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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Summer 2014 Workshops & Fall One-Day Seminar

Workshop #251
Teaching Common Core Geometry Using Activities, Games, and Real-World Investigations, Grades 4–7

Workshop #252:
Probabilities in Gaming, Grades 7–12

One-Day Seminar (#SM20):
Teaching the Common Core State Standards, Grades 6–8



Summer 2014 Workshops & Fall One-Day Seminar

Workshop #251:
Teaching Common Core Geometry Using Activities, Games,
and Real-World Investigations, Grades 4–7

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

In this workshop, using hands-on activities, participants will use mathematical communication and geometric thinking to solve problems. Teachers will paper-fold two- and three-dimensional figures, construct polyhedrons using tag board, explore the relation between area and perimeter using manipulatives and geoboards, use geoblocks to better understand the relationship between volume and surface area, and work collaboratively to solve real-world geometric problems.

Each activity in this workshop is tied to specific Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice Standards of the Common Core State Standards.

TOPICS

  • Investigate van Hiele’s Levels of Understanding: Learn about geometric levels of learning and how to help your students advance through important stages by using hands-on activities and projects. We will explore “What does the learner do?” and “What does it look like?” at each of the first three levels.
  • Work Collaboratively to Problem Solve: Cooperative Logic puzzles encourage students to work together to find the solution to problems. We will explore two of these that relate closely to the Common Core Geometry Strand.
  • Paper-Folding and Origami to Enhance Learning: Paper-folding is a wonderful way to help students identify and classify two-dimensional shapes based on their properties, examine congruence and similarity, and explore the interior angles of polygons.
  • Use Manipulatives, the Coordinate Plane, Designs, and Puzzles to Enhance Student Understanding: Learn how to make geometry more understandable by using geoboards, tangrams, coordinate plane designs, and geometry puzzles.
  • A Solid Experience with 3-Dimensional Geometry: Learn about Platonic Solids by building and analyzing one of them using tagboard, rubber bands and some careful measurement. Learn to incorporate the creativity of design into the assembly of a cereal box using scale drawings and a geometric net.
  • Explore Geometry in the Real World: Use sink holes to explore surface area and volume and be amazed over the size of an oil spill using estimation of an irregularly shaped figure.
  • Explore Symmetry and Transformational Geometry to Incorporate Geometry and Design: Begin with regular and semi-regular tessellations and then move on to “Escher-type” designs. Reflections and rotations come alive for students when they use a four-quadrant model to reflect and rotate a design.
  • Investigate the Irrationality of Pi: Learn innovative activities to help students understand the value of pi. Experiment with different ways to find the area of circles.

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: July 24 & 25, 2014
Registration: 8:00 am on Thursday
Workshop hours:
Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 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 continental breakfast and light lunch both days
  • 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 585AN (Outside assignments required for college credit)
CPDU Provider: National Louis University — 15 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop.
(No outside assignments required to receive 15 CPDUs)

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Workshop #252:
Probabilities in Gaming, Grades 7–12

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

This workshop is designed to …
(1) provide participants with a foundation of beginning, intermediate, and advanced concepts of probability (as prescribed by the Common Core State Standards for Grades 7–12) and
(2) apply probability concepts to situations in the real world that involve gaming, Bingo, sweepstakes, state lotteries, horseracing, and more.

Games of chance have been around as long as there has been the human desire to get something for nothing. We will explore the mathematics behind gaming and chance—while illustrating that the probability of success in such activities is slim. This workshop is highly motivational—and is certain to get students excited about studying probability and hopefully convince them that gaming is NOT a good bet.

TOPICS

  • A Cure for the Common Core: Each exciting activity in this workshop is tied to specific Mathematical Content and Mathematical Practice Standards of the Common Core State Standards. Odds are that you will find this workshop to be a “bettor” way for students to roll into those dicey probability standards!
  • Trotting into Probability: Begin with a brief history of probability, and then participate in an exciting “horse-race” activity that introduces and reinforces classical and experimental probability.
  • Prediction and Expected Value: By examining your expected return from roulette, lotteries, and sweepstakes, we will determine if the game is “fair.”
  • Modeling, Slot Machines, and Mathematical Decay: Learn how to set up a probability model by assigning ranges of numbers to correspond to probabilities of slot machine payouts. Then use the random number function on a graphing calculator to simulate the pulls on a slot machine. A slot machine may have a 95% payout rate—but you’ll explore how this relates to exponential decay!
  • BINGO Anyone?: Test and determine your probabilities of getting a “Cover-All”
    in BINGO. Exciting prizes are included.
  • Take Your Lumps with the Illinois Lotto: Run a simulation using an Excel spreadsheet designed by Jamie Spangler to see your return when investing thousands of virtual dollars.
  • Odds and Probability: Explore the relationship between odds and probability — and how they are used to formulate betting odds.
  • Hotels Built on the House Edge: Spin into Roulette to find the probabilities of winning and the corresponding Expected Values to determine the House Edge (Percentage). You will experience how those percentages transform into fancy hotels!
  • The Mathematics of Horse Racing: Learn how to use formulas in an Excel spreadsheet (designed by Jamie and David Spangler) to formulate track odds from the wagers that have been made. We will run a simulation to observe how the betting odds change as wagers are made by workshop participants for televised races. Learn how to use a set of racetrack odds to determine a track’s percent “take.”  
  • Experimental & Theoretical Casino Probabilities: Run a simulation to find an experimental probability for winning in craps; also learn how to compute the game’s theoretical probabilities. Compute probabilities associated with Texas Hold ‘em.

