Problem-Based Math Workshops

Strategies and resources to create engaging hands-on lessons aligned to any math standard.

inquiry-based and problem-based learning creates engaging math lessons

Upcoming New Jersey Math Workshops

Manipulatives and Visual Models: Jan 16, 2020

Scale models are a fun and engaging way to help students develop their number sense, algebraic reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Number Sentence Proofs: Feb 11, 2020

Number sentence proofs are a fun and engaging way to help students develop numeracy, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving skills.

Challenging Word Problems: Mar 19, 2020

Word problems can be a great way for students to make sense of mathematical concepts by connecting them to real world situations.

All Sessions Held at West Orange Courtyard by Marriott

8 Rooney Circle, West Orange, New Jersey 07052

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.

Deep Learning

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).

Three Bridges Design for Learning balances differentiation with content coverage

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.


Content Coverage

A unique approach to traditional schooling using high-impact instructional strategies that allow the teacher to be more efficient.

Personalized Learning

Students progress toward grade-level standards at their own pace. Teachers reduce grading time and shift into the role of “guide by the side.”

Inquiry-Based Learning

By learning through exploration, each student gains something unique. IBL supports content mastery, problem solving, and social-emotional learning.


Our Workshops

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