for environment and energy education, and creates and delivers many of our education... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 12:45pm - 3:15pm
Crystal - Delta

2:15pm

Building Better Science Illustrations: Photoshop for Nerds
Are you cutting and pasting your scientific diagrams by literally cutting and pasting? Is the copy of your photocopy’s copy so faded that students need a hand-lens just to read it? Do you have the perfect illustration that just needs a bit of tweaking, but you don’t know how to digitally edit it? Then this session is for you! In the session, Brad takes you through various ways to digitally manipulate, customize and improve your scientific diagrams and illustrations. Whether you’re using Word, Paint or a Google Doc, or thinking of moving into a more powerful program like Photoshop, Brad will have tips and tricks to save you time and improve your diagrams. Instructions for using Word, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop CC and Pixlr software will be included in the presentation.

*Note: you do not need to bring a device to this presentation.

Speakers
BL

Brad Langdale

Teacher Conventionaire Brad Langdale teaches Physics at Spruce Grove Composite High School in Spruce Grove, Alberta. You might remember him from such sessions as: Hot Wheel's Physics, Teaching Through Infographics and A Selection of Humorous YouTube Videos. He is a 20-handicap and... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Fort McMurray - Delta

2:15pm

How Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing might circulate together in science and mathematics education
In 2017, Wiseman, Glanfield, & Lunney Borden, conducted a systematic review of 10 years of Canadian literature about the ways in which Indigenous and non Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing might be situated in mathematics and science education, K - 12 and in teacher education. I will share the results of this review and invite you to think about the results of the review along side the new Teacher Quality Standards for the province of Alberta - especially the standard around the application of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledges throughout our curricula.

Speakers
avatar for Florence Glanfield

Florence Glanfield

Professor, University of Alberta


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Jasper - Delta

2:15pm

Integrating Augmented Reality into Cornell note taking for Math and Science
My session will help teachers to use and adapt Cornell note taking method to suit their teaching style and provide students and teachers a method for organizing notes that reinforces the skills and concepts being taught in both Math and Science classes. Cornell note taking is a method of note taking designed to condense and organize notes. In conjunction with Cornell note taking I have integrated the free
Augmented Reality app, Aurasma to embed teacher and student created instructional videos, photos and web links to images within students' notebooks. Cornell note taking is a method I learned about after visiting an AVID school (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at an AMLE (American Middle Level Educators) conference 5 years ago. Since then I have adapted and fit this note taking style into my Math and Science classrooms in my middle school and included the augmented reality aspect. Currently my entire school has followed lead with all 26 math classes from grade 6 to 9 using the Cornell note taking method for Math classes (and numerous for science as well). I have also presented this topic with positive response to teachers outside my school from grade 6 to 12 during two division PD days in the past 3 years.


Speakers


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Edmonds - Radisson

2:15pm

Strengthening Alberta’s Curriculum
DID YOU HEAR? EXCITING CHANGES AHEAD…

It’s true, Alberta Education is partnering with the Alberta Teachers’ Association on the development of
future Kindergarten to Grade 12 provincial curriculum in Mathematics, Science and four other subject
areas both in English and French! Future curriculum will build on the strengths of the current curriculum
and will place a greater emphasis on 21 st century competencies, literacy and numeracy across all subject
areas and grades. It will also bring more inclusion and diversity to the curriculum, highlighting First
Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Francophone cultures and perspectives.

In this session, you will learn about the Provincial Curriculum Development process, which includes the
Shaping, Developing, and Implementation phases. Additionally, you will learn about the common
architecture and design being applied across subject areas, including a glance at the draft Mathematics
and Science K–4 Learning Outcomes.

Join us to share in the excitement of how the draft Mathematics and Science curricula will help build an
even stronger foundation for future student success!



Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom - Delta

2:15pm

A day at the park!
Community classrooms take one's students out of the classroom for a unique and inviting learning experience. This change in environments can often engage learners in complementary learning activities that reinforce learner outcomes. How does one create a Community Classroom? How do we integrate multiple learner outcomes throughout the day at the community classroom location?  What are some ideas for a "park-like" location, based on one's grade level outcomes? These are all questions that will be explored and answered through first hand collaborative experience in sharing ideas and creating experiences, for example, at any park.

The idea of having a day prepared for students in a community classroom and filled with engaging, purposeful activities sounds wonderful yet many teachers may never have the time to explore this option and share this process. This session will also allow teachers to come away with a prepared community classroom day based on their grade that could be implemented immediately (google doc). Multiple learner outcomes from multiple content areas will be encouraged. We, as educators, have a collective knowledge that is exciting! Putting this collective knowledge of experiences, activities, games, explorations, etc. together in a comprehensive experiential learning day for students gives another option for learning. Curriculum will be available to reference and sample community classroom activities will be shared. Participants are encouraged to bring a device to work on with google docs.


Speakers
avatar for Lorelei Boschman

Lorelei Boschman

Education Coordinator, Instructor, Medicine Hat College
Lorelei has been an educator for 30 years and has taught from K - post-secondary students. She is currently Education Coordinator at Medicine Hat College working with pre-service teachers from years 1 - 4, both in the University Transfer program and the Bachelor of Education degree... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Top of the Inn - Delta

2:15pm

Calculus textbook out of print? Expensive? A guide to Open Education Resources in Mathematics
The term Open Education Resource (OER) refers to any educational material that is freely available for use by anyone. The freedom of OER refers not only to cost, but the freedom to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute that material (the Wiley 5 Rs). In contrast with commercial textbooks, OER textbooks never go out of print (unlike a certain calculus textbook currently in use in Alberta), and both teachers and students are free to share, copy, keep, and update their textbooks as needed. In the past 5 years there has been a proliferation of high quality open mathematics textbooks, as well as websites that maintain lists of
textbooks along with reviews by educators who have used them. We will highlight some of the best  websites and textbooks, and discuss how to access, adopt, and modify OER textbooks.

Speakers
SF

Sean Fitzpatrick

Instructor, University of Lethbridge
avatar for Richelle Marynowski

Richelle Marynowski

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
I am currently an Associate Professor with a specialization in mathematics teaching and learning and classroom assessment and evaluation. I spent 15 years teaching in K - 12 schools in both rural and urban settings. I am passionate about teaching and learning at all levels including... Read More →



Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Terrace 2 - Radisson

2:15pm

Engaging Activities for High School Math Classes
Review classes can be challenging for both teachers and students. Teachers worry about classroom management and engagement; students worry about doing well on the exam but don’t always make the best use of class time. Some students believe that completing a worksheet is the ideal review, however, they often only complete a few questions. Review day is an opportunity for students to learn and
refine their understanding. Working in groups provides students opportunities to problem solve together while connecting topics and building confidence.

In this session, teachers will move around the room and participate in hands on activities such as row games, matching and puzzles. Teachers will come away with innovative ideas and resources. We will share activities that teachers may use with their students as well as provide information to assist teachers in creating their own. Although we will be using specific examples from our high school classrooms, many of these activities could be used in other divisions. Come ready to have fun with math!


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Calgary - Delta

2:15pm

Growth Mindset and Math Success
Students often think that they are not good at math or do not have a “math brain.” Join me in this session to discuss how a fixed/growth mindset can influence student learning and behavior in Math, and how students can learn to develop a growth mindset. We will review encouraging tactics that allow students to beat challenging math problems and motivate them to persevere and become more successful at math. We will also review how ExploreLearning Gizmos and Reflex can be incorporated in your instruction to impact the
adoption of more open and authentic forms of inquiry in classroom instruction.


