ActiveMath® Workshop Schedule

Our math workshops promote excitement in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
ActiveMath is proud to have been providing excellence in professional development since 1994.

$215 for one workshop; $195 each when two or more registrations are received at the same time.
Registration fee includes extensive coursebook with blacklines, full breakfast, and a delicious lunch.

Call today for reduced group rates: (847) 722–8690


Seminar #SM25: Teaching Problem Solving, Grades 5–8

Problem solving is the NUMBER ONE reason for studying mathematics. In this hands-on workshop, participants working in small groups actively engage in using proven strategies and activities that foster understanding of the problem-solving process. The problems solved in the workshop derive from all domains of mathematics in the grades 5–8 curriculum as identified by the Common Core State Standards. The domains include Ratios and Proportional Relationships; The Number System; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; and Statistics and Probability. Participants thus experience how problem solving permeates all domains of mathematics. Estimation and mental math strategies are used throughout.

Participants study problem solving from the perspectives of teaching about problem solving, teaching for problem solving, and teaching through problem solving. The driving force of this workshop is CCSS Mathematical Practice 1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Sample PARCC problem-solving items are examined.

  • Real-World Warm-ups: Participants explore techniques for using newspapers, warm-ups, and “problem-of-the-day”-type activities to connect math to the real world — and to make every moment in class count.
  • Big Ideas in Problem Solving: Key actions, visual models, and problem structures will be explored for each of the operations to provide insight as to why a particular operation is appropriate to use to solve a given problem. An understanding of situations that require these operations — including the actions that are involved — is an important step in helping students become better problem-solvers. Participants will write and share their own word problems for given actions and problem structures for word problems.
  • George Pólya—The Master Problem Solver: Participants examine academic research on the teaching of problem solving. In particular, they learn how to use George Pólya’s problem-solving plan: Understand, Plan, Solve, and Look Back — together with a toolkit of problem-solving strategies (Make a List, Find a Pattern, Use Guess and Check, Act it Out, Use a Drawing, Use Logic, Solve a Simpler/Related Problem, and Work Backwards) to solve routine and nonroutine problems.
  • Guided Problem Solving: Participants work in groups to develop their own guiding questions to use with students for each of the steps in George Pólya’s problem-solving plan for selected nonroutine problems. The use of effective guiding questions is at the heart of being an effective teacher of problem solving. Students will present to the class the questions they develop for the problems. Participants will leave class with a rich collection of real-world applications and “classic” problems that have been prepared by the instructor to be directly used by students.
  • Take a Walk in the PARCC: Participants apply strategies to solve sample PARCC assessment items.
  • Group Problem Solving and Alternative Assessments: Participants experience how cooperative problem solving helps students become better problem-solvers. Participants engage in a unique activity that effectively assesses both group and individual problem solving.
  • Cartoon Math: Participants experience the enjoyment of mathematics through solving multi-step problems involving whole numbers, rational numbers, and irrational numbers from NCTM’s Cartoon Corner.

All teachers, including those teaching developmental curricula or math education teachers, should benefit from this workshop.

THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • An extensive coursebook with blacklines to use directly with your students
  • A complimentary full breakfast and a delicious lunch
  • A copy of David’s book, Math for Real Kids: Common Core Problems, Application, and Activities for Grades 4–7
  • 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 level professional development credit, for an additional $65 fee paid at the workshop, available through
Brandman University Extended Education – EDDU 9412
A reflection paper is required for graduate level professional development.
CPDU Provider: National-Louis University — 6.25 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop
No outside assignments are required to receive CPDUs.


Seminar #SM26: Financial Literacy, Grades 6–12

Watch for details coming soon.

All teachers, including those teaching developmental curricula or math education teachers, should benefit from this workshop.

THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDES

  • An extensive coursebook with blacklines to use directly with your
    students
  • A complimentary full breakfast and a delicious lunch
  • 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 level professional development credit, for an additional $65 fee paid at the workshop, available through
Brandman University Extended Education – Course Number TBD
A reflection paper is required for graduate level professional development.
CPDU Provider: National-Louis University — 6.25 Illinois CPDUs are available for this workshop
No outside assignments are required to receive CPDUs.


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Tel: (847) 722–8690, Fax: (847) 564–3406

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