Game-Changing Workshop

All Of your Teachers Must attend this workshop this summer

  • I have studied many years of the latest math education methods and concepts and blended them into a practical and effective workshop to transform classrooms into effective and thinking classrooms designed to promote growth mindsets and develop strong conceptual math understanding that will propel your students to the highest levels of math and science.  I have taken great care to blend many different models for math education to create teachers who have the strongest understanding of effective practices.  Some of the methods I have studied include:
  • 1.  Mathematical Mindsets (Including Jo Boaler’s Seven positive norms of math education)
  • 2.  Principles to Actions (The eight effective practices for Math Teaching)
  • 3.  Building Thinking Classrooms
  • 4.  Teaching Children Math
  • 5.  Taking Action
  • 6.  Making Thinking Visible
  • 7.  the Symbiosis between social and emotional learning (SEL) and Mathematics Learning (SMPs)

Also:  many ideas and concepts from Mathematics Teacher Learning Teaching Magazine (NCTM) including much from the SEL issue.  This workshop should be required for any teacher who covers math content in their classroom from K to 12.  If you want me to run a workshop in your area, send me an e-mail at





Registration and Coffee


Tending to Growth Mindsets


What is “Doing Math”. What is “Teaching Math”.




Tending to mathematics goals to focus learning (#1)


Tending to Activities and Representations (#2 and 3)




Tending to  mathematical discourse (#4)




Tending to Questions in the Thinking Classroom. (#5)


Fluency from conceptual understanding (#6)


Embracing and supporting Productive Struggle (#7)




Elicit and use evidence of student thinking (#8)


Building thinking classrooms. (BTC)


Conclusions and next steps to build your math program.


Workshop ends

Math Methods and Concepts Workshop


Date:  June 20, 2023


Location: TBD



       How to develop your students Mathematical Mindset, Disposition and Skills

       Teachers will have an understanding of Growth versus Fixed Mindsets

       Teachers will be able to set effective learning goals with their students

       Teachers will be able to find, introduce and lead effective math activities

       Teachers will learn how to set up a thinking environment in their classroom

       Teachers will be introduced to concrete manipulatives to build conceptual understanding (There will be many examples of lessons they can use right away)

       Teachers will be able to set up an effective environment for productive struggle

       Teachers will learn how to move their classroom towards a thinking environment that values concrete learning and a growth mindset


Training Schedule:  (9 to 4)


9AM. Phase 1:   Growth Mindset Coach


Open with a short noncurricular activity (NCA) to get them thinking, demonstrate a NCA and show some cool math to raise passion for mathematics.


In this session, we will also establish our objectives with regard to a students holisitic mathematical experience.  This includes their MATH MINDSET, Math Disposition and math skills.  We define disposition as how they feel about math and learning math.


This short presentation will be an introduction the Growth Mindset Coach book which will be coveresd in detail though weekly emails for an entire year.


Phase 2:  Understanduing and Implementing the Eight effective practices – I will lead a class on each of the eight effective practices with occasional references to BTC.  These will be sometimes combined as necessary depening on the activity that will be conducted in the workshop

9:30.  Establish mathematics goals to focus learning 

Begin with short NCA  (non-curricular activities)  (I will have a few NCAs to hopefully inspire and ignite some passion for the beauty of mathematics.


We will discuss the importance of setting learning goals and a method to do so effectively.  I will have a template teachers can use to set and review goals.  This will be a short presentation and activity and teachers will receive a template for establishing and reviewing learning goals with students and parents 



Hour 2: Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solvingUse and connect mathematical representations

Begin with short NCA


In this session, we will run a white board activity and also Desmos, three-act tasks and  Open Middle problems as time allows. This period will be longer In order to demonstrate more activities.  Participants will be given access to more activities they can use in their classrooms.


The goal of this session is to get the teachers out of their chairs discussing interesting activities that they will use with their students

3:15 Phase 3:  Moving towards a thinking classroom

In this phase, I will deliver the concepts covered in BTC and we will talk about how to move towards a thinking classroom.  This will be a session on BTC with lots of spoilers and anecdotes from the BTC facebook page.


4:00. Conclusions:

Combining the key elements of Math Education in your teacher brain as you interact with students.  It is not necessary or effective to focus on each and every math practice or positive norms or SEL COMPETENCY when you lead a class, but you should have them in your mind so you can be consistent with them as you work with the kids.  I will conclude with a fast review of the “Lists” and how they interrelate so you can blend them into your teaching.

The Lists:

1.      The eight effective practices of math teaching

2.     The seven Process standards

3.     The seven Positive Norms from Mathematical Mindsets

4.     The five SEL competencies for Math education