Speakers
avatar for Julia Fischer

Julia Fischer

Implementation Manager, Explore Learning


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Jubilee C - Radisson

2:15pm

Joy of Math
Come and have some joy around mathematics!! We may get crazy and explore
  • The 4th dimension and beyond!
  • Unsolved math problems which span elementary to high school.
  • "Say what you see" math..
  • Hailstone sequence?
  • other brain blowing math problems!
This is a prime time to have some fun! 

Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Jubilee A - Radisson

2:15pm

Visual Patterns: exploring mathematical relationships K-9
Visual Patterns: Beyond the Table of Values

What does a linear relationship look like? At elementary school, students are often asked to create word problems for the given equations, but what would it look like to create patterns for given equations?

This interactive session is designed for the participants to explore how visualization connects two mathematical “basics”, spatial reasoning and number sense. Participants will explore how analyzing, extending and constructing visual patterns can bring together different strands and outcomes of K-9 Alberta Program of studies for mathematics. We will discuss how working with visual patterns can
support students in moving from recursive (additive) thinking to relational (multiplicative). We will also consider how technology can support students in working with visual patterns.


Speakers


Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Edmonton - Delta

2:15pm

Science 20 - A Focus on Doing
In returning to teach Science 20 after a 6 year gap, I found a noticeable change in the type of learner and skill levels in my class. Activities that I had used before were not meeting the needs of my students. As a result I had to rethink what I was doing and rethink learning activities, assignments, and ways to engage and support students. In this session I intend to share activities which use simple manipulatives, guided inquiry, laboratory and safe "kitchen chemistry" experiments, and the use of Google Classroom. This session will be relevant to not only general science but to teachers of biology, chemistry and physics.

Speakers

Friday October 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Gallery 1 - Radisson

3:45pm

Math AGM
Come and be part of the Math council's annual general meeting.  Election will take place!

Friday October 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Jubilee C - Radisson

3:45pm

Science AGM
Come and be part of the Science council's annual general meeting.  Election will take place!

Friday October 19, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Jubilee B - Radisson

5:00pm

Social
5:00 - 7:00 pm $2 drink bar, games, food and prizes!
7:00 - 9:00 pm  Board game night!

Friday October 19, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Jubilee A - Radisson
 
Saturday, October 20
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Enjoy a free fresh hot breakfast.

Saturday October 20, 2018 7:00am - 8:15am
Jubilee A - Radisson

8:30am

Opening remarks
The opening of the second day to the best conference ever!


Saturday October 20, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Ballroom - Delta

9:00am

Education in the Era of Fake News: How can we as educators attend to the impact of this new era in our classrooms? - Panel Discussion
In the current climate of fake news and the role of "experts" seemingly on the decline in media and beyond, how can we as educators attend to the impact of this new era in our classrooms. Please come and hear how our panelists attempt to grapple with this question and provide their thoughts on how science and math education has been and is being impacted, what they believe the role of the expert is or should be, and what can we as educators do, if anything.  


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Ballroom - Delta

9:00am

Flexibility and Fluency
Have you been searching for activities that will increase your students’ number flexibility and fluency? We will dive into key instructional strategies to increase your students’ mental math and estimation such as number talks, open ended questions, games, and more!


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Jubilee A - Radisson

9:00am

For the Love and Understanding: Teaching Middle School Math With Big Beautiful Problems
Teaching through problem solving engages all students. There are multiple entry points and all students can extend the problem as they experience success. The goal is to empower students, develop their confidence in their math skills and problem solving abilities, to help them believe in themselves as mathematicians and learners. We want our students to experience the joy of problem solving, to do math for pleasure, and to see the beauty in patterns and numbers.

Teachers will learn how to teach middle school math through problem solving. We will work together as learners to solve low-floor, high- ceiling problems directly linked to our program of studies. We will communicate, collaborate, reason, and persevere. We will experience a problem-solving culture in which we engage with mathematical practices to deepen our understanding of mathematical concepts.
Then we will work together as teachers to discuss a problem-solving classroom, culture, and framework. We will talk about obstacles to learning, thinking, and problem solving in math class and how to overcome them. This session will be hands on and interactive.

