Idaho Science Teachers Association

ICTM/ISTA STATE 2013 FALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Friday Oct. 4        Welcome/Introductions       8:00 – 8:30               Auditorium
8:30 – 9:30           Keynote Speaker   Brian Pyper           Auditorium 

Presentation Notes:
Best Practices in Science Demonstrations (PowerPoint)
Best Practices in Science Demonstrations (PDF)         

Friday Oct. 4 Early AM Sessions

Session A   9:45 – 10:45;          A5**Extended Session 9:45 – 12:45

A1 ICS MathK – 12

Encouraging Mathematical Thinking in the Classroom

Jason Libberton

Room C217

A2 ICS Math8 – 12

One District’s Journey into CCSS

Danielle Desjarlais/

Leora White

Room C203

A3 STEM3 – 8

STEM on the Playground

Mike Winston

Room C109

A4 ScienceK – 12

Next Generation of Science Standards

Scott Smith

Room C118

A5** ICS MathK – 12

Connecting the Idaho Core Standards and the SBAC Assessment: Implications for Instruction

Nichole Hall/

Nancy Thomas Price

Room C216

 

(180 Minutes)

A6 ICS Math3 – 8

Arithmagons, Problem Solving, and Algebraic Reasoning

Joe Champion

Room C220

A7 ICS Math6 – 8

Developing Geometric Thinkers

Cory Bennett

Room C219

A8 Science3 – 8

Elementary Students Engineer a Clean Environment

Tauna Johnson/

Donna Wommack

Room C116

A9 Science6 – 12

Non-confrontational Evolution

Ralph Peterson

Room C112

A10 ICS Math3 – 8

Using Trade Books for Problem Solving

Zoe Jorgensen

Room C204

A11 ICS Math6 – 12

Crime Scene Investigation Task, up to Algebra 1, with the TI-NavigatorCX and TI-NsireCX Handhelds

Carla Rudolf

Room C221

A12 ScienceK – 8

Create Your Own Mineral and Rock Kit

Judy Walling

Room C106

A13 ScienceK – 12

Science of Energy

Garry Brown

Room C111

8:30 – 4:00           Stallknecht Museum Room C102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Oct 4  Late AM Sessions

Session B     11:00 – 12:30

B1 ICS Math6– 12

Math 180: A Bridge to the Idaho Core for Struggling Students

Grades 6+

Janet Bales

Room C203

B2 ICS Math3 – 12

ALEKS: Better Math Scores & Student Mastery toward Common Core State Standards

Cindy Kincer

Room C214

B3 STEMK – 12

STEM Literacy

Anne Seifert/

Louis Nadelson

Room C116

B4 Biology6 – 12

Savory Science: Biology on a (Grocery) Budget

Molly Wolk

Room C112

B5 Continuation of A5Connecting the Idaho Core Standards and the SBAC Assessment: Implications for Instruction

Nichole Hall/

Nancy Thomas Price

Room C216

B6 ICS MathK – 8

Common Core and Viable Arguments in  Early Grades

David Yopp

Room C217

B7 ICS Math9 – 12

Understanding Functions Inside and Out

Laurie Cavey

Room C219

B8 ScienceK – 12

Idaho Spaceward Bound: Blue Dragon Lichen Project

Tony Leavitt

Room C111

B9 Science/Math6 – 12

Connecting Math and Science through Density and an Interactive Lab Report

Sharon Cates

Room C109

B10 ICS Math3 – 5

Unraveling the Mysteries of Fractions

Debi DePaul

Room C204

B11 ICS Math6 – 12

Activities for Developing Middle School Probability & Statistics Concepts

David Coffland

Room C221

12:30 – 1:45                 Lunch in Commons Area                                        ICTM Business Meeting in Room C109

                                       ISTA  Business Meeting in Auditorium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Oct. 4 Early PM Sessions

Session C     1:45 – 2:45; Session C5** 1:45 – 3:15; Session C6*** 1:45 – 3:45

C1    ICS Math3 – 8

Lessons from Singapore: How Visual Models Can Enable All Students to Develop Understanding and Access to Complex Problems

Andy Clark

Room C217

C2 ICS Math6 – 12

Inquiry Lesson: CCSS Dimension Analysis

Brenda Gardunia

Room C221

C3    ScienceK – 12

Using the Craters of the Moon as an Educational Resource

Wendy Ruchti/

Ted Stout

Room C112

C4 Science/Math3 – 12

Transitioning Assessment Systems – SBAC, ISAT, and EOC’s

Angela Hemingway

Room C214

C5**Science/Math

6 – 12

Watching Math Come Alive through Science

Sharon Cates

Room C216

 

 

 

 

90 Minutes

C6***Science

K – 12

Light, Color, Lasers, and Illusions

Steve Shropshire

Room C109

 

 

 

120 Minutes

C7   ICS Math3 – 5

Cutting the Cake: Implementing an Activity from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

Margaret Kinzel

Room C203

C8 ICS Math9 – 12

Closure: Making Every Minute Count

Dawn Smith

Room C204

C9    Science6 – 12

Spectrascopy

Jo Dodds/

Ralph Peterson

Room C118

C10    STEM6 – 12

Promoting STEM through Robotics: The FFL and FTC Programs

Tim Ewers

Room C116

 

 

Friday Oct. 4 Late PM Sessions

Session D       3:00 – 4:00

D1  ICS MathK – 5

Textbooks! What are they good for?

