NCTM Orlando Regional Conference 2017

Redefining Mathematics Pedagogy with Contextual Tasks & Technology

October 19th, 2017

Thank you for joining me for some math geekery at the NCTM Orlando Regional Conference! Please feel free to utilize the resources related to each day below for your future use. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out in the future!

Making Math Contextual, Visual and Concrete

Before jumping into the task, we discussed the two groups of students I (unintentionally) created in my class and the possible commonalities between students in both groups.

We also spent some time discussing the problem with rushing to the algorithm and used the Keurig Instant Coffee Maker commercial as a prime example of the rush to the algorithm.

The task explored during this session was the Stacking Paper 3 Act Math Task:

Stacking Paper [3 Act Math Task]

How many packages of paper will it take to reach the ceiling?


Stacking Paper - 3 Act Math Task - Real World Math
Summary & Resources

We also extended the previous task discussing how we can take context and use it to extend thinking in other areas. Here’s that task:

Although we didn’t get this far, there is a third extension that can be helpful for an inquiry that lands on the formula for slope of a linear relation:


During the session, we used Knowledgehook Gameshow to share out the thinking of the participants. Here’s a post explaining the tool, although they have added many more features since:

If you’re in a Chromebook school, you might consider using Google Sites as an option to deliver this task:

Access Google Site

You can also read a blog post about creating interactive tasks with Google Sites here:

I shared a Google Doc with a couple additional options as well such as Desmos Custom Activity Builder, Knowledgehook Gameshow, Recap! and GoFormative.


I hope you enjoyed the professional learning today at NCTM Orlando Regionals as much as I did! Looking forward to learning with you all again sometime in the future!