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: July 25 & July 26, 2014
Registration: 4:00 pm 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.

Jamie Spangler,
PhD, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
Jamie is a post-doc at Stanford University in Biological Engineering. She has helped facilitate this workshop several times.

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
  • Pizza and soft drinks on Friday evening; Continental breakfast, 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 582T (Outside assignments required for college credit)             
CPDU Provider: National Louis University — 15 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop.
(No outside assignments required to receive 15 CPDUs)

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One-Day Seminar (#SM20):
Teaching the Common Core State Standards, Grades 6–8

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

This one-day seminar is designed to help teachers learn HOW to teach according to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A focus is on using differentiated guiding questions with students to promote deep mathematical thinking.

This seminar will engage participants in hands-on activities that address key Standards for Mathematical Content from Grades 6-8 of the CCSS. The CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice are interwoven into each activity. PARCC sample assessment items will be analyzed.

TOPICS AND CCSS STANDARDS ADDRESSED IN THIS SEMINAR

1. Introduction to the Common Core State Standards
     --Standards for Mathematical Content
     --Using Guiding Questions to Promote the Standards for Mathematical Practice

2. The Date Detective: Number-Theory Warm-Ups
(4.OA.4, 6.NS.4, 6.EE.1, 6.EE.2b)

3. Bridging Arithmetic and Algebra
(6.EE.1, 6.EE.2c, 6.EE.3, 6.EE.5, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.7, 7.EE.1, 7.EE.3, 7.EE.4a, 8.EE.7a, 8.F.1.MP3)
    --What Does the Equals Sign Mean?
     --Understanding/Evaluating Numerical and Algebraic Expressions
     --Game: The 5-Dice Game
     --What Is an Equation? How Do Equations and Expressions Differ?
     --Activity: Using a Balanced Approach to Solve Human Equations

4. Inequalities in the Real World
(6.EE.5, 6.EE.6, 6.EE.8, 7.EE.4b)

5. Spinning into Probability—An Introduction to Probability
(7.NS.2d, 7.SP.5)

6. Simulation: What Is the Probability of Passing a True-False Quiz by Guessing?—Setting Up and Running a Simulation to Estimate a Probability
(7.SP.2, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7.a, 7.SP.8a, 7.SP.8c.)

7. Talking Points About Decimals 1—Deep Thinking About Decimal Addition and Subtraction
(5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3, 6.NS.6)

8. Talking Points About Decimals II—Deep Thinking About Decimal Multiplication and Division
(5.NBT.1, 5.NBT.2, 6.NS.3, 6.NS.6, 7.NS.2c, 7.NS)

9. PARCC Assessment (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)—Analysis of a Grade 6 PARCC item involving graphing ordered pairs, metric conversions, and area of a rectangle.
(5.NF.4b, 5.MD.1, 5.G2, 6.G3)

10. Learning About the Mean, the Median, and the Mode
(6.SP.5c)

11. Activity: Targeting the Mean Absolute Deviation—Using Line Plots to Help Introduce and Develop a Measure of Variability
(5.MD.2, 6.SP.1, 6.SP.2, 6.SP.3, 6.SP.4, 6.SP.5c, 6.SP.5d, 7.SP.3)

12. A Model Way to Solve Percent Problems—Using a bar diagram to help set up proportions to solve each of each of the three basic types of percent problems.
(6.RP.1, 6.RP.3c, 7.RP.2, 7.RP.3)

13. Using the Funny Papers as a Springboard to Teach Mathematics
       --Cartoon Corner: Easy as Pi? Infinitely NOT!—Solve problems about pi and problems that apply pi.
(7.G.4. 8.NS.1, 8.NS.2, 8.G9)

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: Thursday Oct. 23, 2014
Registration: 8:00 am on Thursday
Workshop hours:
Thursday 8:15 pm – 3:15 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 seminar: $195.
  • Two or more registrations received at the same time: Only $180 each.

THIS SEMINAR INCLUDES:

  • An extensive coursebook with blacklines to take directly back into your classroom
  • Continental breakfast — rolls, coffee, and fruit (lunch on your own)
  • 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 graduate level professional development credit, for an additional $65 fee paid at the seminar, available through
Brandman University Extended Education – EDDU 9234 (Outside assignments required for college credit) 
CPDU Provider: National Louis University — 6 Illinois CPDUs are available for this seminar.
(No outside assignments required to receive 6 CPDUs)

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