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Promoting Productive Struggle That Leads to Understanding

June 13—14, 2018 | 8 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Highland Park High School | 433 Vine Avenue | Highland Park, Illinois 60035

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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
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 "unstuck" students
  • Anticipate how students will solve tasks and expect use of multiple representations to deepen mathematics understanding

Day 1

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 destructing struggle and need #AskDontTell prompting to become "unstuck”

Day 2

During the second day of the workshop, participants will more deeply investigate the ideas and strategies presented in the first day, as well as focus on:

  • Planning a task that meets an instructional goal and reframe it as a #SlowMath productive struggle
  • Exploring how to guide learners to construct a viable argument to deepen understanding of a concept
  • Discussing how to coach and confer to empower learners to act as agents of their own learning
  • Considering what is to be gained if we make our thinking visible and empower learners to take steps

Pricing and Technology Options

$325 — Workshop registration without TI technology package

$375 — Workshop registration including ONE of the following TI technology packages:

  • TI-Nspire™ CX handheld and TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software
  • TI-Nspire™ CX CAS handheld and TI-Nspire™ Teacher Software
  • TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator and TI-SmartView™ CE Emulator Software for the TI-84 Plus graphing family

Attend with your team and save – Register four educators and the fifth attends free.

Extend Your Learning

This workshop may be combined with the following workshop, taking place on June 11—12 at the same location:

  • Learning to Code With the TI-Innovator™ Hub and the TI-Innovator™ Rover

Attend the additional two days of professional development for a special price of only $200.

Contact Information

Robin Gapinski



Graduate Credit

Graduate credit is available through Central Michigan University (additional fee applies).