Jennifer Prusaczyk

Room C217

D2    ICS Math9 – 12

Interesting Ideas, Manipulativesand Activities for Teaching Geometry Topics Highlighting the CCSSM Practices

Dawn Smith

Room C204

D3  ScienceContinuation of C9

6 – 12

ElectromagneticSpectrum and SOFIA

Jo Dodds/

Ralph Peterson

Room C118

D4   ScienceK – 8

Activities to Promote Science Process Skills and Inquiry in the Elementary/

Middle School Classroom

Chris Taylor

Room C112

Continuation of C5* 

See Above

Continuation of C6* 

See Above

D5  ICS Math6 – 12

Median- Statistical and Geometric: How are they related?

Leora White

Danielle Desjarlais

Room C219

D6   ICS Math6 – 12

Standards Based Grading: Fixing my grade book

Aaron McKinnon

Room C203

D7  STEM3 – 12

Engage Students in STEM with Meet the Pro’s

Bill Cairns

Room C116

D8  ScienceK – 12

The National Weather Service in Your Classroom

Dean Hazen/

Vernon Peterson

Room C111

D9  ICS MathK- 2

Connecting the 8 Mathematical Practices to Mathematical Content

HollyDee Archuleta

Room C220

5:00-6:00                      Awards Banquet in Commons Area
6:15-7:15                      Awards Presentations                                       Math-Auditorium

                                       Science remains in Commons Area

7:45-9:00                      Lasers and Lights Show in Auditorium

 

ICTM/ISTA Fall Conference Saturday Schedule

8:00 – 9:00            Keynote Speaker              Chris Shore                Auditorium

Saturday Oct. 5        Early AM Sessions

Session E   9:15-10:15;     Session E4* & E5* 9:15-10:45;    Session E6** 9:15-11:15
E1  ICS Math6 – 12

Getting Started with the TI-Nspire App for iPad

Kim Zeydel

Room C221

E2  ICS Math6 – 12

CCSS Modeling: Getting Started with the TI-84

Mona Toncheff

Room C203

E3  Science6 – 12

SCENES: Slow Motion Video Investigations

Sandy Powell

Room C116

E4*3-8

Got an Assessment itch to scratch?

David Durette

Room C219

 

 

 

90 Minutes

 

E5*6 – 12

Beginning Green Chemistry

Rachel Pokrandt

Room C111

 

 

 

90 Minutes

Related Session Below

E6**9 – 12

Using Vernier Probes in a Chemistry Classroom

Sharon Cates

Room C109

 

 

 

120 Minutes

E7 ICSMath/Science

3 – 12

Flooding Your Science and Mathematics Classroom with Vocabulary

Wendy Ruchti

Room C112

E8 ICS Math6 – 12

Bringing the Standards for Mathematical Practice Alive in the Secondary Classroom

Richard Pieper

Room C204

E9 ICSMath/Science

Online/Flex/

Blended Teaching

Kim Wray

Room C217

E10 Science6 – 12

Partners in Science Program

Kris Ablin Stone

Room C118

 

8:00–1:00           Stallknecht Museum Room C102

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Oct. 5     Late AM Sessions

Session F1-F4  10:45-11:45;      Sessions F5-F10  10:45-12:15

F1  ICSMath/Science

6 – 12

The Power of Educational Game Design

Walter Poelzing

Room C217

F2  ICSMath/Science

9 – 12

Create an Independent Research Program

Merrie Rampy

Room C118

F3  Science6 – 12

Using Text-Dependent Questions in the Science Classroom

Wendy Ruchti

Room C112

 

F4  Science6 – 12

DNA- The Chain of Life

Tina Williams

Room C116

F5  ICS MathK – 12

Formative Assessment and the Common Core

Kim Zeydel

Room C221

 

90 Minutes

 

F6  ICS Math6 – 12

Rigid Motion Geometry and Common Care- An Exciting “New” and Dynamic Look at Congruence

David Yopp

Room C204

 

90 Minutes

F7  ICS Math3 – 12

Implementing Think Through Math in your Idaho Core Classroom

Sydnie Kunz

Room C214

 

90 Minutes

 

F8  ScienceContinuation of E5

6 – 12

Advanced Green Chemistry: Labs

Rachel Pokrandt

Room C111

 

90 Minutes

 

F9 ICS Math6 – 12

Pig Pens & the 8 Practices

Chris Shore

Room C216

 

 

90 Minutes

F10  ScienceK – 12

Build Your Own Website

Dan Neddo

Room C213

 

