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Elementary Family Math Festivals

Come join us for some family math fun!  Wildwood hosted the first of the elementary family math festivals on October 14th, and it was a HUGE HIT!  The Wildwood Auditorium was packed with students in kindergarten through fifth-grade, along with their parents and siblings.  The math theme of the night was Number Sense, and students…

What’s a POM?

Problem of the Month (POM) The tri-school teaching staff attended a professional development session led by elementary specialists, Sarah Kingston and Jessica Roine, on Problem of the Month, an approach to providing differentiation for math problem-solving.  All students in kindergarten through fifth grade at all three elementary sites will be working on Level A of…

K-12 Math Teachers Unite

Elementary math specialists and secondary math teachers came together at the Professional Development day to learn several key math instructional practices presented by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI).  These math practices, which include Problem of the Month, math talks, and a variety of assessments, given before, during, and after a math unit, are key…

Literacy Learning Abounds!

On October 13th, K-12 teachers participated in a full morning of professional development to support their Common Core Literacy instruction.  Cheryl Wozniak led teachers of all grade levels and content areas in a session that focused on three key literacy strategies: interactive read-aloud, shared reading, and close reading.  Teachers had an opportunity to hear an…

Music Notes Math Sensation at PMS

On Tuesday October 7th, PMS students enjoyed three grade-level concerts performed by the fabulous Mr. QUE, Mr. D, and Jimmy​ P​ of Music Notes.  The math educator rappers taught students about integers, the order of operations, graphing in the coordinate plane, the area of a triangle​, and more​​, encouraging all kids to be a ​”math sensation”. …

The “Counterfeit Bill” Math Problem

According to George Polya, famous mathematician, “A problem is not a problem if you can solve it in 24 hours.”  This month, over 200 PUSD 5th graders, their teachers, and parents were given a math problem that they continued to debate, long after 24 hours had passed.  Give it a try and see what answer…

Piloting Math Curriculum K-8

This year PUSD is undergoing the process of adopting math curriculum that aligns to the Common Core Math Standards.  An essential part of the process is piloting new instructional materials.  To start the year, K-2 math teachers are piloting EDM4, the Common Core version of Everyday Math, our current math adoption.  Teachers in 3rd, 4th,…

Hour of Code, for Teachers

Last year over half of PUSD students participated in the Hour of Code, an introduction to programming and computational thinking. As part of the Education Speaker Series, Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, will be talking about coding, how it compliments our math and science instruction, what free curriculum available, and will walk us through some…

Summer Professional Development

The Summer of 2014 was a busy time for many teachers and administrators!  PUSD faculty members attended a variety of professional development sessions, including a week-long institute hosted by the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and attended by teachers and administrators at all levels, 3 days of SpringBoard training attended by PMS math teachers, and a…