When

The conference will be held June 23rd - 25th from approximately 9am - 4pm EST each day.

Where

Your house. 

Your couch. 

Your car. 

You decide.

How

Sessions will be pre-recorded with LIVE, limited seating workshops each afternoon.

What Else?

Session recordings will be available for 90 days. A PD certificate will be issued upon completion.

The Schedule

Wednesday, June 23rd

10 – 10:45am

Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead) – Robert Kaplinsky

Have you ever seen worksheets with dozens of the same kinds of problems or perhaps riddles at the bottom? I used similar worksheets with my students for years. What I wonder now, with more perspective, is whether they were the best option for students. For example, if a student correctly solved the first four or five problems, what extra benefit did she get from solving twenty more similar problems? What extra information did I get about what she knew? I believe that we should reconsider using worksheets like these and I have an alternative that I think is much better. In fact, I think it's the single biggest bang-for-buck change teachers can make in their classroom and I want to tell you all about it.

11 – 11:45am

Getting the Most out of Every Math Task – Zandra de Araujo
When we pick a math task for our students how do we get the most out of that task? In this session we’ll explore some simple ways to support and extend students’ thinking on every mathematics task you use, starting today!

12 - 12:45pm

Rehumanizing Mathematics With The Power of Storytelling – Sunil Singh
In this session, attendees would see how factual, procedural, and conceptual fluencies in mathematics are braided with historical fluency. And the best way to deliver that powerful idea is through storytelling/compelling narrative that illustrates the thematic development of mathematics--and that it has been mostly about slow failure.

1 - 1:45pm

Social Emotional Learning in Mathematics – Hema Khodai

The mental health and well-being of learners in our mathematics classes is essential to their academic and social success. Let us explore how we can plan the teaching and development of Social Emotional Learning skills to ensure every child's mathematical identity is honored, their mathematical ideas valued, and their mathematical agency supported.

2 - 2:45pm

Words Matter: Unlocking the Language of Math – Beatrice Moore

Twelve (12) Potential Problem categories of language challenges will be highlighted in this presentation. Participants will learn how to use graphic organizers to address these 12 challenges in mathematics. Reading and writing strategies with appropriate modifications for the mathematics classroom will also be highlighted.

3 - 3:45pm

Talking isn't Teaching – Rachael Edmonds

“I’ve told my students this a million times, and they still don’t remember.” Have you ever said those words? In this session, we will dig into how students learn. We will reflect on our own teaching practices and what our ultimate goal is for students in our classrooms. Then, we will discuss strategies that get our students thinking, problem solving, and growing smarter every day.

4 - 4:45pm

Making Math Irresistible – Dr. Raj Shah

Learn five principles which will help you make math irresistible for all kids. Every child knows how to persevere, but many are inhibited by the fear and anxiety of getting wrong answers and in turn getting bad grades. By using the same psychology that video game designers use to make games addictive, teachers can pique student curiosity, get students to embrace challenges, and persevere even when they have not yet mastered the content. You’ll learn the simple strategies to apply these 5 principles and craft learning experiences that encourage productive struggle and mathematical discourse in a natural way. Get ready to tackle a few fun math problems too!

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS ($) 5PM

  • Rehumanizing Mathematics With The Power of Storytelling WORKSHOP with Sunil Singh – In this workshop we will examine all the key elements of what not only makes a good story, but also key emotions that are integral in making any story compelling. We will then use this template to show how math concepts/problems can come alive and illustrate more depth for students by weaving in the critical elements of compelling narrative. Using examples from math history and general kid-friendly narrative, participants will see how the power of storytelling illuminates the mathematics and the humanness of the subject.
     

  • Words Matter: Unlocking the Language of Math WORKSHOP with Beatrice Moore – This small, focused group will work with Beatrice to create graphic organizers, cloze activities and other things that support language development and further investigate reading challenges and strategies. 

Thursday, June 24th 

10 – 10:45am

Designing a Quality Intervention Program – Lindsay Perro

Intervention is often a big stressor for teachers and administrators alike. It is necessary, yet somehow it is one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle to get to fit. This session will help you design and implement an intervention program in your classroom (or your school.)

