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2016-2017 Mathematics Workshops

For Middle School Teachers

arranged by Joseph G. Rosenstein

sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ)

with the cooperation of DIMACS, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science,

and the Rutgers Department of Mathematics


Overview:

Would you like to:
- Better prepare your students for NJ's statewide assessments?
- Engage your students in the lessons that you teach?

- Learn more mathematics content that is relevant to your classroom?
- Incorporate standards-based hands-on activities that motivate your students?
- Relate what you are doing in the classroom to "real world" applications?

Eighteen, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for middle school math teachers are offered during the 2016-2017 school year. These workshops address a broad range of topics that are applicable to all curricula taught by grades 6-8 teachers of mathematics.

These workshops are sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey (AMTNJ) with the cooperation of DIMACS (the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) and the Rutgers Department of Mathematics.

All workshops are connected to New Jersey's state standards in mathematics. All of these workshops will help you better prepare students for the statewide assessments and provide the resources and knowledge that you need to generate new and exciting standards-based lessons.

All workshops are full-day workshops at which participants will earn six (6) professional development hours. All workshops will take place on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Participants may attend single or multiple workshops in any order.

The fee for each full-day workshop is $195. Discounts are available for multiple registrations on a single purchase order.

Although some workshops address overlapping issues, teachers who attend multiple workshops will benefit from experiencing the different approaches workshop leaders have to helping students meet the challenges of the state standards and assessments. Our instructors are among the most experienced and respected workshop leaders in the state. The workshop topics are based on feedback and recommendations from New Jersey teachers and administrators.

You will leave these workshops with valuable tools to motivate your students, stimulate their curiosity, and promote a more positive attitude towards mathematics.

Workshop Titles (in chronological order):
(scroll down for workshop descriptions, in alphabetical order)
(all workshops begin at 9:00 am)


  • Block Scheduling: Problems and Solutions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 (Code: W-11-14-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

  • Probability 101, Grades 7-12
    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (Code: W-11-15-16)
    Presenter: Doug Smith

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 (Code: W-11-17-16)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz

  • Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders, Grades K-12
    Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Code: W-11-18-16)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

  • Do You Speak Fractions, Grades 3-6
    Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Code: W-01-11-17)
    Presenter: Pamela Brett


  • A Visual Approach to Algebra, Grades 6-10
    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 (Code: W-01-12-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Methods for Engaging Middle School Math Students with Technology, Grades 6-8
    Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Code: W-01-18-17)
    Presenter: Pamela Brett


  • A Visual Approach to Geometry, Grades 6-10
    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 (Code: W-01-19-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Differentiating Math Instruction, Grades 6-8
    Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 (Code: W-01-23-17)
    Presenter: June Kelley


  • Integrating Algebra and Geometry, Grades 6-10
    Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (Code: W-01-25-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Our District is Now One-to-One -- How Do I Incorporate Technology into the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 6-12
    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (Code: W-02-21-17)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala


  • Writing PARCC-Like Questions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (Code: W-02-22-17)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala

  • Making Connections with the Real World in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Classrooms, Grades 8-12
    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 (Code: W-02-23-17)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala

  • Math & Technology: Perfect Together -- Integrating the New Standards Using Technology, Grades 6-8
    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 (Code: W-03-23-17)
    Presenter: June Kelley


  • All Students Need Statistics! Are You Prepared to Teach Them Under the New Standards, Grades 8-12
    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Code: W-04-12-17)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • Formative Assessment, Productive Struggle, and Student Discourse, Grades 6-12
    Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 (Code: W-04-14-17)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • Simple Hands-on Activities for Sixth through Ninth Grade Math Students
    Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 (Code: W-04-24-17)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg


  • Inspiring K-8 Students to Love Math
    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Code: W-04-25-17)
    Presenter: June Kelley

  • Visualizing Fractions!, Grades 5-8
    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Code: W-04-27-17)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg





Workshop Descriptions (in alphabetical order):


  • All Students Need Statistics! Are You Prepared to Teach Them Under the New Standards?

