Fostering a Positive School Culture

Re-JOY-ning the Math Class! - Math Openers and Routines to Build MATH Positivity in Your Classroom

April 5, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Marcie Abramson, Ed.M., Educational Consultant, AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
Building students' spirit, their sense of safety, and their willingness to engage in productive struggle are high priorities in our mathematics classrooms right now. This webinar is for elementary teachers of mathematics who are excited to humanize the math classroom with thoughtful openers, games, and routines in order to bring positivity, joy, and life to math lessons. This webinar will provide examples of many tasks that blend the practice of mathematics with the social and emotional learning needs of students. Rejoin the world of math and discover the building blocks to develop a truly positive and discourse-rich mathematics classroom.

About the Speaker
Marcie Abramson, Ed.M., has worked in mathematics education for the past 30 years. In that time, Marcie taught middle school mathematics and served as the mathematics curriculum coordinator in Boston area schools. She received both her Ed.M. in Mathematics Education and her BS, Summa Cum Laude, from Boston University. Marcie is passionate about equity and access for all learners, concentrating in best practices for K-9 classrooms in differentiated instruction, mathematical discourse, blending the content and practice standards, and building a joyful and curious math experience for all learners. She is a sought-after consultant and workshop presenter at the local and national level, presenting at NCTM and its affiliates throughout the country.  Additionally, Marcie is an adjunct professor at Brandeis University where she teaches Elementary Mathematics Methods in the Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT) as well as teaching Explorations in Mathematics to undergraduates in the Mathematics Department. She has written numerous publications including Painless Math Word Problems (Barrons 2010, 2001). Marcie was elected to the Massachusetts Mathematics Teacher Hall of Fame in 2018.

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MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

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Marcie Abramson, Ed.M.

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