Finally, teachers will leave with a resource full of big beautiful problems to explore with their colleagues and students.


Speakers


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Jubilee C - Radisson

9:00am

Great Books for Teaching Math!
Children's literature is a meaningful springboard to inspire children to engage with mathematical concepts. I will share the very latest and old favorites. I include suggested lessons and share materials for lessons connected to books.


Speakers
avatar for Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Lisa Hauk-Meeker

Teacher, Edmonton Public Schools
Together Lisa and Lori have a combined teaching experience of over 45 years!  They have worked with students at every level in Kindergarten through Grade 7. They both share a passion for instilling a love of reading and learning for all!


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Edmonds - Radisson

9:00am

Inspiring Life Long Learning Through Games
Explore the fun side of learning and the benefits of friendly competition and cooperation. Come to this session to learn new games that you can play with your students to help them develop into willing participants, win or lose!

Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Jubilee B - Radisson

9:00am

Math Recess: Building Creative Curriculum in the Age of Disruption
The best way to inspire self-directed learning and deliver holistic pedagogical ideas is to simply learn and absorb as much math content as possible. However, too often, reluctant/new math teachers are overwhelmed with the constraints of the classroom, and have a tough time locating and learning new mathematical content. In this workshop, I will share 20 years of resource ideas/insights that will give K to
8 teachers enrichment ideas for not only the students for themselves as well. As well, the philosophical notion of becoming a "master learner" as opposed to a "master teacher" will be woven into the workshop, to further disarm the learning of mathematics, and truly create wide open spaces for deeper exploration.


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Crystal - Delta

9:00am

Create a Climate of Critical Thinkers in your Classroom - Tips & Tools for Energy and Climate Action Projects!
Climate change can resonate with every student, grade level and subject as it connects to our environment, economy, and society. This workshop will prepare you to return to your classroom Monday morning ready to explore climate change topics in a creative and meaningful way with hands-on, student-centred projects, and resources!

Learn how to take your science lessons to the next level with a class-based citizen science project. These climate change projects emphasize personal action, engage students in local issues, and contribute meaningful data to a national citizen science database. You will also explore an energy efficiency and stewardship action kit - jam-packed with tools and activities to explore simple yet effective ways to conserve energy in your classroom, school and home!

You will leave this session with a toolbox of lesson ideas and learning materials that will educate, engage and inspire your students to reduce their environmental footprint. Join us to explore how multiple balanced perspectives, critical thinking, and an experiential learning approach can energize your classroom!

Div 2 - 4 and all subjects welcome.


Speakers
avatar for Jayme Nelson

Jayme Nelson

Education Team Lead, Inside Education Society of Alberta
Inside Education has been providing award-winning natural resource and environmental education programs to teachers and students across Alberta for over 30 years. Come talk to us about field trips, classroom presentations, learning resources, and teacher professional development trips... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Jasper - Delta

9:00am

How do we teach about climate change and give students hope?
We have built an education program that engages students around climate change, helping them explore concepts like interdependence and managing our global commons, and explores what they can do to combat climate change. In this hands-on workshop, you'll 'learn by doing' as many activities as possible, receive a digital copy of the draft resource, and discuss with your colleagues how to weave this topic into your classroom practice.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Worobec

Kathy Worobec

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Kathy Worobec is ACEE’s Senior Education Advisor and joined ACEE in 2012. She leads ACEE's work on K-12 curriculum redesign, coordinates ACEE's Alberta Green Schools, leads our capacity building for environment and energy education, and creates and delivers many of our education... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Fort McMurray - Delta

9:00am

Pairing Science with Global Citizenship

COME FOR DOOR PRIZES!! See how fun this grade 5-9 program is for students, and easy for teachers. Everything, even assessment of student learning is built into the program as students earn vaccines through UNICEF by correctly answering quiz questions. And if you're really feeling like "geeking", you can become a student yourself by trying the lessons on your phone or mobile device. But definitely not necessary to get the full experience.

Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) is a free, online educational resource for grade 5-9 teachers of science and health & life skills. It is funded by government health organizations and co-developed by teachers. Lessons for grades 5-6 cover basics about germs and infections, how to prevent getting sick, how vacccines work, and the vaccines they'll receive at that age. Grade 8 science lessons cover the the immune system, when to use antibiotics, more detailed lessons on how vaccines work, and the vaccines students received in school. For grades 5-9 techers there are lessons on evaluating online information to help identify 'misinformation'. Students become global citizens by earning vaccines for children in developing countries when they correctly answer quiz questions.  

The presentation will explain about Kids Boost Immunity (KBI), why KBI works for teachers and students, and there'll be a live demonstration on the KBI site. You will have a chance to actually try it if you are able to go online using a computer or mobile device in the session. Or you can just watch the demonstration. You'll see the game format which allows for schools/classrooms to compete with other schools across Canada (this is optional for teachers). Curriculum links will be outlined, and you'll get a sense of the 30+ lessons available. We even have lessons for outbreaks and pandemics (always a common theme for movies/TV), inquiry learning opportunities, as well as First Nations indigenous content. 

Students and teachers across Canada are enjoying KBI. For teachers, KBI takes care of everything and it's free. The health information is current and accurate, the lessons and quizzes are designed to be interesting, and teachers receive assesssments for the individuals in their class on a continuous basis.  


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller

Educational Curriculum Specialist, Kids Boost Immunity
I'm a curriculum specialist and an experienced teacher. Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) appealed to me because pairing science and global citizenship sounded like a great idea. The game format is engaging and kids really like earning vaccines for other children. KBI can be used by grade... Read More →



Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Top of the Inn - Delta

9:00am

Living Space and Beyond: Exploring coding, data collection, and space exploration - Double Session
Participants will need a laptop with an available USB port to connect and flash the micro:bit. A fully charged laptop and a power supply is also recommended. 

As part of this program Let’s Talk Science has developed a workshop specifically tailored to support our exciting new classroom Action Project - Living Space. This project will coincide with Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and is offered in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency, with funding support from the CanCode program.
During our workshop, participants will:
• Explore the online resources for the Living Space action project;
• Code micro:bits with MakeCode, a JavaScript Blocks editor, and incorporate custom sensors to record environmental data;
• Develop confidence incorporating computational thinking, as well as digital and coding skills into the classroom.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer Ferguson

Coordinator, Classroom Technology, Let's Talk Science
Hello! I am currently the Coordinator for Classroom Technology at Let’s Talk Science and bring over 25 years experience in digital design, programming and coding. Over the last decade, I transitioned those skills and focused on the integration of educational technologies across... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Palm - Radisson

9:00am

Math and Science Adventures With Sphero Robotics - Double Session
Use the Sphero robot to experiment and investigate various science math outcomes

Different Activities Include:
Design and Test Structures that can survive an earthquake- then put it to the test in Earthquake country while using the Sphero robot and Sphero Macrolab to simulate the Richter scale used in testing the severity of the earthquake. The structure’s design for stability and sturdiness will be correlated to the the vibrations recorded by the Sphero which will be housed inside of each individual structure.  Explore the Sphero app to see the abundance of cross curricular activities that can be utilized in a  classroom setting.

Come play and learn.



Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Calgary - Delta

9:00am

Supporting Number Sense with Spatial Thinking - Double Session
Nearly a century of research confirms the close connection between spatial thinking and mathematics
performance (Mix & Cheng, 2012). In general, people with strong spatial skills also tend to perform well in mathematics. Researchers have found evidence to suggest that spatial thinking plays an important role in arithmetic, word problems, measurement, geometry, algebra and calculus (Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning, 2014).