90 Minutes

11:45-1:30                  Lunch on your own; food truck(s) parked outside
12:15-1:30                  Rock raffle followed by vendor raffle
1:30-4:00                      Field Trips                                       1:30 -2:45  NASA/ RISE Session in Room C118

                                       3:00-4:00   IAC Tour

                                       1:30-4:00   Dr. Paul Link, Idaho Geology

 

Session Details

Friday, October 4

 

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C217

ICS Math

Grades: K-12

 

A1    Encouraging Mathematical Thinking in the ClassroomIn order for students (and teachers) to be successful in today’s educational landscape, classrooms need to encourage mathematical thinking.  Teachers will see and experience how to build a classroom culture where students move beyond simply getting the right answer.  Classrooms centered around mathematical thinking produce better-prepared students and are more fun to teach!

Jason Libberton – Regional Mathematics Specialist – Idaho State University

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C203

ICS Math

Grades: 8-12

A2    One District’s Journey into CCSSOur process of researching and developing CCSS units of study for Middle School Math.  We will walk you through our first 8th grade unit, Transformations.

Danielle Desjarlais & Leora White – Teachers – Nampa School District

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C109

STEM

Grades: 3-8

A3   STEM on the PlaygroundWhat could be more fun than using recess to teach STEM subjects? This strand will help educators integrate playgrounds and school yards into the teaching of science, technology, engineering, math, and art. The strand will provide lots of C and I (creativity and imagination) utilizing playgrounds, school yards and local parks. The strand will teach participants how to use playgrounds for year-round instruction, instruction that incorporates a wide variety of hands-on projects.

Mike Winston – STEM on the Playground – Hobbs Middle School

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C118

Science

Grades: K-12

A4    Next Generation of Science StandardsThis session will provide an understanding of the Next Generation of Science Standards and the possible impact within Idaho. The Idaho State Department of Education has teamed up with STEM Stakeholders in the State to evaluate the significance of

Scott Smith – Science Coordinator – Idaho State Department of Education

Session A9:45 – 12:45

(180 Minutes)

Room: C216

ICS Math

Grades: K-12

A5   Connecting The Idaho Core Standards & the SBAC Assessment:  Implications for InstructionIn this highly engaging, hands-on workshop, connections between the Idaho Content Standards for math and the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications, for the related assessment, is determined. Through close analysis of Smarter Balanced item specifications and sample items, educators will be able to determine item alignment with Assessment Claims and Targets, the Cognitive Rigor Matrix, and the content standards, while modeling good formative assessment strategies. Discussion around the implications for instruction is guaranteed, as educators discover the evidence of student learning as outlined in the Smarter Balanced Content Specifications.

Nichole Hall & Nancy Thomas Price – Coordinators-Assessment – Idaho State Department of Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C220

ICS Math

Grades: 3-8

A6    Arithmagons, Problem Solving, and Algebraic ReasoningArithmagons are fun number puzzles that ask students to fill in a diagram so that numbers on the edges add or multiply to equal numbers on vertices. We’ll practice solving and creating arithmagons to see how these flexible puzzles can be used to challenge students as they learn to use algebraic reasoning. Participants will leave with ready-for-the-classroom handouts for that rare kind of activity that’s both accessible and addresses the Standards for Mathematical Practices in the Common Core.

Joe Champion – Assistant Professor – Boise State University

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C219

ICS Math

Grades: 6-8

A7    Developing Geometric ThinkersDeveloping students’ geometrical thinking is critical in helping them become proficient mathematicians as a strong foundation in geometry also has implications in algebra, measurement, and proportional reasoning. This presentation will focus on hands-on explorations that support students’ development of geometric thinking and reasoning.

Cory A. Bennett – Assistant Professor – Idaho State University

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C116

Science

Grades: 3-8

A8    Elementary Students Engineer A Clean EnvironmentUp for a real challenge?  Every school has young engineers ready to create solutions to issues within the school and community.  We will share the process our third and fifth grade students went through to design and create a rinsing/recycling station for the school lunchroom.  You will leave with strategies, guidelines, iPad apps, and tools for facilitating each stage of the engineering design process with your students.

Tauna Johnson /Donna Wommack – 5th Grade/4th Grade – Genesee School District

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C112

Science

Grades: 6-12

A9    Non-confrontational EvolutionOnce the Nature of Science is better understood, the ‘controversy’ of evolution is minimized.  We will do a hands-on activity as well as explore the definitions of fact, hypothesis, theory, and law from the National Academy of Science.

Ralph Peterson – Teacher – North Gem High School

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 3-8

A10   Using Trade Books for Problem SolvingWorking from the 50 books, 50 problems list from Jeremy Wright, participants will explore how they can use trade books and different literature sources to create math problems that address the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.  During the session participants will become acquainted with many titles that lend themselves to this activity, solve some problems that are suggested on the Jeremy Wright list, and create some problems of their own to use at the level at which they are teaching.

