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2017-2018 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?

Seventeen, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for middle school math teachers are offered during the 2017-2018 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 $205 ($10 discount for each online registration). 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)


  • Introduction to Technology in the Elementary and Middle School Math Classroom, Grades K-8
    Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Code: W-11-07-17)
    Presenter: Nicole Ealey


  • Tips for Math Coaches, Math Supervisors, and Math Leaders, Grades K-12
    Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Code: W-11-29-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia

  • Nothing But Desmos, Grades 8-12
    Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Code: W-12-14-17)
    Presenter: Eric Milou

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions, Grades 6-12
    Date: Friday, December 15, 2017 (Code: W-12-15-17)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz

  • Examining Rich Problems and Tasks Via Video, Grades 6-12
    Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Code: W-01-11-18)
    Presenter: Eric Milou

  • Using Performance Assessment to Meet the Demands of the NJ Math Standards, Grades 7-12
    Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 (Code: W-01-19-18)
    Presenter: Liz Marquez


  • A Visual-Spatial Approach to Achieving Success in Algebra, Grades 7-9
    Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (Code: W-01-24-18)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Lesson Study, Grades K-12
    Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (Code: W-02-13-18)
    Presenter: Makoto Yoshida


  • Utilizing Desmos to Strengthen Classroom Instruction, Grades 7-9
    Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 (Code: W-02-16-18)
    Presenter: Nicole Ealey


  • Creating Your Own 3-Act Mathematical Tasks, Grades 6-12
    Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Code: W-02-20-18)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala


  • Rethinking Math Lessons, Assessment, & Homework with Technology, Grades 6-12
    Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Code: W-02-21-18)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala

  • Creating Mathematical Stations, Grades 6-12
    Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Code: W-02-22-18)
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala


  • Geometry Today, Grades 8-12
    Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2108 (Code: W-04-10-18)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • Formative Assessment, Productive Struggle, and Student Discourse, Grades 6-12
    Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Code: W-04-12-18)
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman


  • A Survey of Vertex-Edge Graphs, Grades 6-12
    Date: Friday, April 30, 2018 (Code: W-04-30-18)
    Presenter: June Kelley

  • Visualizing Fractions!, Grades 4-8
    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Code: W-04-24-18)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg

  • Simple Hands-on Activities for Sixth through Ninth Grade Math Students
    Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 (Code: W-04-27-18)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg






Workshop Descriptions (in alphabetical order):


  • Creating Mathematical Stations, Grades 6-12

    Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018 (Code: W-02-22-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Is your classroom student centered? How can a teacher reach every student every class period?  Mathematical stations allow teachers to reach every student.  What do these stations look like in a middle or high school mathematics classroom?  Learning and assessment stations encourage students to be responsible for their own learning. Students are more engaged in the lesson.  Participants will discover the best resources for creating learning stations. Participants will learn how to implement learning and assessment stations in their own classroom. 

  • Creating Your Own 3-Act Mathematical Tasks, Grades 6-12

    Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (Code: W-02-20-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Engaging mathematical tasks are accessible for all learners.  These are low floor – high ceiling problems.  They involve everyday real world tasks, multiple approaches, and collaboration.  Good tasks provide opportunities for extensions. Participants will identify meaningful 3-act tasks and why they are effective in the classroom.  Creating a 3-act mathematical task is as easy as 1-2-3.  Participants are encouraged to bring a smartphone or video camera and their laptop so that every group can create their own 3-act mathematical task.   

  • Examining Rich Problems and Tasks Via Video, Grades 6-12

    Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 (Code: W-01-11-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Eric Milou
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    This session will examine rich problems and tasks that are generated via pictures and video (rather than words on the papers) and demonstrate how such media can lead to rich discourse, motivation, and deeper mathematical understanding.

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

    Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018 (Code: W-04-12-18)
    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.

  • Geometry Today

    Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 (Code: W-04-10-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Neil Cooperman
    Audience: Grade K-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Appearing soon.

  • Introduction to Technology in the Elementary and Middle School Math Classroom, Grades K-8

    Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 (Code: W-11-07-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Nicole Ealey
    Audience: Grade K-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Are you a bit new to using technology in the classroom and are feeling overwhelmed? This workshop is designed to help teachers that have limited technology experience in the classroom. This workshop will help teachers understand how to use "flipped classroom" lessons, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Forms, and fun and engaging Math Apps that your students can use.

  • Is That Your Final Answer? Developing Mathematical Thinking with Questions, Grades 6-12

    Date: Friday, December 15, 2017 (Code: W-12-15-17)
    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.

