Mathematical Modeling NEW

6th-12th Grade Mathematics (also grades K-5th)

Mathematical Modeling is a process that uses math structures and manipulatives to represent real-world problems and situations. Come learn about this process by examining the difference between mathematical modeling and and simply using manipulatives. We will discuss how to provide scaffolding for students in order to support them in deepening their content knowledge through mathematical modeling.


Fraction Breakout! NEW

6th Grade Mathematics (also grades K-5th)

Break out of your fraction rut and experience the MSiC’s new fraction lesson for sixth graders! Introducing the new Breakout EDU learning game platform, this session will put participants to the test using critical thinking skills and teamwork to successfully tackle fraction tasks. Experience for yourselves how your students will use manipulatives to develop and deepen their fraction number sense.


All Hands Ahoy! NEW

6th-7th Grade Mathematics (also grades 4th-5th)

Looking for a way to celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” (September 19th) and still assess your students’ mathematical knowledge? Well, look no further, matey. Join us on the high seas as we search for buried treasure using our math skills and historical clues. Leave with grade level specific ideas of how easy it will be to implement your own pirate adventure. No booty about it. “Come ‘n gather pirates fer a jolly hour or walk the plank.”


Coke® versus Pepsi®: Which Company is More Environmentally Friendly?

6th-8th Grade Mathematic; Geometry

Coke® and Pepsi® have competed for the best tasting soda for years, but how do they perform on the environmental front? When packaging a case of soda cans, which company uses less cardboard? How can you determine the answer? What factors need to be considered? Participants will investigate, analyze, and determine which company uses the least amount of cardboard. The results may surprise you! This activity can easily be recreated in your own classroom.


Going “C.R.A.zy” for Pre-Algebra NEW

6th-8th Grade Mathematics

Have you ever heard, “How could they have failed, I taught them that!” Maybe you did, but were you speaking their language? Come learn how the concrete, representational, and abstract continuum of learning mathematics can help improve student understanding. Shared activities will give participants the tools to help students first develop a concrete understanding of math concepts, making it more likely that they will be able to successfully perform more advanced math skills and truly understand math concepts at the representational and abstract level.


Science Topics in Math

6th-8th Grade Mathematics and Science Integrated

Looking for a way to make your math lessons more meaningful? The answer may be in a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. During this session, we will explore applications of mathematics through the lense of science topics such as changes in the climate and population. See how concepts like these can deepen student understanding of mathematics by adding a relevant context for their learning.


Middle School Math Games NEW

6th-8th Grade Mathematics

Do you need some new and exciting games to invigorate instruction and learning in your middle school classroom? Come experience math-based games that reinforce middle school math topics and engage students immediately. You will go home with a packet of new ideas that will make your students beg for game time next year!


HyperDocs for Math Classes NEW

6th-8th Grade Mathematics; Algebra I

Inspire your students with HyperDocs! HyperDocs uses the Google® platform to replace the typical worksheet by bringing together interactive activities in a virtual world, deepening student understanding through self-directed learning. Many content areas are already using HyperDocs in their instruction and the internet has a plethora of additional resources. During this session, participants will learn what a HyperDoc is, how to use it, and collaborate with colleagues to create one to take back to the classroom.


Meaningful Mathematics

6th-12th Grade Mathematics

Have you ever heard the statements, “Math is too hard!”, “Who cares?”, or my personal favorite, “When are we ever going to use this?” Dan Meyer has. Students are looking for relevance in their learning, giving their work meaning through real world applications. During this workshop, participants will be introduced to some of the resources that Dan has made available for use in your classroom. We will engage in a 3 Act Math lesson and apply this concept to mathematical topics that will engage students in meaningful mathematics.


Blocks, Beans, and Brainstorming, Oh, My!

7th-8th Grade Mathematics; Algebra I; Geometry

We all know that problem solving skills are an integral part of everyday life, but how often do we group students together to solve a problem where each student holds a crucial piece of the puzzle? Based on the “Get It Together” model, participants work collaboratively using critical thinking skills and logic to solve algebra and geometry problems. Participants will also discuss ways to incorporate more group work into their classroom instruction.


Can We Really Use Decks of Cards to Enhance Polynomial Instruction? NEW

Algebra I

Learn how to make the instruction of polynomials fun by using decks of cards! You will experience each activity first hand so you will be ready to use decks of cards in your own classroom in the fall. Most activities can be completed individually or with a partner, so you can tailor them to meet your students’ needs. The students will have fun without realizing they are gaining a deeper understanding of polynomials. Can we deal you a hand?


Math and Science CoLABoration

Algebra I

Students are always asking, “When am I going to use this?” Help students make those connections with science as your tool. Come and experience science activities that you can use in your math classroom to increase your students’ ability to apply mathematics. Probes and other scientific instruments will be used to show the usefulness of mathematics in the world of science.


Meaningful Marbles NEW

Algebra I

Students can have a hard time fully understanding slope and slope intercept form. During this session, participants will work on math/science integrated activities in which they collect data and then use this data to identify the important characteristics that define a linear equation, and ultimately write the equation of the line that fits their data. Other applications of the data set will be discussed. This workshop will give marbles new meaning in your classroom!


Potpourri of Algebra I

Algebra I

Do you need some new ideas for teaching, reviewing, or enriching Algebra I topics? You will learn new ways to present numerous algebra units including slope, systems of equations, polynomial operations, and factoring in an engaging and interactive environment. Participants will get a packet of all activities to use in their classroom.


Potpourri of Algebra II

9th-12th Grade Mathematics; Algebra II

Do you need some new ideas for teaching, reviewing or enriching Algebra II topics? Well, this is the place for you! You will learn new ways to present quadratics, factoring, complex numbers and fractals in an engaging and interactive environment. Participants will get a packet of activities, games, journals and projects for their classroom.


Potpourri of Geometry


Do you need some new ideas for teaching, reviewing, or enriching Geometry topics? You will learn new ways to present numerous geometric units including polygons, circles, volume, and surface area in an engaging and interactive environment. Participants will get a packet of all activities to use in their classroom.


The Cookie Conundrum

AFDA; Statistics

Are Double Stuf Oreos® as stuffed as they claim to be? Based on the conclusions of one statistics class, many large media outlets concluded that cookie maker Nabisco® may have been misleading in their advertisements. Come conduct your own statistical experiment to find the real answer and discuss ways of engaging students in these types of authentic problems.