11 – 11:45am

Quick Math Wins: Increase Engagement of Students Who Struggle – Juliana Tapper
Created specifically for grade 6-12 teachers working with students below grade level (intervention, algebra repeater, special education math teachers, etc.), this session will showcase four low and no prep engagement activity structures you can use with any math content in any classroom setting (in-person, virtual, or hybrid) to increase engagement of your students who struggle with mathematics.

12 - 12:45pm

Accessibility for All: Writing in Math – Juliana Matherson

The benefits of writing in math are endless... vocabulary use, error analysis, peer feedback, and so much more! Learn the importance and the process of making activities like this accessible to everyone in your classroom!

1 - 1:45pm

Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom – Pamela Seda

In this session, participants will begin to understand how negative stereotypes impact diverse mathematics learners and learn strategies that will allow them to actively work to erase the effects of those negative stereotypes on the educational outcomes of marginalized students.

2 - 2:45pm

Task Card Mania – Suzy Mahoney

Check out these 50 different ways to use task cards in your classroom whether you are teaching virtually, in-person, or a combination of the two. This session will give you ideas on how to play games and have fun doing activities using task cards. From error analysis, test prep, vocabulary, remediation, and enrichment, task cards will engage your students and save you time prepping for your classes!

3 - 3:45pm

Concept Maps – Hayley Cain

Begin with the end in mind! In this session you will learn how to break down your unit by its standards into student-friendly "I Can Statements". We will walk through the process of mapping out the unit and determining WHAT to actually teach so you can focus on the HOW you will teach. I will share my secrets of how to create a Concept Map for you and your students to reference. This session will help you be more efficient in what you are teaching while keeping you on track being able to see the unit as a whole. 

4 - 4:45pm

5 Reasons Why Students Hate Word Problems – Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr

Do you find students give up too easily when working on math problems that are unfamiliar? 

Do you find yourself stuck pre-teaching concepts to students BEFORE they have a chance to truly engage in the problem solving process just so they can “get through the problem”? 

Our constant pre-teaching of concepts is just one of the reasons students struggle with word problems and throw their hands up in frustration.

In this session, you’ll learn 5 reasons students struggle with word problems and what we can do to overcome this common math class challenge including how we can engage our students by planning and delivering lessons that ditch the “I Do, We Do, You Do” model of instruction to teaching through rich tasks to leverage student curiosity and promote resilience through problem solving.

What you’ll learn: 

  • Why pre-teaching prevents problem solving. 

  • How we can transform existing resources into engaging tasks.

  • The teacher moves necessary to build resilient problem solvers. 

  • How to deliver problem based lessons so your students think! 

  • Where to find resources to make these changes. 

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS ($) 5PM

  •  Designing a Quality Intervention Program WORKSHOP with Lindsay Perro – Work together in a small group to nail down what an intervention program would look like JUST for you next school year.
     

  • 5 Reasons Why Students Hate Word Problems WORKSHOP with Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr – Work together with Kyle and Jon to transform word problems on the fly.
     

  • Choosing to See: A Framework for Equity in the Math Classroom WORKSHOP with Pamela Seda – Go into depth with the fourth principle of the ICUCARE equity framework, Use Culturally Relevant Curricula.  Work with Dr. Seda in a small group to learn how to take a curriculum-based task and make it culturally relevant. 

Friday, June 25th 

10 – 10:45am

Making Math Fun With Math Games – Alex O’Connor

Make math more fun and engaging for your students. This session includes ideas for math games, both printed and digital, and how to use them in the classroom.

11 – 11:45am

Creating Custom Desmos Activities with Self-Checking Card Sorts and more – Maggie Weinreb

Have you ever wanted to use the Desmos Activity Builder to create interactive and engaging lessons but didn't know where to start? In this session, we will create an activity from scratch, learn the different components of the activity builder, and successfully put together a great lesson! We will also learn how to copy one (or more!) slides from another activity to add into ours. Finally, we will learn how to give feedback to students based on their card sorts!

