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# Mathematics

### Math Common Core Standards in Action (CCSS)

Explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice through a series of problem solving sessions that will focus on the types of problems, facilitating techniques, and classroom culture that encourage students to engage in genuine mathematical reasoning. We will discuss each problem solving session in relation to the practice standards we enacted, and will explore how the activity can be modified for various grade levels and needs. Schools can also request sessions focusing on specific content standards (e.g., to address the increased emphasis on transformations in middle school geometry).

### The Engaged Learner in Math- Best Practices

What makes some people engage with a puzzle or problem for hours on end? Perhaps it is the thrill of tackling a challenge and figuring something out through their own reasoning powers. Perhaps it is their innate curiosity about how something "works," for example a magic trick or a device. Sometimes it may be the fun of working on something along one's friends, or really needing the answer to a question with practical implications. This workshop series explores these questions and more in the context of the classroom. General engagement principles will be discussed and applied to the context of specific mathematical topics.

### Technology Integration in Math

Come explore how software such as GeoGebra and devices such as the iPad can be used in the math classroom to offer opportunities for interactive explorations that are not possible with just pen and paper. Technology-based activities can challenge students to engage in genuine reasoning while increasing student engagement at the same time. Specific activities designed for topic introduction, practice, and assessment will be discussed.

### Higher Order Math Tasks and The PARCC

As PARCC assessments are implemented across school districts, teachers must engage students in the type of higher order thinking that is required to be successful on these assessments, particularly in mathematics. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available with great math questions that ask students to think and problem solve. In this workshop, we will share and exchange resources related to higher order math tasks and assessments.

### Affective Engagement in Math

How can we tell whether our students are truly engaged in math class? In this workshop, we will explore the affective dimension of mathematics learning and how this can impact mathematics problem solving and content learning. We will also discuss the importance of creating an emotionally safe learning environment where students can explore and discuss mathematics in a way that promotes conceptual understanding.

### Math Applications in the Classroom - Engineering Design Challenges

With STEM education receiving increasing attention, mathematics teachers can take advantage of engineering design challenges (EDCs) to highlight particular mathematics topics in a way that makes students want to engage with the material. EDCs also serve to help students see the applications of the mathematics they learn. Come work on some EDCs, learn where to find EDC databases, discover how you can use them in your mathematics classes.