Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Facilitating Team Time at NCTM’s INNOV8

photo-1NCTM launched their first Innov8 conference focused on Supporting Struggling Learners. I had an awesome opportunity to meet with motivated school teams that attended this conference to be inspired and focus on a solution-oriented action plan!


Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Keynote at the 25th Annual Teacher Researcher Conference

Creating a Multiplier Effect through Teacher Researchers—Tapping into the Geniuses & Scholars in our Schools



Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Analyzing Student Work &Math Authority and Agency

IMG_9285Analyzing student work provide us with an understanding of how students develop conceptual understanding and what misconceptions and partial understanding  exist at different learning points.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

GMU IMMERSION Team Presents at the SIAM Education Conference


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Saturday, October 1

Implementing Mathematical Modeling in the Elementary Grades and Beyond

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Room: Assembly E – Fifth Level

Mathematical modeling is an important topic of study and mathematical practice in the newly adopted Common Core State Standards in grades K-12. This symposium will engage the SIAM audience in considering ways in which early introduction to mathematical modeling can promote computational thinking. Brief presentations from a team of mathematicians, math educators, teachers and undergraduate STEM scholars will demonstrate how they collaborated on Mathematical Modeling tasks in the early grades. They will share case studies of how MM enhanced the teaching and learning of mathematics by bringing in the real world context to students and enriched the learning environment.

Organizer: Jennifer M. Suh
George Mason University, USA
Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
George Mason University, USA

9:30-9:55 Mathematical Modeling with Inservice Teacher Education abstract
Spencer Jamieson, Fairfax County Public School, USA; Jennifer M. Suh and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University, USA
10:00-10:25 Teachers Roles in Promoting Mathematical Modeling in the Classroom abstract
MaryAnne Rossbach, Fairfax County Public School, USA; Kathleen Matson, George Mason University, USA
10:30-10:55 Undergraduate Stem Scholars Inspiring Young Math Modelers abstract
Kathleen McClane, George Mason University, USA; Liz Taylor, Fairfax County Public School, USA
11:00-11:25 Mathematical Modeling to Promote 21st Century Skills and Computational Thinking abstract   Jennifer M. Suh and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, George Mason University, USA

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Seminal research on teacher pd

Teacher knowledge studies pdf

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Family of Problems


Family of Problems is dedicated to building a warehouse of creative, interactive, flexible problems for innovative math teachers. All the problems within this site have been successfully used by experienced math teachers in the classroom. Problems are grouped in threes based upon related content and learning concepts. Each problem is documented with a front door, lesson plan, and black line master; and links to its two closely related problems. The problems are listed below organized by grade level, big idea, and alphabetic order. Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


April 2016

GMU COMPLETE hosted a booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Math Science and Technology


Math modeling, scientific modeling and computational thinking brings the standards together in brilliant ways!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Presentation in Korea-Math Modeling in the Middle Grades




Barbie and Rescue Hero Bungee Jumping Task


Footprint problem revealed!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016


IMPACT Connections
Problems Powerpoints & Materials  
Instructional Practices
Resources &
About Project IMPACT:

The purpose of Project IMPACT, Improving Mathematical Practices via Algebraic Connections and Technology in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, is to create a collaborative network for knowledge development in mathematics teaching and learning. It provides a forum for teachers to collaboratively plan lessons, exchange best instructional practices and effective uses of tech-knowledgy tools to design instructional tasks that promote algebraic conceptual thinking. Teacher collaboration enhances their professional practice which then affects students’ learning. This project is led by Dr. Jennifer Suh and Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer at George Mason University through grants funded by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia.

Why algebra as the focus?

Algebra has typically been considered a high school course and often called the gateway course to graduation. However, algebra is no longer a middle and high school course, but a prominent strand in the k-8 curriculum. In fact, according to the MATH Now initiative, aimed at advancing math education in elementary and middle school, the Secretary of Education, Margret Spellings stated,

“To compete in the global economy, you must know math. Therefore it is more important than ever that our students receive solid math instruction in the early grades to prepare them to take and pass Algebra and other challenging courses in middle school and high school.”

By introducing algebraic reasoning as a study of patterns, functions and relationships, students gain access to algebraic investigations early in the elementary grades, which can demystify algebra and build foundational building blocks for more formalized study of algebra in middle and high school. Research has shown greatest impact of technology on algebra activity with middle and secondary level students in understanding and visualizing graphical representations of symbolic forms through the use of graphing calculators, computer algebra systems and other software programs (Kieren, 2007).

Working with preservice and inservice teachers, this collaborative network will build on the knowledge necessary for teaching.

Situated in practice based dilemma, teachers collaboratively design instruction that promote students’ mathematical proficiency.

Website by Dr. Jennifer Suh
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
email: jsuh4@gmu.edu
link to Dr. Suh’s website: http://mason.gmu.edu/~jsuh4

Mentoring Network for IMPACT in Mathematics Teaching and Learning

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