2021 Virtual Mathematics Institute
with Dr. James Tanton and Jennifer Chang Wathall
Wednesday, June 30–Thursday, July 1, 2021
Transforming the Mathematics Teaching Mindset
Dr. Jennifer Chang Wathall and Dr. James Tanton facilitate this two-day, virtual mathematics institute on the teaching mindset for all teaching faculty across PreK–12. The institute will model a blended learning experience, and will include 2 two-hour synchronous sessions and 2 one-hour asynchronous sessions each day.
This two-day interactive and practical workshop looks at bringing joyful learning into the mathematics classroom and helping students understand the fundamental purposes of what they are learning in the 21st-century context. Using a constructivist approach, Jennifer and James will engage educators in group work and discussions. Educators will be given an opportunity to create artifacts to transfer and apply their learning to their own context.
We live in a content-rich society with answers to all our questions at our fingertips. And our students know that and live that! So what then is the goal of a traditional curriculum in a 21st-century environment? Participants will learn how to teach students to assess what they know, what they think they know, and how they think they know it.
This institute will address the following guiding questions:
- What is the deep conceptual storyline of mathematics for students in grade PreK–12
- How do we foster student agency, intellectual agility, and personal confidence?
- How do we create joyful mathematics learning experiences?
Conceptual themes for exploration and action:
- Growth mindset
- The power of visualization
- Designing joyful learning experiences for the math classroom: What is conceptual understanding
- Inquiry-based learning and student agency
- Unveiling evidence of learning
Artifacts produced during the workshop will include:
- Scaffolded mathematical experiences designed by educators and appropriate for their specific grade-level of teaching
- Designed enrichment opportunities for students ready to soar
- Enhanced experiences for students looking to deepen and practice their understanding.
Dr. James Tanton earned his PhD in mathematics from Princeton University. He is an author, a consultant, and ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics, and founder of the Global Math Project, an initiative to transform the entire world's perception of what mathematics can, and should, be. This initiative has reached over 6 million students and teachers across the planet. James has taught mathematics at both at universities and high schools. He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes, and facilitates professional development across the globe. James is also recipient of a Joint Policy Board for Mathematics communications award for 2020.
Dr. Jennifer Chang Wathall is an independent consultant, author, and part-time instructor for the University of Hong Kong. She is a certified trainer in the DISCtm behaviour assessment tool and she is a certified independent consultant in "Concept-Based Curriculum Design" by Dr. H. Lynn Erickson. With over 25 years’ experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools and has presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops about concept-based mathematics and concept-based curriculum and instruction to Pre-K-12 educators around the world. Jennifer holds a degree in pure and applied mathematics from the University of Sydney and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Hong Kong.
Registration cost: $750.
Financial awards are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We encourage schools and organizations to send teams whenever possible as we have found institutional learning and implementation is more impactful when teams come together. Correspondingly, we offer group discounts, and more information is available by emailing email@example.com.
All program participation fees are due in advance to confirm your registration and participation. Any cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we do not provide shuttles or other forms of transportation to Nueva, our San Mateo campus is easily accessible by Caltrain and other public transportation systems; please refer to Google maps or the Caltrain website for details. Uber and Lyft are also widely available in our area.
If you will be joining us from out of town, we recommend looking into the following hotels for your accommodations:
- Crowne Plaza - Foster City Hotel
- Courtyard San Mateo Foster City
- TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Mateo Foster City
If you utilize sites such as expedia.com or hotwire.com, search for hotels in San Mateo, Foster City, or San Carlos.
June 30–July 1, 2021