Zoe Jorgensen – Teacher – Bush Magnet School

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C221

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

A11   Crime Scene Investigation Task, up to Algebra I, with the TI-NavigatorCX and TI-NpsireCX handheldsFormulas can be used by crime scene investigators to estimate the height of a victim from skeletal remains.  This session will demonstrate how one of these formulas is derived.  This session will use TI-NpsireCX handhelds and will be guided by the use of the TI-NavigatorCX.    Participants will solve a case by determining the height of a male victim based on the measure of the male tibia bone found at a crime scene.  This one question task, “How tall was the victim?” incorporates many of the CCSS Mathematical Practices.

Carla Rudolf – Secondary Math Teacher – Idaho Falls School District #91

 

 

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C106

Science

Grades: K-8

A12   Create Your Own Mineral and Rock KitIdaho’s Out of the Rock program invites participants to learn some of the basics of rock and mineral identification.  Then you will apply these skills to label your own mineral and rock kit.  Sample some of the engaging, movement-filled activities presented during Out of the Rock summer workshops.

Judy Walling – Exhibitor – National Energy Foundation

Session A9:45 – 10:45

Room: C111

Science

Grades: K-12

A13   Science of Energy 101Learn more about the forms of energy and energy transformations using lessons and demonstrations from NEED’s Science of Energy Kit. The lessons are inquiry based and provide students with the foundational understanding of kinetic and potential energy and the way one form of energy transforms into another.

Garry Brown – Retired Physics Teacher – Skyline High School

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C203

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

B1   Math 180: A Bridge to the Idaho Core for Struggling Students Grades 6+This session will introduce attendees to Math 180, a revolutionary math intervention program for the Idaho Core. Designed for struggling students in Grades 6 and up, the program builds students’ confidence and competence in mathematics, while providing teachers with an ecosystem of support to ensure success.

 Janet Bales – Scholastic West Regions – Director of Math Partnerships

Session B 11:00 – 12:30

Room: C214

ICS Math

Grades: 3-12

B2   ALEKS: Better Math Scores & Student Mastery toward Common Core State StandardsALEKS is a highly prescriptive online math assessment and learning program for grades 3-12. ALEKS is especially beneficial in the areas of intervention, special education, gifted, and mastery toward CCSS.    Meridian Academy experienced significant student improvement using ALEKS!  You’ll experience how ALEKS automatically differentiates instruction for each student, and hear how ALEKS can be utilized in the classroom.  Using adaptive questioning and a powerful cycle of assessment and learning, ALEKS PRECISELY determines each student’s math knowledge and delivers targeted instruction on the EXACT topics the student is ready to learn NEXT.

Cindy Kincer – Implementation Specialist – ALEKS Math

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C116

STEM

Grades: K-12

B3  STEM LiteracySTEM literacy has evolved in Idaho through the i-STEM initiative.  Learn more about how key stakeholders have come together to support teachers through the i-STEM initiative.  Explore the opportunity to participate in K-12 educational professional development institutes to be held in June 2014\a unique expense paid opportunity to receive training, information, classroom STEM kits, and hands-on activities with materials to teach students about various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics.  This is a session you won’t want to miss!

Anne Seifert/Louis Nadelson – STEM Director/BSU Education – Idaho National Laboratory/Boise State University

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C112

Biology

Grades: 6-12

B4  Savory Science: Biology on a (Grocery) Budget!Have you ever struggled with how to deliver lessons that are not only scaffolded and memorable but also that require items solely from the grocery store? This session invites you to participate in several hands-on lessons for which food is the only material! Discover (edible) ways of teaching about epithelial tissue, natural selection, anatomy, genetics, arteriosclerosis, mutations, and bones to name a few. In this session you will receive lesson plans as well as tips for successful delivery of a variety of Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, and Life Science lessons.

Molly Wolk – Biological Science Teacher – Compass Public Charter School

 

 

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C216

ICS Math

Grades K-12

B5  Continuation of A5Connecting the Idaho Core Standards and the SBAC Assessment: Implications for Instruction
Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C217

ICS Math

Grades: K-8

B6  Common Core and Viable Arguments in Early GradesCommon Core asserts that elementary students can use referents to construct viable arguments. Examples become referents when used to illustrate relationships when supporting claims. This talk defines example-based viable arguments and shows how to help students develop “handles” and insights that turn their example explorations into viable arguments.

David Yopp – Associate Professor of Mathematics – University of Idaho

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C219

ICS Math

Grades: 9-12

B7   Understanding Functions Inside and OutDoes the vertical line test always work? Does every function have a rule? Is a piece-wise function really a function? Come learn about ways that students might overgeneralize ideas about functions and how that can create obstacles for future mathematical work. We will also discuss teaching strategies to support student learning of functions.