While we talk about spatial reasoning, what does the term really mean?

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the research findings and how critically important developing spatial reasoning is to overall student achievement and success. You will also engage in Spatial Thinking tasks that you can take and use with students. This highly interactive session focuses on five key strands related to spatial reasoning:
Symmetry
Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Two-Dimensional Figures
Composing, Decomposing, and Transforming Three-Dimensional Objects
Locating, Orienting, Mapping, and Coding
Perspective Taking


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Terrace 4 - Radisson

9:00am

Agar Cell Diffusion Hands-on Lab: let's see what else we can do with it! - Double Session
Bio Stuff this year!
Part I:  Would you like the opportunity to try some new twists to this classic agar model cell lab?
Have you always wanted to cut that agar in different forms? leave it for different amounts of time? texturize the surface? try with the indicator in the agar and then with the base in the agar? If these dreams and aspirations are your dreams and aspirations, join us! If you have no idea what all this stuff means, but you want to learn and explore a fun lab, join us!
Here's what we'll do:
Discuss how the lab is done in different schools. What works, what doesn't.
Review scientific procedure and safety.
Discuss the positive impact of more open exploration in our science programs.
And then.... you will choose a variable and set up an investigation, do it, share results, discuss applications in the classroom. I will be bringing in two versions of agar and all lab supplies required, including solution, knives, spoons, rulers, beakers, hotplate (1), waste bucket, aprons, goggles.
Part II: I will also bring in some diffusion/osmosis examples; gummy bears, dialysis tubing, eggs  We'll look at ways to expand what we do with these.
Part III:  We will label, colour, and build a 3D folded model of a leaf cross section. Make and view a nail polish slide of fresh stomata. Look at my wasp/beetle/birch activity.
Bring your curiosity!

Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Gallery 1 - Radisson

9:00am

Science/Math Integration for a Sustainable Planet - Double Session
Effective STEM-based lessons for elementary grades can start with natural math/science integration to discover more about the world around us. This integration is critical in developing problem-based learning around real-world issues. Human ecology offers a wonderful opportunity to teach key life science concepts, such as carrying capacity in nature, natural resource use, and how humans are forever changing Earth’s landscape, habitats and biodiversity. At the same time, understanding human ecology concepts requires knowledge and practice in mathematical functions such as computation, measurement, graphical representation, statistical analysis and more.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will participate in innovative activities that illustrate the science and math behind real-world issues. Presented strategies will include creating representational models with manipulatives, cooperative group problem-solving challenges, graphing and analysis, and role-playing simulations. Participants will receive activity instructions, data charts and background reading in an electronic format that links each presented activity with Alberta’s Program of Study.

Speakers
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Alexander (Sandy) Adamson

Volunteer, Population Connection
I am a recently retired Alberta teacher of 30 years. I have taught Science from grades 2 to grade 11. I have spent the last half of my career in upper-elementary classes. I have been connected to Population Connection for the past decade. I am a soccer coach and an avid cyclist. I... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 9:00am - 11:30am
Edmonton - Delta

10:30am

Can it be achieved differently, Math 6e to 9e
In this session, participants will be expected to be students for over half the time. Participants will be provided with an opportunity to try several activities that engage students more than by paper and pencil. Different ways of using these activities will be discussed. Variations for inclusion will be suggested. Bring a partner and your thinking hat! Note: The activities will be made available to all participants via Google Drive in this session either in French or English.


