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Join the ISU- Regional Math Center specialists on a series of Saturday workshops throughout the school year. "In an excellent mathematics program, educators hold themselves and their colleagues accountable for the mathematical success of every student and for personal and collective professional growth toward effective teaching and learning of mathematics." -Principles to Actions, p99

Developing Number Sense with Number Talks: Alternative Virtual Schedule Due to COVID-19

Saturday Series Alternative Schedule Due to COVID 19, we will be hosting this Saturday Series sychronously via Zoom.

Date & Locations: 

  • September 19, 2020, Zoom

Please click on each link below to sign up for each block you would like to attend.

8:30-10:30 - Using Number Talks to Build Number Sense
Presenters: Angie Godfrey & Veronica Blackham
This 2-hour block is for those who are not familiar with Number Talks or would like a general refresher. Number Talks are a 10-12 minute daily routine designed to devlop number sense (not to be confused with math talk or classroom discussion). This brief routine promotes flexiblity, efficiency, and numerical accuracy-- the very definition of mathematical fluency. 

11:00-1:00 - Number Talks in a Virtual Setting
Presenter: Angie Godfrey
Number talks can be facilitated via live streaming, such as Zoom or Google Meets. Angie will share her experience, tools, and insights on how to effectively do this.

11:00-1:00 - Number Talks in the Secondary Classroom
Presenter: Veronica Blackham
This 2-hour block will be used to help secondary math teachers understand how number talks can support students’ in improving their numeracy skills. We will first spend some time learning how students form the concept of number and their operations. Then we will relate these ideas to Number Talks and discuss the benefits and practicality of using Number Talks in the secondary classroom.

 

Registration:
Registration is now closed. A video recorded will be posted the week of 9/20/20-9/26/20.

Developing Number Sense with Number Talks

Title: Developing Number Sense with Number Talks

Description:
What are Number Talks?

  • A 5-15 minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally.
  • The best part of a teacher's day!

Join the Regional Math Specialists to learn how to implement this classroom routine to understand: - how to follow students' thinking and pose the right questions to build understanding; - how to prepare for and design purposeful number talks; and - how to develop grade-level-specific strategies for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Dates, Times, and Locations: 

  • February 20, 2021, 9:00-4:00, Pocatello

Presenters:
Angie Godfrey: Whole Number Computation Number Talks
Veronica Blackham: Fractions, Decimals, Percents
TBD: Using Number Talks in Secondary

Additional Information:

  • 1 hour break for lunch
  • Participants may attend one or all of the Saturday Series workshops
  • Capacity: 200 participants
  • 1 Optional PD Credit will be available 

(Optional Credit) Requirements: Coming soon!

Additional Resources
Number Talks Build Numerical Reasoning, an article by Sherry Parrish
Cathy Humphreys Teaching a Number Talk
Making Number Talks Matter
Jo Boaler - Number Sense

Register For Pocatello

Using Technology to Facilitate Mathematical Reasoning

Title: Using Technology to Facilitate Mathematical Reasoning

Description: "An excellent mathematics program integrates the use of mathematical tools and technology as essential resources to help students learn and make sense of mathematical ideas, reason mathematically, and communicate their mathematical thinking." (Principles to Actions) This full-day workshop will introduce participants to two free resources that help teachers give students meaningful feedback, connect students, and build mathematical reasoning.

Date, Time, and Location: 

  • March 6, 2021, 9:00-4:00, Idaho Falls

Presenters:
Angie Godfrey: Desmos in Elementary
Veronica Blackham: Geogebra in 6-12
TBD: Desmos in 6-12

Additional Information:

  • 1 hour break for lunch
  • Participants may attend one or all of the Saturday Series workshops
  • Capacity: 200 participants
  • 1 Optional PD Credit will be available 

(Optional Credit) Requirements: Coming soon!

Additional Resources
About Desmos

About Geogebra

Register for Idaho Falls