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ID: 50956 Type: Roundtable
  1. Barba Patton and Teresa LeSage Clements, University of Houston-Victoria, United States

Monday, March 6 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Location: Creekside I View on map

Presider: Wei-Fan Chen, The Pennsylvania State University, United States

Abstract: Today, it is absolutely essential students be taught to have the knowledge and power of words. Almost every state faces accountability tests. Like it or not, these grades result in students being tracked and placed in various classes. Tracking in the US is informally done. It does exist and sadly can determine the type of higher education available to the student. Our goal is to keep all doors open for the students and they can enter any track of higher education they wish. We will analyze the released states questions from several states. Many words have numerous meaning to add to the student’s confusion. Patton (2016) found an average of 250 words on the Texas which could create difficulties in the math section alone. True it may not be 250 unique words but if the student did not know the word in problem 1, he/she will not know it in problem 6.We have many teaching ideas how to make words come alive. Participates will be able to earn 3.5 CPEs.


The intended goals for workshop are that the teachers will be able to return to their respective classroom with ideas and skills to teach students how to prepare for the high stakes testing. It is hoped that each teacher will become more skilled to help lower anxiety when faced with preparing and teaching their students. While much of the initial information and examples are from math sections of the high stakes tests, it is our sincere hope and goal that all participates will be able to transfer the knowledge gained to their own content areas in their classrooms. Thus the ultimate goal is we are able to share teaching ideas, techniques, and strategies in order that students of all grade levels will be able to master the tests.

Topical Outline

Outline: • Intro/interest groups • Background /reasons for workshop • Illustrate vocabulary pitfalls for students • Techers will access multi-states achievement tests. • Presenters will demonstrate multi definitions (in English, as well as other cultures) problems (in English, as well as other cultures) • Presenters will teach the participants ways to motivate students and peak their interest to learn. This will be with individual tasks and with role playing activities. • Audience will spend time developing strategies • Teachers will develop sample e-folio to be used in their classroom • Teachers will share • Teachers will then do Q & A Presenters will be work with each participate as much as possible Audience needs to bring: BYOL, memory stick, scissors and markers.


Teachers in the field seeking additional knowledge to help students master high stakes state acheivement tests.

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Barba Aldis Patton, professor of math education at University of Houston- Victoria. She presents at international, national, state and local conferences each year. She was an invited speaker at the Oxford Roundtable in Oxford UK. She serves on Editor National Social Science Association Journal and Editor in Chief International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education. She has a key note speaker at the London international Conference of Education and at the World Congress for special Needs. She has served on numerous boards for the advancement of math education and is the founder of the Crossroads Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators.


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