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Promoting Productive Struggle That Leads to Understanding

July 31 and August 1, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Institute — Garland ISD | 4885 N. President George Bush Highway | Garland, Texas 75040

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Workshop Overview

In this workshop, participants will participate in discussions and activities that focus on visualization and conceptual development of mathematics to help students think deeply about mathematical ideas and relationships.

Participants will explore:

  • How to provide #SlowMath opportunities for all students to notice and wonder “what if” and “why"
  • How to use TI technology to promote productive struggle

Participants will join in discussions and activities focused on:

  • Demonstrating math flexibility to show what they know in more than one way
  • Facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse so that students can look for and make use of structure to reason
  • Analyzing different pathways, finding connections between pathways, and adding new strategies to their thinking
  • Recognizing when students are undergoing destructive struggle and need #AskDontTell prompting to become “unstuck”

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to say, I can …

  • Invoke #SlowMath for students to engage in productive struggle to show what they know in more than one way
  • Recognize the difference between productive struggle and destructive struggle
  • Recognize #AskDontTell opportunities to “unstick"" students
  • Anticipate how students will solve tasks and expect use of multiple representations to deepen mathematics understanding

Pricing and Technology Options

$300 — Workshop registration without TI technology package

$350 — Workshop registration including ONE of the following TI technology packages:

  • TI-Nspire™ CX II graphing calculator and TI-Nspire™ CX Premium Teacher Software
  • TI-Nspire™ CX II CAS graphing calculator and TI-Nspire CX Premium Teacher™ Software
  • TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator and TI-SmartView™ CE emulator software for the TI-84 Plus graphing family

Add the TI-Innovator™ Hub with TI LaunchPad™ Board and TI-Innovator™ Rover to your product package for $120.

Team Discount: Register four educators for this workshop and the fifth attends free.

This workshop may be combined with Teaching Strategies for Success in a Mathematics Classroom, taking place July 29 and 30 at the same location, for an additional registration fee of $200.

Technology Skills Workshop Option

New to TI graphing calculators, or need to brush up on your technology skills? Add one of these virtual workshops for just $100.

  • Getting Started With the TI-84 Family in High School Mathematics
    (Four hours, May 21 and May 23, from 7 – 9 p.m. Central time)
  • Getting Started With TI-Nspire™ Technology in High School Mathematics
    (Four hours, May 21 and May 23, from 7 – 9 p.m. Central time)

Contact Information

For questions regarding this workshop, please contact:

Valerie Casteel


For registration questions, please contact:

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