Laurie Cavey – Associate Professor – Boise State University

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C111

Science

Grades: K-12

B8   Idaho Spaceward Bound: Blue Dragon Lichen ProjectGet your students involved in ongoing science investigation! Engage them in field research right in their “backyard”. The “Blue Dragon Project” has involved Idaho teachers in field investigation for the past 3 years. Now your students will use science protocols developed by NASA scientists and Idaho teachers to study lichen distribution across Idaho

Tony Leavitt – NASA Educational Specialist – NASA Ames Research Center

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C109

Science/Math

Grades: 6-12

B9   Connecting Math and Science Through Density and an Interactive Lab ReportDensity can be approached as the ratio of mass to volume.  Come build a rainbow with everyday liquids while investigating this relationship.  Bring your cameras/phones and keep a record of your inquiry into density and the ratio it is represented by.

Sharon Cates – Teacher – Capital High School

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 3-5

B10   Unraveling the Mysteries of FractionsThe CCSS divide the learning of fractions into two stages. Initially, students are exposed to various ways fractions can be used and represented. Students begin to gain an intuitive understanding of fractions. Later, students move to a more formal understanding of fractions as numbers. This interpretation goes beyond thinking of fractions as simply a ˜part out of a whole.” This workshop explores different representations and interpretations of fractions and why they are so critical.

Debi DePaul – Resource & Professional Learning Educator – ORIGO Education

Session B11:00 – 12:30

Room: C221

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

B11   Activities for Developing Middle School Probability & Statistics ConceptsAn examination of CCSS/ICS probability and statistics and the presentation of activities designed to develop students’ conceptual understanding. Technology and manipulative based activities will be presented.

David Coffland – Associate Professor – Idaho State University

 

 

 

 

LUNCH12:30 – 1:45 Lunch in Commons AreaICTM Business Meeting in Room C109

ISTA Business Meeting in Auditorium

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C217

ICS Math

Grades: 3-8

C1   Lessons From Singapore: How Visual Models Can Enable All Students To Develop Understanding and Access to Complex Problems This session will focus on visual models and visualization used in the highly successful Singapore curriculum that enable students entry points to complex problems and to develop deep understanding of topics such as place value, operations with whole numbers and fractions, and ratio. Examples of the rich problems will be shown.  Note: Andy Clark, an author for the Math In Focus – Singapore Math program, will be the speaker for this presentation I will provide a bio by September 3rd.

Andy Clark  – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C221

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

C2   Inquiry Lesson – CCSS Dimension AnalysisStudents use a hands-on lesson where they must decide how many square tiles are needed to tile a floor. What if the size of the tiles have side length one half of the original tile.  How will that affect the total number of tiles needed?  This concept is moved from concrete thinking to abstract thinking to symbolic representation. Students have fun discovering the answers and gain understanding of square units and conversion of units.

Brenda Gardunia – Mathematics Teacher – Boise High School

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C112

Science

Grades: K-12

C3   Using the Craters of the Moon as an Educational Resource The Craters of the Moon National Monument has been working, in conjunction with classroom teachers, on a comprehensive five-year plan for its educational programs.  As part of this presentation, see the work that has been done, and how you might use the Craters of the Moon both as a virtual and face to face resource.  Learn of potential funding for bringing your students to Craters!

Wendy Ruchti/Ted Stout – Assistant Professor – Idaho State University

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C214

Science/Math

Grades: 3-12

C4   Transitioning Assessment Systems – SBAC, ISAT and EOCsThis session is hosted by the State Department of Education’s Statewide Assessment Coordinator and will focus on the transitioning assessment systems. There will be a brief discussion of the transition to the SBAC assessment system as well as on the transition from the 10th grade science ISAT to EOCs. Attendees with spend the majority of the time working with the Schoolnet Assessment Admin Tool to create standards-based assessments. Attendees should bring ISEE login information in order to complete the exercises. Attendees will leave with an assessment that can be used in the classroom the following week.

Angela Hemingway – Statewide Assessment and Accountability Coordinator – Idaho State Department of Education

Session C1:45 – 3:15

(90 Minutes)

Room: C216

Science/Math

Grades: 6-12

C5    Watching Math come Alive Through ScienceMany students say that they hate math and they love science.  We will be using motion detectors to observe a variety of lines and the equations that relate time, distance and velocity.  Your students will gain a new understanding of linear, slope, x and y intercepts and how their motion can be turned into math, just like on a video game.

Sharon Cates – Teacher – Capital High School

 

 

 

Session C1:45 – 3:45

(120 Minutes)

Room: C109

Science

Grades: K-12

C6   Light, Color, Lasers, & IllusionsParticipants will make corner reflectors, laser light show drums, a Pepper’s Ghost illusion demo, and other simple devices for use in teaching about light, color, and lasers. Demonstrations will be provided on reflection, refraction, and the nature of light using common household materials for use in classroom activities.  Discussion will focus on the use of these constructions and demonstrations to address state standards on Concepts of Physical Science, Scientific Inquiry, and on Unifying Concepts of Science for grades 1 through 6.  Teachers will take home all items they construct.  Participants will also be provided with a list of related resources in print and on the web.

