Last Thursday was the second annual Ohio ST Math Summit. It was an amazing experience. About 70 educators from across the state came together to build connections, learn from each other, and engage in discussions around deepening student learning.
Thank you to our education partner Worthington City Schools, who co-hosted the event, and to all of our amazing educator presentators for sharing their expertise and letting us grow with them!
The Neuroscience of Deeper Learning
Erich Zeller from MIND kicked the event off by delivering the keynote around the neuroscience of deeper learning:
Meagan Erwin, a teacher from Columbus City Schools showed how ST Math is not just a program for independent learning. Megan shared how she brings ST Math games into classroom lessons to engage students in thinking, dicussing and evaluating strategies.
Did you know kindergartners can be game designers? Char Shryock, Curriculum Director at Bay Village Schools, Shannon Howman, a teacher at Worthington City Schools, and Renee Pappas, a teacher at Hilliard City Schools, shared how students of all grade levels are engaging in deeper learning through game design. I can't wait to see their students' entries for next year's Game-a-thon challenge!
Leveraging Technology/Social Media in the Classroom
Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology at Pickerington Local Schools, and Damicka Bates, a teacher from Pickerington Local Schools, led this presentation on using social media to connect and share learning amongst educators. In addition, we discussed how to get students communicating their math knowledge using technology.
We did a scavenger hunt with QR codes and tweeted so much (382 tweets) that at one point our hash tag was trending! You can find more of our tweets from the event using the hashtag #STMathSummit.
Attendees heard data literacy presentations from 4 different districts and discussed how to use both quantitative and qualitative data. Tom Kaczmarek, Math Curriculum Leader from Worthington City Schools, and Amy Hudson-Estepp, Educational Technologist from Franklin City Schools, led the session focused on the elementary school level. Nathan Hale, Director of Human Resources from Lancaster City Schools, and Kirk Keller, Math Coach from Pickerington Local Schools, led the session for the middle school level.
The best part was the focus was not just on what data you collect, but why you collect it and what actions you take because of it.
The day ended with a question and answer session on best practices for implementation. It was the best part of the day because it was educator driven, focused on the teachers, and filled with energy, excitement and great ideas. Current ST Math users were able to stretch their thinking to deepen their own implementation.
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About the Author
Twana is Director, Professional Development, at MIND Research Institute. Follow her on Twitter @TwanaYoung.