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Code: W-04-12-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Neil D. Cooperman
    Audience: Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    New Jersey's Mathematics Standards require all students to know the equivalent of three-quarters of a course in AP Statistics. Students will be called upon to demonstrate their knowledge of statistics on the assessments administered during the 2014-2015 school year.  Incoming freshmen, and possibly the current rising sophomores, will be the first assessed. Are you and your students ready? Do you have the knowledge and the pedagogical tools necessary to meet this expectation? This hands-on workshop will serve as an introduction and overview of what you need to know about Statistics and New Jersey's Matheamtics Standards and how you can teach it so your students will be prepared.

  • Block Scheduling: Problems and Solutions, Grades 6-12

    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016 (Code: W-11-14-16)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    There are numerous and varied scheduling designs that accommodate students’ needs. This workshop will explore the variety of Block designs, their corresponding advantages/disadvantages, and strategies that will likely maximize their effectiveness. We will explore some of those more effective strategies/techniques that ultimately will help maximize student learning. Sample lessons will be provided and sharing among participants will be encouraged.

  • Differentiating Math Instruction, Grades 6-8

    Date: Monday, January 23, 2017 (Code: W-01-23-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: June Kelley
    Audience: Grades 6-8 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Within one’s own family, children learn differently. How can anyone expect an entire classroom of children to succeed in mathematics being taught using one learning style? Yet, as a human being, how can a teacher juggle so many students with so many learning styles during a short period of time? This workshop is designed for teachers to use strategies to enable students to reach their greatest potential in mathematical success and make the classroom a manageable environment to promote this success.

  • Do You Speak Fractions?

    Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (Code: W-01-11-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Pamela Brett
    Audience: Grade 3-6 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Are fractions like a foreign language in your classroom? Participants will explore the progression of fraction concepts as outlined in the CCSS. Hands on activities will deepen your conceptual knowledge of fractions and will in turn improve your students' fraction fluency.

  • Formative Assessment, Productive Struggle, and Student Discourse, Grades 6-12

    Date: Friday, April 14, 2017 (Code: W-04-14-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Neil D. Cooperman
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Sitting quietly, taking careful and assiduous notes, and being abjectly attentive only works for about one-third of our students. Far more of our students can understand and retain the learning if they are engaged in a dynamic and interactive classroom environment. This session will explore techniques and strategies that will help you to transform your classroom, reduce your workload, and improve your students’ results through enhanced pedagogical approaches that address the Mathematical Practices.

  • Inspiring K-8 Students to Love Math

    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (Code: W-04-25-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: June Kelley
    Audience: Grade K-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Do you hear groans when math is mentioned? Do your students seem to have ALL been absent the day you taught certain lessons? We’ve all experienced this lack of attention, enthusiasm, and dismay, but it does not have to be this way. This workshop focuses on ways to bring back the natural fun and wonder of math. Not only will your students enjoy mathematics, they will have more success with the strategies learned and used in this workshop.

  • Integrating Algebra and Geometry

    Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 (Code: W-01-25-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    So… you are teaching an Algebra class this year and you are thinking of integrating some Geometry into it; or, you are teaching a Geometry class and expect to integrate some algebra into it; or, you are teaching both Algebra and Geometry classes and you are wondering if there is a DIMACS workshop out there that will help unify both. Well, that is the intent of this workshop – to provide helpful techniques, strategies, and numerous lessons that help attain that goal. A major thrust will include the idea of visualizing the connections – from pattern recognition to modeling transformations, with applications that will help realize the integration. Join us in helping to bring about this unification for yourself.

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions

    Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 (Code: W-11-17-16)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Asking questions such as “Is that your final answer?”, “How do you know?”  and “Easy, Medium, Hard?” encourages students to increase their self-awareness along with their math confidence, performance, and comprehension.  This workshop will include CCSS Standards especially #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) and #6 (attend to precision).  We will design and demo inquiries using PARCC samples and other released items to inspire classroom dialogue, lesson plans and student learning.