Steve Shropshire – Professor – Idaho State University

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C203

ICS Math

Grades: 3-5

C7   Cutting the Cake: Implementing an Activity from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle SchoolParticipants will work through an activity on generating and representing number patterns. The discussion will have two goals: (1) connecting the activity to content and practice standards within CCSSM, and (2) leading a productive class discussion on the mathematics.

Margaret Kinzel – Associate Professor – Boise State University

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 9-12

C8   Closure: Making Every Minute Count (2013)Program Description: Making every minute count in a classroom means leaving everyone with a lasting impression of what was learned in class that day. The participants will experience many closure activities using study team/pair strategies as well as individual activities like Power Writing, Ticket Out, and First Out, to name a few.

Dawn Smith – High School Math Teacher – Post Falls High School

Session C1:45 – 2:45

Room: C118

Science

Grades: 6-12

C9  Spectroscopy  (Session continues in D3)Come see how the electromagnetic spectrum and spectroscopy is used to evaluate materials.  This is hands on and you have the opportuinity to use the equipment.

Jo Dodds/Ralph Peterson – Teachers – Twin Falls/North Gem High Schools

Session C 1:45 – 2:45

Room: C116

STEM

Grades: 6-12

C10   Promoting STEM through Robotics: The FLL and FTC ProgramsRobotics conjures the imagination that also is an excellent context in which to develop STEM and 21st Century knowledge and skills.  In this session, we will review two of the most successful robotics programs for engaging youth in authentic science and engineering activities, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for Middle School and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for High School youth.  We will review what the programs are and how they are conducted.  And we will explore how the programs can be used to attain Common Core Standards.

Tim Ewers – Associate Professor – University of Idaho

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C217

ICS Math

Grades: K-5

D1   Textbooks! What are they good for? Textbooks, how to use them, not abuse them. Using a textbook as a resource for addressing the standards of the CCSS is a new practice for many. Uncover new and exciting ways to enhance student understanding. Participate in the discussion and leave with new ideas.

Jennifer Prusaczyk – Regional Mathematics Specialist – Idaho State University

 

 

 

 

 

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 9-12

D2   Interesting Ideas, Manipulatives and Activities for Teaching Geometry Topics Highlighting the CCSSM PracticesParticipants will use hinged mirrors to look at polygons and similar triangles, rubber bands to explore dilations, patty paper to look at characteristics of shapes-mostly quadrilaterals, paper plates to fold and find shapes and angles and linear relationships, and other manipulatives, as well as interesting problems to develop and apply geometry concepts and review vocabulary. Topics include similarity, triangle heights, transformations, central angles, polygons, area, and more.

Dawn Smith – Mathematics Teacher – Post Falls High School

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C118

Science

Grades: 6-12

D3  (Continuation of C9)  Electromagnetic Spectrum and SOFIACome learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum and how it is being used in science, especially in astronomy.  Learn about the educator opportunity to fly on the NASA jet SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy).

Ralph Peterson/Jo Dodds – Teachers – North Gem/Twin Falls High Schools

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C112

Science

Grades: K-8

D4   Activities to promote Science Process Skills and Inquiry in the Elementary/Middle School ClassroomThe nature of science is a component in the Next Generation Science Standards at all grade levels in the elementary and middle school classroom.  Scientists use many process skills in the laboratory or out in the field and teachers can incorporate these skills into their classroom through inquiry lessons.  This session will give teachers practical lessons and resources to implement directly into their classroom to help students understand these process skills.

Chris Taylor – South Junior High

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C219

ICS Math

Grades 6-12

D5   Median–Statistical and Geometric: How Are They Related?Using manipulatives and drawings, we will develop reasoning connecting statistical mean and median with the intersection of medians in geometric planar figures. We will also address applications to centers of balance (architecture and toys) and to centers of population.

Danielle Desjarlais & Leora White – Teachers – Nampa School District

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C203

Math/Science

Grades: 6-12

D6   Standards Based Grading:  Fixing my grade bookWhile reading the book, “A Repair Kit for Grading: Fifteen Fixes for Broken Grades” by Ken O’Connon, I realized that my grade book was broken.  Share in the research and my personal experiences with converting to a standards based grading system.  Participate in a quick lab and write up and see how you would do!

Aaron McKinnon – Teacher – South Junior High

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C116

STEM

Grades: 3-12

D7   Engage Students in STEM with Meet the Pro’sThis workshop will be conducted as a Meet the Pro’s session that provides multiple lesson and activity ideas that teachers can take back into the classroom.  Activities selected will be in all STEM areas.  Come and enjoy a fast paced speed dating version of STEM learning activities.

Bill Cairns – Vice Principal – Idaho Falls High School

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C111

Science

Grades: K-12

D8 The National Weather Service in Your ClassroomThis presentation from the National Weather Service will focus on weather, water, and climate information available to teachers and how they may use this in their classroom settings and additional resources for teachers to advance their learning in Earth Sciences.

