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Promoting Productive Struggle That Leads to Understanding

August 1, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Grand Prairie ISD | 2602 South Belt Line Rd | Grand Prairie, Texas 75052

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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
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”

Pricing and Technology Options

$225 — Workshop registration without TI technology package

$275 — 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 one or more of the following workshops, taking place at the same location:

  • Getting Started With TI-Nspire™ Technology in High School Mathematics
  • Next Steps With TI-Nspire™ Technology in High School Mathematics
  • Teaching Strategies for Success in a Mathematics Classroom

Attend each additional day of professional development for a special price of $100 per day.

Contact Information

Traci Ziebarth



Graduate Credit

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