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Math Workshops—Middle/Junior High

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OCTOBER 2019
 

Desmos for Advanced Users

Learn how to use Desmos technology to energize student learning, enable exploration, and remove barriers to understanding mathematics. Apply principles for designing and facilitating a Desmos activity that increase engagement, enable rich class discussions, and support student learning. Learn how the Desmos Activity Builder can help you create dynamic activities as well as how to use pre-built activities from Desmos itself and its user community. We’ll show you how to get started building your own activity and answer questions along the way. Bring a tablet or laptop to maximize your participation.

 
 

 

NOVEMBER 2019
 
Math that Sticks: Questioning and Student Engagement, Grades 6-8
Come explore questioning practices that elicit understanding of content, support formative assessment and classroom discussion, and guide instructional decisions. Explore tools and protocols that support questioning and maximize student engagement in the mathematics classroom. REGISTER
 
 
Balancing Concepts and Skills in Mathematics: Quadratic Functions in Algebra I and Algebra II
What do students need to know and show in order to master the identified content? What is the role of practice in concept building and skill development? How does balancing concepts and skills support memory and retention? What factors about concept and skill building need to be considered when planning Tier I intervention? Come and explore ways to approach student learning as a balance of understanding concepts and related skills that build mastery of key grade level mathematics. REGISTER
 
 

Balancing Concepts and Skills in Mathematics: Solving Equations and Inequalities, Grade 6-Algebra I

November 21, 2019
What do students need to know and show in order to master the identified content? What is the role of practice in concept building and skill development? How does balancing concepts and skills support memory and retention? What factors about concept and skill building need to be considered when planning Tier I intervention? Come and explore ways to approach student learning as a balance of understanding concepts and related skills that build mastery of key grade level mathematics. REGISTER
 

 

DECEMBER 2019
 
Math that Sticks: Moving from Number Talks to Math Talks in the Secondary Classroom
What does a math talk look like in a secondary classroom? How are math talks different from number talks? How can math talks help to uncover student understandings and misconceptions? Join us to answer these questions and more as we explore the types of math talks and the mathematical and linguistic benefits of math talks. Engage in practice on how to implement math talks in your classroom so that you can start the next day! REGISTER
 
 
Focus On Developing Fluency with Rational Numbers, Grades 5-7
Explore the use of models and instructional methods to develop students conceptual understanding of operations with rational numbers. Participate in activities incorporating research-based approaches that build and deepen knowledge of identified learning targets, including supports for diverse learners. REGISTER
 

 

JANUARY 2020
 
Decision Making with Data: Digging Deeper with Mathematics Classroom Data, Grades 6-Algebra I
Overwhelmed by data? Wanting to gain additional clarity about how data may be used to lead students to success? Participate in a team-planning simulation, analyzing data and trends. Identify the impact of alignment, assumptions, and deficit-thinking on your instructional decisions. Identify the best path for Tier I intervention based on data. Leave with a clear data analysis process to use when planning by yourself or with your team. REGISTER
 
 
T.E.A.M.S. that Win: Effective Practices for Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Mathematics
Secondary (Grades 6-12)
“Teaching Engaging Academics and Motivating for Success” (T.E.A.M.S.) is a multi-day professional development series that applies the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) frameworks to content specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) instruction and classroom design. The series will be presented by a Region 4 collaborative triad whose expertise includes classroom management, access to the general curriculum, and mathematics. Participants will be provided with effective research-based skills and strategies which address diverse learners’ access to the general curriculum.  Knowledge and skills learned will support student achievement impacting STAAR success. REGISTER
 
 

Region 4 Mathematics Conference: Cornerstones for Success

Grades 6-8, Algebra 1, Geometry

January 25, 2020

Join other mathematics educators for this one-day conference focused on creating meaningful mathematics experiences and effective learning possibilities for every math student. Attend mini-sessions that provide tools such as classroom-ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations of key mathematics concepts, strategies that include all learners, and technology-based activities. REGISTER

 

 
Math that Sticks: Implementing Discourse, Grades 6-12
Take your classroom discourse to the next level. Explore how to implement discourse strategies in your classroom based on your desired outcomes and the tasks chosen. Reflect on how to identify missed opportunities for discourse in your class and explore options when the discourse heads in an unexpected direction. REGISTER
 
 

 

FEBRUARY 2020
 
Culturally Responsive Mathematics Instruction: Getting Started through Authentic Tasks, Grades 6-8
Are you wondering what it means to be culturally responsive? Are you wondering about how a culturally responsive mindset informs instruction? Engage in authentic, classroom-ready tasks to learn principles for creating culturally responsive tasks. While engaging in these tasks, you will practice creating criteria for demonstrating understanding, identifying needed scaffolds, and applying rubrics to analyze evidence of student understanding. REGISTER
 
 

Focus On Data Analysis, Grades 6-8

February 19, 2020
Explore the use of models and instructional methods to develop students’ understanding of representations of data and their role in solving problems. Participate in activities incorporating research-based approaches that build and deepen knowledge of identified learning targets, including supports for diverse learners. REGISTER

 

 
Math that Sticks: Building Academic Language through Routines, Grades 6-12
Explore ways to help students build content knowledge and acquire academic language in the mathematics classroom. Experience and practice selected mathematical language routines developed by Understanding Language/SCALE at Stanford University. Embedded practice and immediate feedback will prepare participants for seamless implementation of the routines into current instructional plans. REGISTER
 
 

 

MARCH 2020
 
Mathematics STAAR® Review: Tips, Tools, and Protocols for Student Success
What can a review process look like that prepares all students for success on STAAR®? Experience interactive activities and protocols that are designed to help students strengthen metacognitive skills, solidify understanding of Readiness Standards, and develop mathematical identities. Explore effective tools and review strategies to increase the performance of students on the Mathematics STAAR® assessments.
 
 

 

 

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