ActiveMath® Workshop Schedule


REGISTRATION FEE:

$195 for one workshop; $180 each when two or more registrations are received at the same time. Registration fee includes extensive coursebook with blacklines, complimentary snacks, and more. Lunch is included where indicated.

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Winter 2014 Workshops

Workshop #249
The Math You Need for the Real World:
Mathematical Literacy and the Common Core, Grades 6–10

Workshop #250
Differentiating Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 4–7



Winter 2014 Workshops

Workshop #249
The Math You Need for the Real World:
Mathematical Literacy and the Common Core, Grades 6–10

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Mathematical literacy is the capacity to deal effectively and confidently with quantitative aspects of life. In this workshop, participants learn how to apply mathematical methods to the solution of life-skill problems across the Content Domains and Mathematical Practices of the Common Core State Standards — and across other disciplines. This workshop stresses the importance of being able to understand and clearly communicate analytical information.

TOPICS

  • Date Detective Warm-ups and the Teachable Moment:Motivate students to think mathematically from the first moments of class by using the calendar to find factor dates, prime dates, reciprocal dates, and more.
  • A Cure for the Common Core—Real World Activities across the CCSS Domains: Explore mental math and estimation strategies (Operations and Algebraic Thinking); discover the power of variables in making generalizations (Expressions and Equations), use mirrors to apply visual thinking (Geometry); determine mathematical expectation to make life decisions about lotteries and the odds of passing a test by guessing (Probability); and use data to describe and persuade (Statistics).
  • Applications on the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers: Type III of the PARCC Assessments assesses modeling and applications. Explore some of the Type III released prototype items—and the Common Core State Standards that undergird those items.
  • Financial Literacy: Now, more than ever, it is critical to infuse key consumer topics into the curriculum. Activities have students explore how long it takes to pay off credit card debt, discover the value of early contributions to a retirement account, how to evaluate options for purchasing a car, and use data to determine when to begin taking social security.
  • Math in Other Disciplines: Explore how math is used in Social Studies (presidential elections; Electoral College), Art (drawing the human body), Science (gravity & roller coasters), and Driver’s Education (relationship between speed and risk of death).
  • Put the CCSS Mathematical Practices into Practice: Each activity infuses one or more of the CCSS Practice Standards. By directly engaging in the Mathematical Practices in the workshop, you will be in a better position to unpack and model them for your students—and thus have your students model them!
  • Mathematical Humor with a Point: Experience a special presentation demonstrating how mathematical blunders in the real world and the miscommunication of mathematics lead to ridiculous conclusions. See how humor can reinforce mathematical concepts—especially through problems that arise from the funny papers. Irrational cartoons and problems related to circles will be explored just in time for Pi Day!
  • Reading and Writing in Math:  Investigate strategies designed to improve reading comprehension in math.

This course provides instructional strategies designed to address the needs of both regular and special-education students. All teachers, including those teaching developmental curricula or math education teachers, would benefit from this workshop.

Dates: February 28 & March 1, 2014
Registration: 4:00 on Friday
Workshop hours:
Friday 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
Wyndham Garden Hotel
900 West Lake Cook Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
1-847/215–8883

A reduced overnight rate of $69 is available from the Wyndham Garden for ActiveMath participants.

Facilitator:
David B. Spangler

David has been a mathematics educator for nearly 40 years. He is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and is a developer of mathematics curriculum materials for K–12. He has authored a number of math books for teachers and students and is co-editor of NCTM’s “Cartoon Corner” in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

Registration Fee:

  • The cost for one workshop: $195.
  • Two or more registrations received at the same time: Only $180 each

THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

  • An extensive coursebook with blacklines to take directly back into your classroom
  • Complimentary snacks of Friday; coffee, rolls, and a delicious lunch on Saturday
  • A certificate of participation suitable for framing and a fascinating puzzle

There will be an opportunity to examine and purchase supplemental math materials. Bring your school Tax ID to the workshop.

One hour of Graduate Credit, for an additional $148 fee paid at the workshop, available through
National Louis University – MHE 582P (Outside assignments required for college credit)
15 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop. (No outside assignments required to receive 15 CPDUs)

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Workshop #250
Differentiating Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom, Grades 4–7

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

One size doesn’t fit all. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of differentiation and learn how to apply them specifically to mathematics instruction. We will explore tiered activities and grouping strategies, the use of workstations, and alternatives to traditional assessment strategies using games, visual patterns, songs, and Venn diagrams to help students practice important math skills. All activities are directly aligned to the Standards of Mathematical Content and the Standards of Mathematical Practice of the Common Core State Standards. Participants will be given the opportunity to work in groups to design their own differentiated lesson.

TOPICS

  • Examine the Basic Principles of Differentiation: Make connections between the research of Tomlinson, Gardner, and Bloom to better meet the learning styles and needs of all of your students.
  • Explore Differentiating within the Context of Today’s Mathematics Curriculum: Participate in activities that link the principles of differentiated instruction to Common Core State Standards from these CCSS Domains: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations-Fractions, Number & Operations, Base 10, Ratio and Proportional Relationships. Expressions & Equations, and Measurement & Data.
  • Investigate Tiered Activities and Flexible Grouping: Learn how tiered activities and flexible grouping strategies can result in more equitable math instruction for a wider range of students.
  • Facilitate Collaborative Learning to Enhance Learning: Learn how Cooperative Logic and Brush Up Your Skills activities give students non-threatening ways to revisit previously taught mathematics concepts while working to firm up their understanding of important mathematics concepts.
  • Explore the Use Work Stations and TAP Activities: Learn how to design Work Stations that allow students to obtain additional instruction, use hands-on manipulatives, practice necessary math skills, apply what they have learned to real-world applications, or work on more extensive projects. Learn to utilize TAP Activities (Topic, Audience, Product) that give students the opportunity to “show what they have learned” using their unique interests and talents.
  • Use Alternatives in Addition to Traditional Assessment: Learn how to use observation, journals, grading matrices, and student portfolios to differentiate student products.

This course provides instructional strategies designed to address the needs of both regular and special-education students. All teachers, including those teaching developmental curricula or math education teachers, would benefit from this workshop.

Dates: March 7 and 8, 2014
Registration: 4:00 on Friday
Workshop hours:
Friday 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
Wyndham Garden Hotel
900 West Lake Cook Road
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
1-847/215–8883

A reduced overnight rate of $69 is available from the Wyndham Garden for ActiveMath participants.

Facilitator:
Hope Martin

Hope has been a mathematics educator for more than 40 years—including close to 30 years in the classroom. Currently she is adjunct to National Louis University. She is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences. Hope has authored numerous math books for teachers and students including Differentiated Instruction for Mathematics: Instructions and Activities for the Diverse Classroom.

Registration Fee:

  • The cost for one workshop: $195.
  • Two or more registrations received at the same time: Only $180 each

THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

  • An extensive coursebook with blacklines to take directly back into your classroom
  • Complimentary snacks of Friday; coffee, rolls, and a delicious lunch on Saturday
  • A certificate of participation suitable for framing and a fascinating puzzle

There will be an opportunity to examine and purchase supplemental math materials. Bring your school Tax ID to the workshop.

One hour of Graduate Credit, for an additional $148 fee paid at the workshop, available through
National Louis University – MHE 585AG (Outside assignments required for college credit)
15 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop. (No outside assignments required to receive 15 CPDUs)

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