On the campus of

The 2016 Algebraic Thinking Summer Conference
co-sponsored by the Florida and the Islands Regional Comprehensive Center (FLICC) and the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education was a resounding success!

Educators from various parts of Florida added to their learning base by attending Special Guest Keynotes and presentations from AIMS Facilitators on a variety of topics in mathematics.

  • Greg Tang - Presenting
  • Flicc Conference 2016
  • FLICC Conference Attendees
  • Posting Standards
  • Diane Briars - Presenting

The following sessions were covered at the conference. Files for each session can be downloaded by clicking on the title of the session.


  • 101 ELL Writing Strategies & the Math Classroom
    Writing during a math lesson is a way to deepen student learning. Listening, speaking, reading & writing language acquisition skills are not taught in isolation but rather together as the ELL student learns the second language & math content. ELL writing strategies such as the Language Experience Approach, Guided Writing & Dialogue Journal were presented.
    Presented by: Debra Mueller
  • 102 Good Questioning Techniques
    Do your questioning strategies raise student achievement, increase motivation, and develop critical thinking skills? Do your questions require more than the minimum verbal response from students? This session focused on effective questioning techniques and implementation into the classroom. Participants engaged in developing higher level thinking questions and received resources to further develop their own techniques.
    Presented by: Carmella Crawford
  • 103 Number Talks
    Number Talks foster interest, joy, and excitement in the mathematics classroom. Research says that students who have regular practice sharing their own mathematical ideas also have a good relationship with mathematics. In this session, participants practiced and became familiar with the role of the classroom teacher during a Number Talk.
    Presented by: Deb Porcarelli
  • 201 Academic Math Vocabulary & the English Language Learner (SMP 6)
    English language learners (ELLs) have the overwhelming challenge of learning a second language & learning math content simultaneously. Academic vocabulary instruction is essential to effective math learning. ELL strategies such as pre-teaching key phrases & vocabulary, creating vocabulary banks & the Frayer Model were presented.
    Presented by: Debra Mueller
  • 202 Modeling in Mathematics (SMP 4)
    The goal of this session was for participants to develop a better understanding of Math Practice #4. Participants read a newspaper article that asks the reader to find the answer to a mathematical question. Participants found the answer and then engaged in a discussion focusing on how the exercise is an example of mathematical modeling, and how it raised their level of understanding of Math Practice #4.
    Presented by: Carmella Crawford
  • 203 Making Use of Structure in Mathematics (SMP 7)
    Mathematical Practice #7, Making Use of Structure, provides insight into how we can connect previous learning and thinking to our current and future instruction. Structural characteristics allow us to examine how mathematics works. We can uncover these characteristics by experiences related to patterns an big ideas.
    Presented by: Paul Agronoff


  • 301 Algebraic Habits of the Mind
    Algebra isn't just a course, it is a strand that permeates our standards at all grade levels. The elements of algebraic habits of mind help students build on number sense and arithmetic skills to develop algebraic thinking. If we really mean "algebra for all", what strategies can we use for developing this thinking?
    Presented by: Paul Agranoff
  • 302 Creating Math Partnerships With ELL Families
    Effective strategies at all grade levels were shared to increase parental involvement utilizing the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) framework: Parenting, Communication, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision Making & Collaborating with the Community.
    Presented by: Debra Mueller
  • 303 Monitoring for Understanding
    During this breakout the participants looked at the typical use of beginning, middle, and end portions of a math period. They discussed how a teacher could use good questioning, formative assesment, and exit tickets to help them monitor their own students for math understanding.
    Presented by: Deb Porcarelli
  • 401 Problem-Based Learning in Math
    There has been a significant emphasis recently placed on teaching mathematics through "rich tasks". These tasks are fewer in number, and more cognitively complex, than the traditional problems we required students to solve. Student responses to these tasks reveal formative assessment for identifying misconceptions as well as a guide for future instruction.
    Presented by: Paul Agranoff
  • 402 Second Language Acquisition & Math Content Instruction
    How can the classroom teacher ensure their lesson is comprehensible to their English language learners? Language acquisition skill areas and what they mean to the classroom teacher in planning math instruction were explored. Cummins' Framework for Evaluating Language Demand in content activities were explored & ELL math content strategies were presented.
    Presented by: Debra Mueller
  • 403 Engaging Reluctant Learners
    How do you see your students? Do you see them as motivated learners or do they seem to be indifferent?This session focused on motivating those reluctant learners in classrooms. Discussions about the behavior behind this attitude were followed by some ideas on how to motivate students.
    Presented by: Carmella Crawford
Testimonials by Attendees


Greg TangGreg Tang

Greg Tang is the NY Times best-selling author of a series of math picture books from Scholastic that includes The Grapes of Math, Math-terpieces, and Math Appeal. He is the inventor of the popular math game Kakooma® and creator of GregTangMath.com

Diane BriarsDiane Briars
Former President, NTCM
Keynote Files

Diane Briars is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and has served in leadership roles in various other national organizations, including the College Board and the National Science Foundation.