  • Lesson Study, Grades K-12

    Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (Code: W-02-13-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Makoto Yoshida
    Audience: Grades K-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Lesson study is a process of professional learning that Japanese teachers engage in continuously throughout their careers to examine systematically their instructional methods, teaching content and curriculum, as well as the process of learning and understanding of their students, in order to achieve their educational goals.  Lesson Study was introduced to the US in late 1990’s and is now practiced in many countries.  In this session, teachers will get a basic overview of lesson study, learn how to conduct lesson study effectively in schools, how to motivate the participating teachers, and how to sustain lesson study once it has been started.  Lesson Study is one of the most effective PLC models available to schools to improve teaching and learning collaboratively and systematically.

  • Nothing But Desmos, Grades 8-12

    Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017 (Code: W-12-14-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Eric Milou
    Audience: Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Come enjoy this workshop on the free online graphing calculator desmos.  We will explore all of its features from animating objects and functions, creating lessons and assessments and even exploring the link between art and math.

  • Rethinking Math Lessons, Assessment, and Homework with Technology, Grades 6-12

    Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Code: W-02-21-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Dianna Sopala
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Participants will learn to build activities in Desmos, Google, and GeoGebra.  They will use Google forms and Flubaroo for creating assessments and homework assignments. Teachers will learn to create online discussions, use online manipulatives, use math apps, and explore some key websites.    Technology can turn ordinary lessons into inquiry-based learning activities. Participants will create lessons, online assessments, and homework assignments.   It is suggested that teachers bring their laptops and graphing calculators.

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

    Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 (Code: W-04-27-18)
    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. Please bring a calculator!

  • A Survey of Vertex-Edge Graphs, Grades 6-12

    Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 (Code: W-04-20-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Joseph Rosenstein
    Audience: Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Vertex-edge graphs provide both interestive and applicable mathematical topics and abundant opportunities to enhance students' problem-solving and reasoning abilities. In this workshop, using hands-on activities that can be introduced the very next day in all grade 6-12 classrooms with all students, participants will explore properties and characteristics of graphs, paths in graphs, graph coloring, and algorfithms for graphs.

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

    Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Code: W-11-29-17)
    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.

  • Using Performance Assessment to Meet the Demands of the NJ Math Standards, Grades 7-12



    Date: Friday, January 19, 2018 (Code: W-01-19-18)
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Liz Marquez
    Audience: Grades 7-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    In this workshop, we will address how performance assessment can be an effective tool in helping students achieve the standards in grades 7-12.  Attendees will learn how to use performance tasks to engage students, elicit student thinking, make instructional decisions, and prepare students for summative assessments. Additionally, we will create performance tasks, evaluate the quality of performance tasks, design rubrics, and discuss how to use assessment results to effectively communicate with students and parents.

  • Utilizing Desmos to Strengthen Classroom Instruction, Grades 7-9

    Date: Friday, February 16, 2018 (Code: W-02-16-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Nicole Ealey
    Audience: Grades 7-9 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Desmos is much more than a graphing calculator. Participants in this workshop will learn to explored Desmos classroom activiites and create customized Desmos lessons to strengthen math insturction for algebra students. Teachers will be provided with tools that can provide engaging individual and group activities for students, and provide the teacher with meaningful data. Desmos is a free web-based program that can be utilized to explore every concept in mathematics! Participants will create activities that can be used immediately in the classroom. Participants will need to bring a fully charged computer.

  • A Visual-Spatial Approach to Achieving Success in Algebra, Grades 7-9

    Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (Code: W-01-24-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 7-9 Math Teachers & Teacher Leaders, Teachers/Educators, Specialists, Math Coaches, and Supervisors

    There is a need to increase the number of students that can demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of algebraic relationships. This workshop will assist teachers in developing more visually based lessons that highlight spatial thinking. Research has shown that spatial thinking is a predictor of success in STEM, and that this emphasis will create opportunities for students, including SE & ELL – to 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 Algebra, and W is for words. Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on PARCC Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards. Time will also be reserved for your questions/concerns. Bring a laptop and a graphing calculator.

  • Visualizing Fractions!

    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (Code: W-04-24-18)
    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!




  • 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 = $205 each

    4-9 Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $175 each (15% discount)

    10 or more Workshop Registrations (one or more individuals) = $155 (25% discount)

    THERE IS A $10 DISCOUNT FOR EACH ONLINE REGISTRATION.

    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) and mailed to the adderss below. 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/AMTNJ-DIMACS-2017-2018

    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.

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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