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Professional development opportunities for math teachers (Aug 2020)
This 2 hour professional development is for educators teaching grades k-5 mathematics. Teachers will take part in hands on activities that they can use for both IN CLASS and IN VIRTUAL LEARNING. This is a ZOOM EVENT! This is part 1 of ongoing monthly professional development series to support teachers in the following areas: 1. select an important mathematical concept – e.g., place value, linear functions, patterns, area; 2. find activities to introduce the concept in a challenging way that motivates students to explore it further; 3. collect activities that actively engage students and provide a variety of experiences to develop students' thinking about the concept; 4. use the Common core/Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)/California standards (or other state objectives) to define the required basic skills and algorithms related to the concept, and then find useful text pages or important worksheets; 5. suggest student products that address a variety of learning styles: written, verbal, kinesthetic, and visual. These products give students the opportunity to choose a product to demonstrate what they have learned about the concept in a new and personal way – giving students choices and encouraging creativity always increases motivation; and 6. to identify or design appropriate assessment materials that will provide information about student learning and thinking as well as information upon which to base instructional decisions.