Dean Hazen – Science and Operations Officer – National Weather Service-Pocatello

Vernon Preston – Warning Coordination Meteorologist – National Weather Service-Pocatello

Session D3:00 – 4:00

Room: C220

ICS Math

Grades: K-2

D9   Connecting the 8 Mathematical Practices to Mathematical Content (K-2)Making the shift from procedure based instruction to teaching for understanding requires students to reason mathematically and explain their reasoning.  This change in instructional practice provides a natural connection to the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice found in the Common Core State Standards.  Participants will gain knowledge of the Mathematical Practices and why they are important while engaging in example lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

HollyDee Archuleta – 1st Grade/PAEMST Awardee 2010 – Eagle Elementary School of the Arts

5:00 – 6:00   Awards Banquet in Commons Area

6:15 – 7:15  Awards Presentations

Math – Auditorium

Science – Commons Area

7:45 – 9:00  Lasers and Lights Show in Auditorium

 

Saturday, October 5 – Session Details

 

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C221

ICS Math

Grades: 6 – 12

E1   Getting Started with TI-Nspire App for iPadThis workshop is designed for educators who are interested in or are just beginning to use the TI-Nspire App for iPad (either CAS or numeric). It will cover the basics of getting started and teaching with the Apps. Participants are asked to bring their own iPads with the App installed.

Kim Zeydel – High School Math Teacher – Meridian Academy

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C203

ICS Math

Grades 6-12

E2   CCSS Modeling:  Getting started with the TI-84 New to TI-84s? Learn the features and tools of the TI-84 to engage students and deepen their understanding of mathematical content.  This session will focus on the Modeling conceptual category. When making mathematical models, TI technology is valuable for varying assumptions, exploring consequences, and comparing predictions with data.

Mona Toncheff – NCSM Regional Director Western Region 1 – National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C116

Science

Grades: 6-12

E3   SCENES: Slow-Motion Video InvestigationsSCENES (Students Capturing Events Naturally Experience Science) Engage students in high level investigations using high speed video capture combined with science probes. This interactive session will give you a chance to work (play) with cameras and probes. Will also discuss tips and tricks for getting started as well as how to find funds for cameras and probes in your school.

Sandy Powell – Science Chair – Emmett High School

Session E9:15 – 10:45

(90 Minutes)

Room: C219

Math/Science

Grades: 3-8

E4   Got an assessment itch to scratch? Would you like to better design, create, and score assessments in your classroom? Professional assessment developers will take you on a journey of how to develop valid, reliable, and fair science assessments for formative and summative purposes. This session will be part informational and part interactive.

David Durette – Director, Science Test Development – Data Recognition Corporation

 

 

Session E9:15 – 10:45

(90 Minutes)

Room: C111

Science

Grades: 6-12

E5  (Session Continues in F9)    Beginning Green ChemistryGreen Chemistry is the practice of product design that strives to reduce waste and toxicity. Green Chemistry is practiced by leading industries in consumer and commercial products, however the application of the principles of Green Chemistry remain absent from many secondary and even college classrooms. This session intends to introduce the participant to the principles of Green Chemistry and provide them with tools for practicing Green Chemistry in their classrooms.

Rachel Pokrandt – Curriculum Consultant – Beyond Benign

Session E9:15 – 11:15

(120 Minutes)

Room: C109

Science/Math

Grades: 9-12

 

E6   Using Vernier Probes in a Chemistry ClassroomDo you have a closet full of Vernier probeware that you wish you had time to figure out how to use?  Do you look at the lab the Vernier puts on line and think “That would be great, if only….” In this session we will work with colorimeters, pH probes, and conductivity probes.  You will leave with 3 ready to go activities for your Chemistry classroom.

Sharon Cates – Teacher – Capital High School

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C112

Math/Science

Grades: 3-12

E7   Flooding your Science and Mathematics Classroom with VocabularyOne of the shifts in the ELA Common Core State Standards is the emphasis on learning vocabulary.  Effective and efficient word teaching techniques are consistently observed in schools that consistently produced high reading performance.  This workshop will provide specific instructional strategies with the potential to make teaching and learning vocabulary more productive and engaging.

Wendy Ruchti – Assistant Professor – Idaho State University

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

E8   Bringing the Standards for Mathematical Practice Alive in the Secondary ClassroomWhat do the Standards for Mathematical Practice look like in a secondary classroom? Come and participate in and take home activities that help students develop the mathematical habits of mind that will help them to be successful on the common core assessments.

Richard Pieper – Mathematics Faculty – Brigham Young University-Idaho

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C217

Math/Science

Grades: 9-12

E9   Online/Flex/Blended TeachingThis presentation would focus on implementing a flex or blended model to your math and/or science classroom.  Online teaching will also be discussed.

