Educator Resources

Saturday Math

Welcome to Saturday Math, a place where teachers, administrators, curriculum enthusiasts, and other colleagues do, learn, and talk about math together. Five times each year, we meet to explore our own mathematical thinking and discuss issues related to teaching and learning mathematics. Each facilitated session consists of interactive activities and discussions, and you will go home with resources and ideas to try out in your own practice on Monday. Session topics may focus on content (e.g., Connecting Fractions, Decimals, and Percents) or pedagogy (e.g., Using Mathematical Routines) and will always provide ample opportunity to make connections to your unique practice as a teacher, coach, administrator, or as another education professional.

To register for a session, click on the link under the desired date

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Fee per session: $25*
While each section will build upon the previous one, they can be taken individually.
Eligible for CTLE hours. Documentation will be provided upon request after May 6th, 2023.
Covid-19 vaccination, a booster and masks are required for on-campus programs.

*We acknowledge that this program has historically been offered free or by donation. Relying on volunteers to develop and deliver these programs is no longer sustainable. In order to honor their expertise and deep commitment to this work, we are instituting a small fee to cover costs and ensure the program is sustainable for the foreseeable future. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to Joy Ellebbane, Director of Continuing Professional Studies at Bank Street College.

Dates and Topics for 2022-23

When does fractional thinking start? Does it ever end? Why is fraction work important? What is it about fractions that can make both adults and children cringe? How do you create a strong foundation in thinking about fractions and how do you build upon that foundation? Students engage in algebraic thinking from a very young age but they have trouble connecting what they have done in elementary school with what they are doing in their first algebra class in 8th or 9th grade. Explore strategies in these workshops  to change students’ expectations so both you and your students can become friends with fractions.

  • October 1 (on campus*): 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

    Section 1
    Manipulatives: Unorganized Mess or Helpful Learning Tool?

    Welcome back everyone!  This will be our first on-campus Saturday Math since 2020!  In honor of being together on campus, we are going to explore manipulatives.  We will be exploring what it feels like to model our thinking with manipulatives, focus in on the many uses of cuisenaire rods, and hopefully have some time to think about how to plan with manipulatives in mind.  Looking forward to seeing you.

     

    *Covid-19 vaccination, a booster if eligible, and masks are required for on-campus programs.

  • November 5 (online): 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Section 2
    Fraction Work

    This is the first of a two-part session on fractions.  As many teachers know, fractions can be a tricky topic for students.  One of the reasons fractions are difficult is because they can be used and thought about in so many different ways.  During this session, we are going to take time to dig into the different ways we use fractions.  And of course, we will be engaging in a rich math task!  Hope to see you on zoom!

  • December 3 (online): 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Section 3
    Fraction Work (continued)

    This is the last Saturday Math of 2022!  In this session, we are going to continue looking at the different ways we can view fractions.  We are going to start the session by exploring the different ways we think about fractions.  Then, we are going to explore the different forms of fractions.  We hope to see you there!

  • March 4 (online): 10:00 AM–12:00 PM

    Spring 2023
    Where Does Algebra Start?

  • May 6 (on campus*): 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

    Spring 2023
    Algebraic Thinking (continued)

    *Covid-19 vaccination and a booster are required for on-campus programs.

Nancy BuckNancy Buck is dedicated to shifting the perception of mathematics in the United States. As a mathematician who has dealt with math anxiety, she understands how math anxiety acts as a major barrier for administrators, teachers, and students. She believes that math is a beautiful and creative subject that allows people to better appreciate the world around them. She works hard to create safe spaces so that all educators and students can accept they are mathematicians just by engaging in math. Currently, Nancy is an adjunct instructor for the Bank Street Math Leadership Program. She also runs the Bank Street Saturday Math program where she supports Math Leadership teachers in developing and facilitating strong math professional development. She just finished her 11th year as a NYC teacher , so she has first hand experience about how the pandemic has impacted classroom teaching. Besides teaching in the classroom, Nancy has also spent the past 6 years coaching as a peer instructional teacher leader. She is excited to transition into full-time coaching.

Nancy was a member of Math for America from 2010-2022. She earned her M.A. in Math from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She earned her M.A.T in Math Education from Bard College. She completed the Math Leadership program at Bank Street and she graduated with an EdD in Organizational Leadership from University of Dayton. Her dissertation in practice focused on how to build math identity in elementary school teachers. Her focus, in and out of the classroom, is building math identity in people so that they can better appreciate their ability to learn and experience the beautiful world of mathematics.

History of Saturday Math

Since 1989, Bank Street faculty, current students, and graduates have run Saturday Math at Bank Street. Saturday Math invites teachers, administrators, curriculum enthusiasts, and other colleagues from the metropolitan New York area to enter the doors of Bank Street and engage in experiences that reflect the College’s progressive thinking around mathematics education.

While Saturday Math has grown and developed over time, it maintains consistent core goals. We support the development of education professionals, provide access for prospective candidates for the Leadership in Mathematics Education program, and empower current graduate students to design and facilitate powerful professional development seminars. In keeping with Bank Street’s commitment to growing community, we provide a light breakfast and space for participants to network and mingle.