12 - 12:45pm

PowerPoint Visuals for Secondary Math – Esther Brunat
Learn to visually engage your students by maximizing the potential of your animation tools. PowerPoint can do much more than we realize, and this session will help you build better graphs and make geometry come to life. All animation topics will be brand new and different from previous sessions. Join me in better serving your students by engaging them visually with these new skills.

1 - 1:45pm

Creating Digital Activities for Google and Microsoft – Lindsay Bowden

Learn how to create a digital activity from start to finish using Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel (whichever you prefer). This activity will be self-checking, engaging, and perfect for distance, hybrid, or in-person learning! At the end of this session, you will have a digital activity ready to go for your classroom! 

2 - 2:45pm

Let's 'Break Out' of Google Forms – Cassidy Helman

Have you ever wanted to create a breakout activity in Google Forms? During this session, you will learn to use the “response validation” feature to create a fun and engaging activity for a variety of grade levels. Come prepared with a worksheet of questions/answers and leave with a ready-to-go break out activity.

3 - 3:45pm

PowerPoint Tips and Tricks – Asia Hines
Attendees will learn tips and tricks that will help them create math resources in PowerPoint!

4 - 4:45 pm 

Using BOOM Cards in the Math Classroom – Carrie Wiederholz

Are you looking to give your students an engaging self-paced, self-checking activity to help them practice a skill that you have just taught? Boom cards are a great free resource that does just that! In this workshop, you will learn what boom cards are, how they work and get tips & tricks on how to use them in the math classroom. You will also get access to a free math Boom card deck to use in your classroom.

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS ($) 5PM

  •  Creating Custom Desmos Activities with Self-Checking Card Sorts and More WORKSHOP with Maggie Weinreb – Work directly with Maggie on turning your worksheets and classwork into Desmos activities! Get help determining which components would be best and making your whole worksheet come to life!
     

  • Making Math Fun With Math Games WORKSHOP with Alex O’Connor – Get even more details from Alex about making a game and practice creating one during this hands-on workshop.
     

  • PowerPoint Visuals for Secondary Math WORKSHOP with Esther Brunat – Take some of the skills you learned in Esther’s session and get a more tailored, personalized experience in putting them to use.  

Frequently asked questions

What grades is this event for?


This event will be geared towards teachers in grades 5 - 9, however those in grades outside this range may also find most of the content applicable to their classrooms. Be sure to read the session descriptions to see if this event will be a good fit for you!




What forms of payment are accepted?


You can register online using a credit card. If you'd like to pay with a school purchase order, please reach out to info@beyondmathconference.com




When will I gain access.


Since the event doesn't begin until June 23rd, there will be nothing to see when you first register. You'll receive a lot of emails - so we suggest making a CONFERENCE folder in your inbox to help keep you organized!




How long do I have to register?


Registration closes the DAY BEFORE the conference starts. You will not be able to register on June 23rd.




What does "Beyond Math" mean?


This conference goes "beyond math" in that it focuses on more than just how to teach math. It focuses on reaching your students, best practices, exploring different types of resources, etc.




Why do we get access for only 90 days?


The presenters are being overly generous in allowing their content to remain on the site for three months. While their content is available on the conference site, it can not be posted or shared anywhere else. If the presentations were available for a year (or eternity), the presenters would not be able to share the content from their presentation in other ways and since they own the content, that isn't fair to the hard work they put into creating it. In-person conferences, which cost a lot more, most often only allow you to absorb the information that day and then you have to rely on your notes to remember and put into action what you learned. We feel as though, especially for the low cost, three months of unlimited access is more than generous.




Why are the workshops an extra fee?


The workshops are designed to be small group sessions where attendees can get individualized help and attention from the workshop host. They will be held live on Zoom and are a separate part of the conference. If the workshops were offered as part of the regular conference ticket, it would be impossible for the workshop hosts to answer questions and include all members of the session in the same way they'll be able to with a small group. They will not be recorded in order to preserve the exclusivity of the content.




Will there be a PD Certificate?


A certificate of completion with the total number of hours will be given once the confernece is over. It is up to your school / district to decide whether it can go towards your PD hours. Even if it isn't accepted, we know you will get loads of value from this event!





 
 
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