Kim Wray – Teacher – Idaho Digital Learning

Session E9:15 – 10:15

Room: C118

Science

Grades: 6-12

E10   Partners in Science Program (M.J. Murdock Charitable Foundation)Are you a high school science teacher? Are you interested in receiving a non-competitive grant for $25,000 with an opportunity to earn a second grant for $9,000?  Are you interested in doing scientific research? Would you like an all- expense paid trip to San Diego in mid-January for four days two years in a row?  If your answers to these questions are yes, come to this session to find out more and how to apply!

Kris Ablin Stone – Biology Teacher – Boise School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session F10:45 – 11:45

Room: C217

Math/Science

Grades: 6-12

F1   The Power of Educational Game DesignEducators will identify key steps to quality educational game design in the classroom and experience the learning power through a geometry board game, Points of Interest a 2-4 player game that teaches 2D-rigid transformation movement in space. Though the game is mathematical, non-math teachers are encouraged to attend. (Maximum allowed: 40 adults)

Walter Poelzing – High School Math Teacher – Granger High School

Session F10:45 – 11:45

Room: C118

Math/Science

Grades: 9-12

F2   Create an Independent Research ProgramLearn about starting or enhancing an independent student research program including paperwork to take to your school board/district, a complete curriculum, an explanation of the school-wide benefits, and presentation/competition options for your students.

Merrie Rampy – Teacher – Highland Joint School District

Session F10:45 – 11:45

Room: C112

Science

Grades: 6-12

F3  Using Text-Dependent Questions in the Science Classroom As the Common Core is becoming more and familiar to us as teachers, we keep hearing references to the importance of “close reading” and “text-dependent questions.” Close reading through thoughtful text-dependent questioning can- and does – look many different ways. At its heart, however, the goals are always similar.  This workshop will provide an example of how to use text-dependent questions in the science classroom, and review the general goals of close reading.

Wendy Ruchti – Assistant Professor – Idaho State University

Session F10:45 – 11:45

Room: C116

Science

Grades: 6-12

F4   DNA- The Chain of LifeExplore different ideas about teaching DNA.  Create a simple paper DNA chain and extract DNA from strawberries.

Tina Williams – Science Teacher/ISTA Board Member – West Minico Middle School

Session F10:45 – 12:15

(90 Minutes)

Room: C221

ICS Math

Grades: K-12

F5   Formative Assessment and the Common CoreFormative assessment is used to determine what your students know and still need to learn. This involves not only mathematical procedures but also critical thinking skills. In this session, we will learn how to create formative assessments that mimic the Smarter Balanced Assessment using commonly available tools and/or the TI-Nspire Navigator. In addition, we will discuss how to interpret the results of previous formative assessments using actual student work.

Kim Zeydel – Secondary Math Teacher – Meridian School District

Session F10:45 – 12:15

(90 Minutes)

Room: C204

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

F6   Rigid Motion Geometry and Common Core–An Exciting “New” and Dynamic Look at CongruenceCommon Core calls for students to explain how triangle congruence criteria (ASA, SSS…) follow from the definition of congruence in terms of rigid motions (e.g., transformational geometry). This talk discusses the essentials of transformation geometry and draws clear distinctions between traditional geometry and transformational geometry’s dynamic point of view.

David Yopp – Associate Professor of Mathematics – University of Idaho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Session F10:45 – 12:15

(90 Minutes)

Room:  C214

ICS Math

Grades: 3-12

F7   Implementing Think Through Math in your Idaho Core classroomParticipants will learn how to utilize TTM as part of their math curriculum in grades 3-Algebra or as an alternate route to graduation option. Focus will be on the Idaho Core Standards and how TTM can be used to support both student and teacher transition to these standards.

Sydnie Kunz – Instructional Coach – Think Through Math

Session F10:45 – 12:15

(90 Minutes)

Room: C111

Science

Grades: 6-12

F8 (Continuation of E5)  Advanced Green Chemistry: LabsThis session is a lab only follow up to Beginning Green Chemistry. Participants will conduct a series of hands on labs designed using the principles of Green Chemistry for the purposes of teaching standard high school chemistry curriculum. These labs are also intended to provide additional Green Chemistry learning objectives for students.

Rachel Pokrandt – Curriculum Consultant – Beyond Benign

Session F10:45 – 12:15

Room: C216

ICS Math

Grades: 6-12

F9  Pig Pens & the 8 PracticesLearn what the Common Core Practices are really all about and experience a lesson that model this paradigm shift.

Chris Shore – The Math Projects Journal

Session F10:45 – 12:15

Room C213

Science

Grades: K-12

F10   Build Your Own WebsiteLearn how to build and maintain your own class website using the free online program, weebly.com.  By the end of this presentation, you will have your own running website ready to enrich your class and instruction.

Dan Neddo – ISTA Regional Representative – Nampa School District

Lunch on your Own 11:45 – 1:30Food Truck(s) parked outside
Raffle 12:15 – 1:30Rock Raffle followed by Vendor Raffle
Field Trips1:30 – 4:00 1:30 – 2:45  NASA/RISE Session in Room C1183:00 – 4:00  IAC Tour

1:30 – 4:00  Dr. Paul Link Idaho Geology



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