Speakers
avatar for Renée Michaud

Renée Michaud

Consultante en mathématiques/Math Consultant, RLM Consulting
Renée Michaud est consultante en mathématiques depuis plusieurs années. Elle a travaillé comme conseillère pédagogique au sein du Conseil scolaire FrancoSud et au Consortium provincial francophone (CPFPP) pendant plus d'une décennie. Auparavant, Renée a travaillé comme enseignante... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jasper - Delta

10:30am

Effectively Using Math Tasks to Engage Students and Promote Learning
Math teachers can use tasks to promote learning and mathematical proficiency. There are many resources, textbooks and websites that math teachers can use to find meaningful tasks. With all the materials available, it can become overwhelming to figure out how to select a task that would benefit students the most. We will share criteria from research in cognitively demanding tasks that have helped us quickly pick great tasks to use with our students. To get us thinking together in the session, we will try a range of math tasks that will help us understand and use the selection criteria. Additionally, we have noticed with our students that our actions as teachers also greatly impact students’ thinking. We’ve learned a lot from our eagerness to give help which often greatly reduces students’ problem solving and takes away from their learning. To address the challenge of carrying out a task effectively, as a group we will generate
instructional moves for effective implementation, including how to use productive struggle as a method to promote learning. Teachers will take away tasks to try with students, ideas about where to find tasks, how to choose tasks and strategies to foster learning.


Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Candler

Alexandra Candler

Numeracy Consultant, Elk Island Public Schools
Alexandra Candler is a Numeracy Consultant for Elk Island Public Schools, a University of Alberta MEd Student and a Math Education Research Assistant. She has experience teaching and working with children in Early Childhood, Division I, II and II. Alexandra is interested in creating... Read More →
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Janelle McFeetors

Janelle McFeetors is an Assistant Professor in Elementary Mathematics Education at the University of Alberta. During her 8 years of teaching in schools, she focused on listening to the mathematical thinking of students as a way to inform her teaching. She is interesting in supporting... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Top of the Inn - Delta

10:30am

Engaging with Cuisenaire rods in the classroom
Spatial reasoning and number sense are fundamental to development of mathematical reasoning and academic success in mathematics. This workshop will provide teachers with an opportunity to experience working with Cuisenaire rods, a powerful mathematical tool that support students in developing connections between spatial reasoning and number sense. The activities designed for K-6 classroom will be focused around our current outcomes and will span multiple strands within the curriculum. Our objective is for teachers to understand this simple tool’s relevance, inclusive nature, and power in developing a deep understanding of mathematical relationships within their classroom.

Georges Cuisenaire invented these now famous rods as a means of helping his students understand and visualize the relationships within different aspects of mathematics. He found that by engaging children’s natural inclination to play and giving them an appealing physical material that highlights mathematical relationships, it was possible to provide a solid foundation of mathematical understanding for all his students.

The work started by Cuisenaire remained relatively unknown for more than twenty years until he was introduced to a visiting lecturer from the University of London, Dr. Caleb Gattegno. Gattegno was a mathematician and educator, who immediately recognized this tool’s power and educational value.

Through his work developing the application of the rods, Gattegno gained profound insight into the ability of children, which led him to the realization that they are far more capable than was being revealed in the typical classrooms at the time. This realization has been firmly established over the years by children from all over the world who have startled teachers with their remarkable grasp of mathematics concepts through the use of these rods.



Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jubilee A - Radisson

10:30am

Math Coaching 101 - How coaching can be used to improve student learning
The Calgary Board of Education has invested in math coaches as a key action in its K-12 Mathematics Strategy. These coaches have been deployed in numerous schools with the goal of improving teacher practice and student learning. We have learned a lot about content-focused coaching, developing coaching partnerships, and engaging in effective coaching cycles through this process that other districts would benefit from. Administrators, consultants, specialists, and teachers would benefit from our lessons learned to implement this job-embedded form of professional learning in their schools.



Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Terrace 2 - Radisson

10:30am

Math Recess: Building Creative Curriculum in the Age of Disruption
The best way to inspire self-directed learning and deliver holistic pedagogical ideas is to simply learn and absorb as much math content as possible. However, too often, reluctant/new math teachers are overwhelmed with the constraints of the classroom, and have a tough time locating and learning new mathematical content. In this workshop, I will share 20 years of resource ideas/insights that will give K to
8 teachers enrichment ideas for not only the students for themselves as well. As well, the philosophical notion of becoming a "master learner" as opposed to a "master teacher" will be woven into the workshop, to further disarm the learning of mathematics, and truly create wide open spaces for deeper exploration.


