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2017-2018 Mathematics Workshops

For High 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 New Jersey'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?

Twenty-six, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for high 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 9-12 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.

There are workshops on every area of high school mathematics -- algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics -- as well as cross-content workshops on mathematics instruction and applications.

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 (except for the March 17 Precalculus Conference) 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)

 
 
  • 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

  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT!, Grades 9-12
    Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Code: W-11-30-17)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


  • 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

  • The High School Math Curriculum: The Status Quo is Unacceptable, Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Code: W-01-09-18)
    Presenter: Eric Milou

  • 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


  • Empowering Students Who Ask, "When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math?," Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Code: W-01-23-18)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


  • 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: Angelo DeMattia


  • 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


  • Precalculus Conference: Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus and….
    Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 (Code: PRECALC-18)
    Audience: Grade 9-14 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    A dynamic, annual, one-day conference for teachers and supervisors of high school mathematics, now in its 32nd year. Attend up to 4 sessions on diverse topics, plus a sharing session and plenary session. Take some really good ideas back to the classroom! For more information, see conference website – http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/precalc-conf/


  • Modern Applications of Mathematics to Sustainability of Resources, Grades 10-12
    Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 (Code: W-03-23-18)
    Presenter: Eugene Fiorini


  • Building Bridges in Secondary Mathematics Classes - Creating an Environment to Facilitate the "Mathematical Practices" in the Standards, Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (Code: W-04-03-18)
    Presenter: Kathleen Carter


  • 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


  • Developing Mathematical Habits of the Mind: Thinking the Math as well as Doing the Math, Grades 9-12
    Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Code: W-04-18-18)
    Presenter: Tom Beatini

  • A Survey of Vertex-Edge Graphs, Grades 6-12
    Date: Friday, April 20, 2018 (Code: W-04-20-18)
    Presenter: Joseph Rosenstein

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


  • Simple Hands-on Activities for Tenth through Twelfth Grade Math Students
    Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Code: W-05-01-18)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg


  • Precalculus and Astronomy: A Match Made in the Heavens!, Grades 10-12
    Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 (Code: W-05-04-18)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg


  • Physics for Math Teachers, Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Code: W-05-08-18)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg




Workshop Descriptions (in alphabetical order):

  • Building Bridges in Secondary Mathematics Classes - Creating an Environment to Facilitate the "Mathematical Practices" in the Standards, Grades 9-12

    Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (Code: W-04-03-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Kathleen Carter
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    This session will share strategies to create an engaging environment in high school math classes that promotes problem-solving rather than "answer-seeking" through cooperative learning and use of technology.   Participants will be challenged with some good problems that illustrate 'big ideas' of algebra and can be adapted for algebra 1, algebra 2 and precalculus.

  • 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.   

  • Developing Mathematical Habits of the Mind: Thinking the Math as well as Doing the Math, Grades 9-12

    Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (Code: W-04-18-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Tom Beatini
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    This workshop will provide you with resources that engage students in meaningful learning experiences to encourage students to think mathematically.  Topics in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will be addressed that shift the focus of teaching around rich tasks. Pedagogical strategies and techniques that help students develop and foster mathematical habits of the mind through problem solving, modeling, and making mathematical connections will be discussed.  Classroom-ready hands-on materials that focus on the development of conceptual and procedural knowledge utilizing these methods and suggestions that facilitate hard-to-teach topics (such as composition of functions) will be shared.  Don’t forget to bring a graphing calculator as it will be used to demonstrate techniques of upside-down teaching!.

  • Empowering Students Who Ask, “When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math?”

    Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Code: W-01-23-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    When Math is presented as a life skill that broadens career choice and inspires critical thinking, students embrace the learning of reasoning and problem-solving skills while building confidence and persistence. While many students will not major in science or engineering in college, all students benefit from the challenge and discipline of Math. This positive attitude can help teachers, administrators and students to meet the challenges of ‘teaching to the test’ by viewing it as an opportunity to address common errors and misunderstandings without formally reviewing. In fact, the comparison of multiple choice answers can help students to “think on their feet” while increasing accuracy, logic and frustration tolerance skills – assets in high school, college and the workplace. Worksheets will cover common secondary content incorporating HSPA and SAT content (including algebra, geometry, trig and precalc) and will use multiple representations and technology to appeal to diverse learning styles creating a path to success for all.

  • 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: Grades 8-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Appearing soon.

  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT!

    Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 (Code: W-11-30-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz, Adjunct Prof, College of Mt St Vincent; Founder, Math Confidence
    Audience: High School Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    The speaker took the new SAT in May 2016 adding to her test experiences — ACT (2012),  “old” SAT (2009) and “ancient” SAT(1980).    These recent exam experiences helped her to relive studying and test taking, fill gaps in her education, and relate better to students’ experiences.  Studying for the ACT/SAT helps students learn the content they need to successfully complete high school and/or avoid remediation.   We will also discuss and profile examples of the SAT/ACT Math and show how improvement on these exams can help students (and adults alike) gain a new outlook and self-identity.

  • The High School Math Curriculum: The Status Quo is Unacceptable, Grades 9-12

    Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Code: W-01-09-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Eric Milou
    Audience: Grade K-8 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    The Common Core has done little to improve the 9-12 math curriculum which seems mostly unchanged from decades past.  This session will discuss realistic steps that the math community must take including creating math pathways for high school students and a focus on modeling tasks.

  • 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.

  • Modern Applications of Mathematics to Sustainability of Resources, Grades 10-12

    Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 (Code: W-03-23-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Gene Fiorini
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Appearing soon.

  • 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.

  • Physics for Math Teachers

    Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Code: W-05-08-18)
    Time: 9:00 am -- 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Historically, the basis for a good deal of secondary mathematics stems from the development of physics. In fact, Isaac Newton invented the calculus in order to solve problems relating to the gravitational force produced by extended bodies in space (namely, the Earth). Our focus here is very basic. Participants will gain a conceptual and mathematical understanding of the physics used in the secondary curriculum. The course is a basic physics college class with mathematics teachers in mind. No previous physics education is necessary. If you had physics a long time ago and remember little to nothing or have never had a physics class, this is for you! Stress level for this class is rated as ZERO! Knowledge of a TI graphing calculator is helpful but not necessary. Topics include: measurements and uncertainty, dimensional analysis, kinematics, and dynamics. This workshop addresses CORE concepts! Please bring a calculator, or any equivalent.

  • Precalculus and Astronomy: A Match Made in the Heavens!

    Date: Friday, May 4, 2018 (Code: W-05-04-18)
    Time: 9:00 am -- 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    Where and when do you look for the moon? Can we model the motion of that “star?” Will that asteroid hit? How was the earth’s position in space determined 2,500 years ago? Want to go to Mars? There’s prep to every trip! This class will explore these and other ideas. Why? Because they get students' attention! I’ve tried everything from temperature, to tides, to Ferris Wheels, and overall, the response was lackluster. Then I started using astronomical ideas and things changed. No more inputting arrays of data and forcing out context, rather, we observe and model! This workshop addresses CORE concepts! Please bring a graphing calculator, or any equivalent.

  • Precalculus Conference: Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus and….

    Date: Friday, March 16, 2018 (Code: PRECALC-18)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $175
    Audience: Grades 9-14 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    A dynamic, annual, one-day conference for teachers and supervisors of high school mathematics, now in its 31st year. Attend up to 4 sessions on diverse topics, plus a sharing session and plenary session. Take some really good ideas back to the classroom! For more information, see conference website – http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/precalc-conf/

  • 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: Thursday, April 27, 2017 (Code: W-04-27-17)
    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. Please bring a calculator!

  • Simple Hands-on Activities for Tenth through Twelfth Grade Math Students

    Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Code: W-05-01-18)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Most of the mathematical topics that students are expected to master in grades 10-12 are very abstract. Yet, study, after study, shows (and common sense suggests) that no matter how abstract the mathematics, the best way for most students to gain an authentic understanding of mathematics is to extend the time of learning with relevant hands-on activities. Students (all of us) need time to process new ideas. Taking time to deeply consider, and “see” the underlying meaning to new ideas is the best strategy for comprehension. That strategy is best met using hands-on activities, brain storming, and a sufficient amount of group interaction. So, if you’d like to take back some ready-to-go activities that will enhance your students’ comprehension, join us for this day long workshop. A graphing calculator or an emulator for a graphing calculator that can be used on a laptop or tablet would be helpful, though not essential. 

  • 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, ETS Research
    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!




 

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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 address 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.

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

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Bay Head, New Jersey 08742

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Cancellation Policy

A full refund (minus a $25 processing fee per registrant) 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 information about other programs, call 732-788-1257 or visit the AMTNJ website at http://www.amtnj.org