  • Making Connections with the Real World in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Classrooms

    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2016 (Code: W-02-23-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Modeling in the mathematics classroom help students understand the importance of mathematics in the real world.  Teachers will review real world problem sets, labs that simulate real world experiences, and learn to take real world situations and develop their own problems.  STEM lessons using topics from Algebra 1, Geometry, and / or Algebra 2 will also be provided. It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and graphing calculators.

  • Math & Technology: Perfect Together – Integrating the New Standards Using Technology, Grades 6-8

    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 (Code: W-03-23-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: June Kelley
    Audience: Grade 6-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    There is more to technology than video games. When students are challenged to use mathematics in meaningful ways, they develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills and come to realize the potential usefulness of mathematics in their lives. Integrating technology and mathematics in the classroom is important when trying to provide students with experiences that promotes 21st century learning. This workshop is a hands-on, interactive workshop that will provide participants with activities to use immediately in their classrooms. This workshop is geared to the standards set for middle school students in the new core curriculum standards. Please bring an iPad or laptop if possible.

  • Methods for Engaging Middle School Math Students with Technology

    Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 (Code: W-01-18-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Pamela Brett
    Audience: Grades 6-8 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    The participants will learn strategies for getting students engaged with mathematics while incorporating technology in the classroom. Activities will include web-based games, apps, and powerful tools that teachers can use the next day.

  • Our District is Now One-to-One -- How Do I Incorporate Technology into the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 6-12

    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (Code: W-02-21-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Many districts are 1-1 districts, and now math teachers struggle with how to incorporate their devices into their daily lesson plans.  This session will expose teachers to Google folders, learning management systems, online discussions, online manipulatives, apps, and useful websites.   GeoGebra is a great free online tool. Learning a few basic features in GeoGebra can turn many lessons into inquiry-based learning activities. Please download GeoGebra prior to attending this workshop. Teachers will create online assessments.  Teachers will learn to create online portfolios. It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and graphing calculators.

  • Probability 101

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (Code: W-11-15-16)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Doug Smith
    Audience: Grades 7-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    As its title suggests, the purpose of this session is to provide an introduction to probability for those who have never learned it, as well as for those who did learn some probability, but have not used their knowledge fruitfully for many years. We will focus on some of the misconceptions that people, including your students and their parents,, have about probability situations. For example, if you toss a coin and get nine heads in a row, most people believe that the probability that the next toss will be heads is low.

  • Simple Hands-on Activities for Sixth through Ninth Grade Math Students

    Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 (Code: W-04-24-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 6-9 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    It’s been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results—ready to try something different? In this workshop, rather than beginning with definitions, formulas, and equations, we begin with hands-on activities that inspire those definitions, formulas, and equations. Let’s stop putting the cart before the horse. Most middle and high school mathematics begins with an abstraction—we write down a ratio, and then go through some kind of mathematical manipulation (perhaps we cross multiply) to arrive at an answer. We draw lines and begin talking about slope and intercept. We show students how to “solve” word problems. We give students formulas that appear out of the blue. How well have these approaches worked for you? If they haven’t been as effective as you’ve wished, join us for something a bit different.

  • Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders, Grades K-12

    Date: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Code: W-11-18-16)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia
    Audience: Grades K-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    How can Math teachers be supported on their journey to provide quality learning for their students? This workshop will help participants explore various support structures that will help attain the above goal. If you are new to math leadership, this session will help you clarify this enormous task and help you gain confidence as to where to begin. If you are experienced, this session will help you rethink the menu and your training. Ultimately, you will improve as a knowledgeable practitioner, capable of using your extensive math understanding and teaching experiences to help children from varied cultural backgrounds become convincing mathematicians.

