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2016-2017 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-two, highly interactive, one-day professional development workshops for high 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 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 is $195 (except for the March 17 Precalculus Conference). 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

  • Major Themes of Statistics in the Math Standards, Grades 9-12
    Date: Monday, January 9, 2017 (Code: W-01-09-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • Empowering Students Who Ask, "When Are We Ever Going to Use This Math?," Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Code: W-01-10-17)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


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


  • Calculus -- The Real Thing, Grades 11-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (Code: W-01-17-17)
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia


  • 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 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (Code: W-01-24-17)
    Presenter: Doug Smith


  • 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

  • Mathematical Forensics: Solving Crimes Using Mathematics, Grades 10-12
    Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 (Code: W-03-03-17)
    Presenter: Eugene Fiorini


  • Precalculus Conference: Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus and….
    Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 (Code: PRECALC-17)
    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 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/


  • Thinking about Calculus before "Calculus", Grades 9-12
    Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 (Code: W-03-24-17)
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi


  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT! -- October, January, or May: When Will You Take the New SAT?, Grades 9-12
    Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (Code: W-04-11-17)
    Presenter: Robin Schwartz


  • 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


  • Precalculus and Astronomy: A Match Made in the Heavens!, Grades 10-12
    Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 (Code: W-05-01-17)
    Presenter: Ira Nirenberg


  • Physics for Math Teachers, Grades 9-12
    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 (Code: W-05-04-17)
    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, Mathematics 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.

  • Calculus -- The Real Thing

    Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (Code: W-01-17-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia,
    Audience: Grades 11-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Calculus is about mathematical ideas and not about just following algebraic procedures.  This workshop will pursue that intent and thus allow teachers and students to shift the frequent emphasis from emphasizing skills to a focus on relational mathematics.  The bridge to those concepts will use real problems that connect to students’ life experiences.  The embedded calculus ideas will be presented – with events, pictures and words.   Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on in-class Assessments in AP and Non-AP classes as well as on the Advanced Placement Test.
    Attending this workshop will help teachers to

    • Better align their instruction to the goals of learning calculus concepts
    • Explore the meaning of Calculus algebraically, graphically, and numerically
    • Identify the tasks and materials for that learning
    • Help prepare a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for a Non-AP Calculus course
    • Create equitable access to talented students that appear to struggle initially with advanced courses

    Appropriate technology and software will be used. Bring your graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • Differentiating Math Instruction, Grades 9-12

    Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (Code: W-01-24-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Doug Smith
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    A description of this workshop will be posted shortly.

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

    Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Code: W-01-10-17)
    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.

  • 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.

  • Get Smarter! Take the SAT or ACT! -- October, January, or May: When Will You Take the New SAT?

    Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (Code: W-04-11-17)
    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 retook the SAT in 2009 (after 29 years) to relive studying and test taking, fill gaps in her education, and relate better to students' experiences.  In this workshop, we will dive into SAT problems and  use actual College Board material including ACCUPLACER placement tests plus items from the ACT and TASC (new GED) to ensure the content exposure that students need to successfully complete high school and/or avoid remediation.   We will also discuss and profile examples of the new SAT scheduled for 2016 and show how improvement on the SAT can help students (and adults alike) gain a new outlook and self-identity.

  • 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, Mathemataics 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.

  • Major Themes of Statistics in the Math Standards

    Date: Monday, January 9, 2017 (Code: W-01-09-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Angelo DeMattia, Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement (RIISA) Consultant
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Supervisors

    Mathematics is about ideas and not just juggling numbers and letters. Statistics (Data Analysis) should pursue that same intent. This workshop will allow teachers and students to shift the typical emphasis from following number recipes to a focus on statistical concepts. The bridge to those concepts will use real data, experiments, and simulations. The embedded ideas will be explained – with pictures and words. Ample hands-on lessons will highlight the process that helps teachers to help students attain a higher level of achievement on future PARCC & AP Assessments as well as to gain a better understanding of the Common Core Standards. Appropriate technology and software will be used. Bring your graphing calculator, laptop, and travel drive.

  • 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.

  • Mathematical Forensics: Solving Crimes Using Mathematics

    Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 (Code: W-03-03-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Eugene Fiorini, Muhlenberg University
    Audience: Grades 10-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    This workshop outlines some of the mathematical methods used by forensic mathematicians to solve crimes. Teachers will be introduced to several activities that apply Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus to crime solving techniques. Some of the concepts used in the forensics activities include basic properties of probability; measuring the angle of impact using the inverse sine; law of sines to determine point of impact; exponential functions to determine time of death; ratio and proportion to determine characteristics such as height, weight, and gender of a person of interest; and basic graph theory and algorithms to identify and match fingerprints. Project ideas will be presented that demonstrate how students can collect and analyze their own data as well as develop and use their own forensics tools. The workshop will conclude with participants asked to solve a fake, staged crime scene using the techniques that were discussed earlier in the day. Teachers will be given materials and instruction on how to stage their own crime scene to test students' understanding of the material. This workshop addresses the following Common Core Standards: Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data; Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions; Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability; Using Probability to Make Decisions; Reasoning with Equations & Inequalities; Seeing Structure in Expressions; Modeling with Geometry; Similarity, Right Triangles, & Trigonometry.

  • 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.

  • Physics for Math Teachers

    Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 (Code: W-05-04-17)
    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!

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

    Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 (Code: W-05-01-17)
    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!


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

    Date: Friday, March 17, 2017 (Code: PRECALC-17)
    Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    Fee: $165
    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/

  • 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.

  • Thinking about Calculus before "Calculus"

    Date: Friday, March 24, 2017 (Code: W-03-24-17)
    Time: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Presenter: Ralph Pantozzi
    Audience: Grades 9-12 Mathematics Teachers and Supervisors

    In the New Jersey Mathematics Standards, we want students to work with functions in context, analyze them using different representations, and build new functions from existing functions. Sounds a lot like Calculus! In the courses before calculus, there are multiple opportunities for students to think about and the key ideas of calculus: rates of change, accumulation, and limits.  From Algebra through Precalculus, weave these ideas into everyday lessons, tasks, and assessments to help your students develop the skills, insight, and interest in the study of some of the most important mathematical ideas ever invented!

  • 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.

  • 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.




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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 = $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.

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    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