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Crystal - Delta

10:30am

Puzzles and Problems in K - 12 Mathematics classrooms
This session features puzzles and problems that engage students in logical thinking, computational thinking, and visualization. The puzzles and problems were used as the basis for a university level course for undergraduate students. During a four month professional development session, teachers in grades K - 12 were introduced to these problems and were then adapted and implemented in their classrooms. Teachers will be sharing their favourite problems and their experiences integrating the puzzles and problems and the principles of problem solving in their respective classrooms. Participants will walk away with resources that they can use in their classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Richelle Marynowski

Richelle Marynowski

Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
I am currently an Associate Professor with a specialization in mathematics teaching and learning and classroom assessment and evaluation. I spent 15 years teaching in K - 12 schools in both rural and urban settings. I am passionate about teaching and learning at all levels including... Read More →



Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jubilee B - Radisson

10:30am

Dissection: Current trends and alternatives
Dissection is common practice in Alberta high school science classes but is it really necessary?
In this session we will discuss the pedagogical merit of animal and non-animal teaching methods along with the ethical considerations for common species used in dissection. We will also explore human ethics, research into student perceptions of dissection, and how dissection is practiced outside of North America. We will look at current animal use trends in post-secondary institutes across Canada including uses in teaching, testing and research. Finally, we will discuss student opt-in policies used by some Canadian school districts.

In this session we will explore:
-the pedagogical merit of animal (dissection) versus non-animal (alternatives) teaching methods
-human and animal ethical considerations
-the use of animals in universities including veterinary schools
-meaningful non-animal alternatives that fulfill curricular objectives
-student opt-in policies


Speakers
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Melissa Logan

Director of Education, Alberta SPCA


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Fort McMurray - Delta

10:30am

Fly Me to The Moon
Maybe we won’t make the moon but we will gain some altitude. Attendees will be given links to past student water bottle rocket designs to “plagiarize”. We will travel outside to launch your rocket creations (weather and discovering a launch location dependent). Depending on numbers and the supplies you bring you may have to work as a team.

The focus of the presentation is building and launching your water bottle rockets.
You must bring the following materials to build the rocket:
-2L pop bottle
-cardboard
-scissors
-duct tape
-technology to access web pages containing past student designs

I will bring limited supplies for attendees to build bottle rockets (ie. 2L pop bottle) and gather cardboard.

Speakers
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Peter Rehak

Elementary Director & CBE Teacher, ATA Science Council & CBE
ATA Science Executive - Elementary Director and CBE Teacher | | Peter has been teaching division two and three students for 22 years. He started in a rural school teaching grades 4 to 6 in the morning and Junior High in the afternoon. Being flexible and proficient in multiple subject... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Edmonds - Radisson

10:30am

Science in 3D
Ian Doktor has been using 3D printers, Rasperberry Pi's and Arduinos in his Physics and Astronomy classes for years and will share ideas on how you can take 3D printing to the next level. Learn how a 3D printer can be a powerful pedagogical tool for everything from Physics to Biology to Astronomy. You can print a cell complete with organelles, design and print molecular models or specialized Physics tools. Whether you have never used a 3D printer before or have been 3D-ing for years, there will be something for everyone.


Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Jubilee C - Radisson

11:45am

Lunch
Come enjoy a free hot lunch

Saturday October 20, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Ballroom - Delta

1:00pm

Exploring Excellence
Jill will share her amazing adventures from around the world as an explorer in residence for National Geographic. With a focus on emerging technologies, she will explore the importance of skills needed for the jobs of the future, as well as the required literacies for being successful in any situation 

Speakers

Saturday October 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom - Delta