  • A Visual Approach to Algebra, Grades 6-10

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 (Code: W-01-12-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors, Special Education Teachers

    Why do many students forget their Algebra from June to September, from Friday to Monday, from Monday to Tuesday, …  This workshop will help teachers “see” why students forget and to develop a more visually based lesson format. It will help students, including SE & ELL – make an effective transition from the concrete/visual to the abstract. The emphasis will be on applying the PAW process: P is for Pictures, A is for Abstract, and W is for Words. Strip (or bar) models help highlight this process.  Also presented will be ample hands-on lessons that will help teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards.  Bring a graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • A Visual Approach to Geometry, Grades 6-10

    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 (Code: W-01-19-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 6-10 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors, Special Education Teachers

    Help students remember their Geometry well beyond their school years.  Procedures are easily forgotten whereas conceptual understanding can be transferred more easily to new situations. This workshop will allow teachers to help students experience and “see” geometric relationships through numerous hands-on activities that will help students, including SE & ELL – make an effective transition from the concrete/visual to the abstract.  Geometry/Algebra connections and PARCC sample problems also will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards.  Bring laptop and travel drive.

  • Visualizing Fractions!

    Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Code: W-04-27-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grade 4-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Fraction mathematics is one of the most challenging topics for middle school students. In fact, there is a substantial body of research that asserts that a poor understanding of fraction mathematics is the best indicator of a poor understanding of algebraic concepts. In this day long workshop we will address strategies in teaching fractions from the Fraction ThinkBook: Bridging the Fraction-Algebra Gap. The methods used are visual and conceptual and seek to build student comprehension and mathematical intuition rather than techniques that focus on memorization or rote learning. We’ll also take a look at a few challenging problems involving ratio, proportion, decimals and percentages. This workshop addresses CORE concepts!

  • Writing PARCC-Like Questions, Grades 6-12

    Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (Code: W-02-22-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Questioning is an essential part of the teaching profession.  Teachers in the classroom informal assess their students every day.  Formal assessment questions do not have to be difficult for students to answer if students answer those types of questions every day.  In this session, teachers in grades 6-12 will learn to write PARCC-Like Questions, which include assessing content standards at greater depths of understanding, rigorous single / multi-select multiple-choice questions, and question items that require strategic and extended thinking to use in their daily lessons. The newly written questions will fall under the various levels of the Depth of Knowledge chart.  It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and their curriculum guides.




  • Registration Information 

    PAYMENT INFORMATION

    To encourage implementation at your school, we are offering discounts to schools or districts that send multiple registrations on a single purchase order and to individuals who sign up for four (4) or more workshops.

    1-3 Workshop Registrations = $195 each

    4-9 Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $165 each (15% discount)

    10 or more Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $145 (25% discount)

    Workshop fees include all materials.

    Payment may be made by purchase order or personal check; purchase orders and/or checks should be made out to AMTNJ (Association of Mathematics Teachers of NJ). Admittance to the workshop may be denied if no payment method is submitted by the day of the workshop or if billing information is not completed.

    Registration Information

    You can register by:

    Phone:  

    (732) 788-1257 from Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

    Online:  

    http://tinyurl.com/rutgersamtnj

    FAX:  

    FAX Registration Form to (732) 399-5388, 24-hours a day.

    Mail:  

    Send Registration Form to:

    AMTNJ/DIMACS K-12 Math Workshops
    PO Box 264
    Bay Head, NJ 08742

    Once your registration is received, you will receive an email confirmation letter at least 10 days before your workshop; attached to this letter will be a map, directions, and parking information.

    If you have not received a confirmation letter 10 days prior to your workshop, please call 732-788-1257 to confirm that your registration has been received and that the workshop is going to take place.

    Please do not assume that your district is registering for you; they often fail to notify us that teachers are planning to attend. Please register with us and tell us that your district will be sending additional materials
    ; we will then be able to send you a confirmation letter.

    Click here for Registration Form

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    Cancellation Policy

    A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per registration) will be issued to the appropriate party if this office is notified in writing at least five (5) business days prior to the workshop date. If you cancel within five (5) business days, or if neither you nor a substitute attend the workshop without notifying us, no refund will be issued.

    All workshops are subject to cancellation for insufficient enrollment.

    To obtain further information about other programs, call 732-788-1257 or visit the AMTNJ website at http://www.amtnj.org