Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
These workshops provide teachers with tools needed to help their students develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics. In the workshops, teachers explore a variety of Common Core aligned classroom activities to engage all students. They experience the “Standards for Mathematical Practice” and “Mathematical Teaching Practices” in action. Offerings range from short or full day workshops to intensive school-embedded coaching. Please note that workshop may be offered in a virtual format
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in these workshops or if there are specific standards that you need help addressing.
Mental math is a real-world skill that is used regularly but assessed rarely. This workshop will look at mathematical games that encourage students to think flexibly to manipulate and hold numbers in their minds. These games can be easily differentiated for learner's skill level.
Let’s play games and solve puzzles that make the kids into Pattern Detectives! Patterns are all around us, but it’s not always easy to identify and formulate them. Some patterns are visual, others are numerical, others still are made up of sounds. Identifying patterns helps children learn to generalize what they are doing and learning in mathematics in PreK through grade 12. Identifying patterns is a major component of the Standards for Mathematical Practice #7 (Look for and make use of structure) and #8 (Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning). This workshop will look at mathematical games which give students an opportunity to find different types of patterns in a non-stress environment. The games have multiple entry levels, many are language free, and can be easily differentiated for learners’ age and current performance.
Spatial skills have been shown to be a strong predictor of success in STEM fields and opportunities to develop spatial skills may even draw more students into these fields (Uttal, et al, 2013). Rotation is one of the transformations that students must have opportunities to practice in Pre-K through grade 12. This workshop will look at mathematical games and puzzles which push students' limits in rotating objects in the world around them. The games have multiple entry levels, many are language free, and can be easily differentiated for learners’ age and current performance.