Mathematics Education Workshop Series
with
Professor Mahesh Sharma
Spring 2018
PDP’s are available through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for participants who complete a minimum of two workshops together with a two page reflection paper on cognitive development.
Several professional national groups, the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and the Institute for Educational Sciences, in particular, have concluded that all students can learn mathematics and most can succeed through Algebra 2. However, the abstractness and complexity of algebraic concepts and missing precursor skills and understandings-number conceptualization, arithmetic facts, place value, fractions, and integers may be overwhelming to many students and teachers.
Being proficient at arithmetic is certainly a great asset when we reach algebra; however, how we achieve that proficiency can also matter a great deal. The criteria for mastery, Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) – sets for arithmetic for early elementary grades are specific: students should have (a) understanding (efficient and effective strategies), (b) fluency, and (c) applicability and will ensure that students form strong, secure, and developmentally appropriate foundations for the algebra that students learn later. The development of those foundations is assured if we implement the Standards of Mathematics Practices (SMP) along with the CCSSM content standards.
In these workshops, we provide strategies; understanding and pedagogy that can help teachers achieve these goals.
Dyscalculia and Other Mathematics Difficulties
Who Should Attend:
For K through grade 11 teachers (regular and special educators)
When: March 30, 2018
Workshop Description:
In this workshop, participants will learn (a) why learning problems in mathematics (e.g., dyscalculia, etc.) occur, (b) how children learn mathematics, (c) what are effective methods of teaching mathematics? and (d) how to fill gaps in mathematics learning.
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
Number Concept, Numbersense, and Numeracy, Part One
Who Should Attend:
For K through grade 2 teachers, special educators and interventionists
When:
April 13, 2018
Workshop Description:
Number concept is the foundation of arithmetic. Ninety-percent of students who have difficulty in arithmetic have not conceptualized number concept. In this workshop we help participants how to teach number concept effectively. This includes number decomposition/recomposition, visual clustering, and a new innovative concept called “sight facts.”
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
Number Concept, Numbersense, and Numeracy, Part Two
Who Should Attend:
For K through grade 3 teachers, special educators and interventionists
When: May 11, 2018
Workshop Description:
According to Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M), by the end of second grade, children should master the concept of Additive Reasoning (the language, concepts and procedures of addition and subtraction). The mastery means (a) understanding, fluency, and applicability. In this workshop, the participants learn effective, efficient, and elegant ways of achieving this with their children.
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
How to Teach Fractions Effectively
Who Should Attend:
Grade 3 through grade 9 teachers and special educators
When:
May 18, 2018
Workshop Description:
According to Common Core State Standards in mathematics (CCSS-M), by the end of sixth grade, children should master the concept of Proportional Reasoning (the language, concepts and procedures ratio and proportion). The concepts of ratio and proportion are dependent on the mastery of the concept of fractions. The mastery means (a) understanding, fluency, and applicability of fractions and operations on them. In this workshop, the participants will learn effective, efficient, and elegant ways of achieving the concept of fractions and multiplication and division of fractions and help their children achieve that.
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
Arithmetic to Algebra: How to Develop Algebraic Thinking
Who Should Attend:
Grade 4 through grade 9 teachers
When: May 25, 2018
Workshop Description:
According to CCSS-M, by the end of eighth-grade, students should acquire algebraic thinking. Algebra is a gateway to higher mathematics and STEM fields. Algebra acts as a glass ceiling for many children. From one perspective, algebra is generalized arithmetic. Participants learn how to extend arithmetic concepts to algebraic concepts and procedures effectively and efficiently. Algebraic thinking is unique and abstract and to achieve this, thinking students need to engage in cognitive skills that are uniquely needed for algebraic thinking. In this workshop we look at algebra from both perspectives: (a) Generalizing arithmetic thinking and (b) developing cognitive and mathematical skills to achieve algebraic thinking.
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials
Dyscalculia and Other Mathematics Difficulties
Who Should Attend:
For K through grade 11 teachers (regular and special educators)
When: June 8, 2018
Workshop Description:
In this workshop, participants will learn (a) why learning problems in mathematics (e.g., dyscalculia, etc.) occur, (b) how children learn mathematics, (c) what are effective methods of teaching mathematics? and (d) how to fill gaps in mathematics learning.
Cost: $49.00 Includes Breakfast, Lunch and Materials