Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Welcome

  • 02 Jan 2013 9:52 PM
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    Annie Wallace

    Evening All.  I am pleased to be able to join this book study.  I look forward to not only increasing my knowleldge form the book, but to also gain from everyone's insights, perspectives and experiences. One thing that does concern me is in keeping up with everyone's postings, but I feel that what I can learn from others is important so look forward to being part of this experience.  I also welcome the chance to get to know others.

     

    I live in the Seacoast/Exeter area of NH and work in a small district in Southern NH.  I teach intervention and remediation classes to 5th and 6th graders as well as the 8th grade Algebra I class.  I am the math facilitator  and coach for the middle school also. I am fairly new to the math coach postion so look forward to what this book study will help me greatly in helping the other teachers who teach math in my school.  We are also in the process of beginning to look at new texts as we transition into the Common Core Standards (as well as standards based teaching) I also fill a few other roles w/in the school.  

     

    Again, I thank ATOMIM for extending the invitation.

  • 03 Jan 2013 9:46 AM
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    Amy Yankee
    I am a math specialist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), providing math PD to (primarily) elementary teachers around the state. I'm excited about participating in this book study both to clarify my understanding of the CCSSM as well as to find new ways to support teachers and administrators in their implementation of the standards. I'm also intrigued by any opportunity to pull educators together from various locations into a common discussion.

    Biggest concern: Finding the time to really read and reflect on what promises to be a rich discussion among so many people.
  • 03 Jan 2013 11:32 AM
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    Wayne Dorr
    Hello to you all.  It looks like I'm the only non-math teacher in the group, but I've always had an abiding interest, even passion, about impacting mathematics knowledge in kids.  My work in our field has been devoted to curriculum management and professional development for many years as principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent (Cape Elizabeth, Wiscasset, Union 47, Kennebunk, Camden, RSU 1 ....)  I am currently taking this year off in any of these roles and spending quite a bit of my time reading, studying and discussing with a variety of colleagues, the matters of Common Core expectations, responsibilities, and how we'll get there - in the most teacher-supportive way.  I have joined this experience because I have an affinity for educators learning from each other; and my greatest hope here is to learn from all of you in matters of powerful mathematics for students.  And, maybe along the way, I can pose some questions that might stretch all of our imaginations.  I am very much looking forward to joining you all in this journey with Mr. Leinwand.  Happy 2013.
  • 03 Jan 2013 1:10 PM
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    Deleted user
    Hi There!  It's great to read through the introductions and see lots of familiar 'faces'.  

    I work for the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance as a math specialist offering PD to secondary math teachers.  

    I'm hoping that this book study will help me to get a better handle on the challenges facing leaders in math education (and solutions to these challenges).  I'm also really interested in different types of networking and pd models available in Maine.  I think that this is a great opportunity for folks from all over this big, rural state to come together!  Thanks ATOMIM.

    My greatest fear about this book study is that I will fall behind!  I work full time, am enrolled in grad school full time and have 2 small kiddos.  At the same time, I hate being bored so I'm not too worried.
  • 03 Jan 2013 8:39 PM
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    Denise Masalsky
    I teach 2nd grade. I teach all subjects but math is my favorite! I am also part of our district math vertical team and I sometimes do PD in district. I am excited to be part of this group. I am always looking for new ideas and new ways to discuss those ideas with colleagues. My fear is the same as many others. Finding the time to respond in a timely manner.
  • 03 Jan 2013 8:51 PM
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    Deleted user
    Hi All!
    My name is Gillian and I teach Pre-k in Caribou.  I have been teaching in Caribou at this level for almost 10 years and I have been part of several committees, work groups, etc, looking for the answer to teaching math at the elementary levels.
    I would like to leave this book study with a greater understanding of teaching math at the elementary level and throughout the career of a typical Maine student, as well as learning more about the Common Core, specifically in math.
  • 04 Jan 2013 5:34 PM
    Reply # 1171973 on 1150285
    Deleted user
    Hello all!

    I teach grade 3 at Paris Elementary School in Paris, Maine. I am hoping to gain from this book study more knowledge of the Common Core and how to implement these changes into my classroom. I am also looking for ideas on how to share the information with my grade level partners. My biggest concern is keeping with the assignments during report card time.

  • 05 Jan 2013 12:42 PM
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    Cecile Carlton

    Hi Everyone,

    So much talent out there to learn from.  For introductions, I am on the Executive Board of NHTM (New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics) and am awaiting the arrival of the book.  To date I am retired from the Nashua School District where I served as the Mathematics and Science Curriculum Supervisor (prior to that I taught Grade 8 Math and High School Math).

    In retirement I also adjunct at Rivier University, teaching pre-service teachers and provide PD for teachers at several school districts in NH.

    I am anxious to participate in this study - CCSS is what is happening now and it is important to stay involved and informed.  With current technologies it is exciting to be able to be involved with so many other dedicated educators.

    My fear is the same as others - even though I am retired there are many days where I am not sure where the time has gone as I am involved in readings, planning PD activities and enjoying my granddaughters.

    Looking forward to this learning experience!

  • 05 Jan 2013 1:01 PM
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    Bobbie Polland

    Thanks to ATOMIM for offering this opportunity to interact and share with so many educators across the state.  Reading the introductions, I am not seeing a strong representation of special educators in the group. 


    I join as a special education teacher at Oxford Elementary School in Oxford, Maine, and am excited to have a group of very experienced colleagues at my school that are also joining the discussion.  This is my second year as a teacher after leaving my past life in the business world.  I am currently teaching math and reading in the resource room to upper elementary students with special needs. 


    As the Common Core is implemented in our district, special educators are being asked to write goals for students based on grade level expectations of the Common Core including supports to assist in accessing the standards at the students’ grade level.  So if a fifth grader is working at the second or third grade level, that raises the bar significantly.  I hope to gain a better understanding of the Common Core and how to meet the instructional needs of my students while incorporating Common Core expectations.

  • 07 Jan 2013 8:07 AM
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    Michele Charette
    Hello everyone.  I have worked at Medway Middle School for 20 years. I am currently a 7th & 8th grade Math teacher.  I also work with students in those grades that are Algebra ready.  My greatest hope is to be able to collaborate with others and expand my knowledge in teaching the common core.  My biggest fear is time and attention to the work in this study.

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