Problem-Based Math Workshops
Strategies and resources to create engaging hands-on lessons aligned to any math standard.
Students who experience hands-on math in their classrooms are more engaged and see connections between mathematical concepts. Collaborative problem-solving helps students develop higher-order thinking and social-emotional skills.
Benefits of Problem-Based Math
Hands-on lessons increase students’ enjoyment of math and motivation to learn.
Learning through inquiry promotes deep understanding of math concepts.
Collaborative problem-solving builds communication and other social-emotional skills.
Level 1 Workshop
In level 1, participants learn about the 3 Vehicles of problem-based math: Scale Models, Equations, and Word Problems.
Day 1: Participants engage in problem-based activities using each of the 3 vehicles. We’ll explore problems from a student perspective, and discuss which standards best align with each vehicle.
Day 2: Participants plan problem-based lessons for their standards, and explore best-practices for facilitating hands-on learning.
Each participant receives a copy of Hands-On Math: Level 1 Workbook, which includes planning templates and reproducibles for classroom use.
*Bring your unit plans and pacing guides
Level 2 Workshop
Level 2 builds on Hands-On Level 1, to explore long-term planning, assessment, and collaborative learning models.
Day 1: Explore curriculum planning strategies to maximize coherence and conceptual learning. Participants will create unit plans and modify hands-on lessons to accommodate different learning needs.
Day 2: We’ll focus on collaborative learning strategies, and ways to assess participation and student artifacts.
Participants receive a copy of Hands-On Math: Level 2 Workbook, which includes planning templates and reproducibles for classroom use.
*Participants must first complete Level 1 (live or online).
This workshop aligns with Bridge 3 of our 3-Bridges Design for Learning
Inquiry-Based Learning has direct benefits for students and supports growth within the other two bridges.