|Option||Cost||University PD Credits||Choose your Instructor?||Stay with Students?||Access to Content|
|My workshop||$297 + $80 per credit||2 to 4||Yes||Yes||16 weeks|
|National math conference||$585 + travel expenses||0||Yes||No||4 days|
|University course||$725 + materials||4||No||Yes||8 weeks|
The answer to both questions is yes. What I'm sharing works both in person and remotely and I'll show you what it looks like. I recently added two new lessons to my workshop that incorporate video from two lessons I taught remotely.
For one lesson I used Desmos Activity Builder with a real world problem and for the other lesson I used Google Slides and Pear Deck with an Open Middle problem.
I recorded both of my computer's monitors simultaneously so you can see what the teacher sees on the left side and what the students see on the right side. My goal was to give you a much clearer picture of what's possible and how you can do the same with your students.
That's a fair question, so here are my thoughts. Think back to when you used your first real world lesson or Open Middle problem with your students. How did it go? If you're like me, you may have had some good moments but also things you wish went differently. I imagine that as you've used them more often, things have gotten better. Maybe kids are more engaged, conversations are richer, and misconceptions are easier to spot.
What's worth realizing is that the lessons and problems you're using haven't changed, but your facilitation skills have likely grown. My workshop is all about helping build these facilitation skills so that you feel like you've taught a lesson three or four times before you've even used it once.
So while my workshop may not introduce you to many new ideas, it should help you take the ones you're already familiar with and help you implement them even better.
Math conferences can be hit or miss, depending on the presenters you see. In the best case scenario, you see many great presenters, but when you only spend 60 to 90 minutes with them, you rarely leave with enough experience to comfortably implement what you learned. In the worst case scenario, you see many mediocre presenters and it feels like a big waste of time.
In contrast, my workshop is an extended experience with specific topics. If you want to teach math through problem solving and are interested in learning how to implement problem-based lessons and higher Depth of Knowledge Open Middle problems, then you are likely to be happy with the results. If you are not interested in those topics, then you shouldn't register.
When I was a new teacher and still earning credits to move over on the pay scale, I took two classes with universities that offered online courses. While it was convenient to take a course without leaving my house, I didn't feel like what I was learning was current and relevant to what I wanted to do with my students. I didn't know who the instructor was or if the instructor knew their content well.
So with my online workshop, I hope that you have a much better idea of what you are getting and can see that the learning is current and relevant. I hope you believe that I am able to help you implement the strategies you are looking for.
Registration opens September 23, 2022 at 8 am Pacific time. The workshop begins on October 10, 2022 and ends on November 19, 2022. You have access to the workshop content for an additional ten weeks until January 27, 2023. If for any reason you need more time, just reach email me at [email protected] and we can talk about an extension.
My workshop is about strategies you can use to help students deeply understand and make sense of mathematics. The focus is not on the content standards but rather the strategies we can use to teach them. These strategies help all students learn, from kindergarten through high school and beyond.
Previous online workshop participants have spanned the grade levels from early elementary school though middle school, high school, and college. I've got video from lessons with students from kindergarten, eighth grade, and pre-calculus. So, if you're concerned that this workshop won't have strategies you can use at your grade level, don't worry. I guarantee it will and will give you a full refund if you complete the workshop and disagree.
If you're curious because you are less comfortable with math outside your grade level and wonder if my workshop will be a good fit, the problems I use as examples are from the upper elementary and middle school range. Please email me at [email protected] if you want to talk about this in more detail.
This is an online workshop, so you need to have an Internet connected device and feel comfortable browsing websites. Most devices including computers, tablets (such as iPads), and phones should have no problem using the site.
You will need to have the ability to watch videos and some school districts block websites that play videos. If you can see the video at the top of the page, you're probably going to be fine.
Also, please ensure that emails from [email protected] will be received and not go to your SPAM folder.
Yes. Download the flyer here and feel free to share it with others.
My Empowered Problem Solving workshop costs $297.
To register using a purchase order, click on one of the "Yes, I want to register!!" buttons and continue through the checkout process. Choose the "Purchase Order" payment option, list who Grassroots Workshops should follow up with for payment, and then complete the checkout process.
If you already know the purchase order number, you can enter it then. If you don't, you can leave that field blank and enter it later when you get it.
The person you list as the follow up person should receive an email with a receipt soon afterwards. That person can use the link in the email to submit the purchase order number or pay via check or credit card.
Checks should be made payable to Grassroots Workshops and sent to:
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Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
I totally get that a two-week window makes registering for my workshop challenging when it takes a long time to get approval from your administrators or school district. In most cases, we can usually find a way to make this work. Email me at [email protected] about your situation and we can take it from there.
All you'll need for this are the email addresses for everyone you want to register. Begin by clicking on a "Yes, I want to register!!" button. Then, in the "Order Summary" section, change the number of registrations to the amount you want. Next, enter your "Contact Information" and click on the "Continue" button.
In the next step, you'll have an opportunity to enter the people you'd like to register. Here you can type or copy and paste the email addresses. They can be separated by commas, spaces, semicolons, or returns.
Then just complete the registration process like normal.
I want this workshop to be accessible to everyone. So, please email me at [email protected], explain your situation, and we'll see what we can work out.
You should receive two emails shortly after you register. One email will be your receipt from Grassroots Workshops, where the workshop is hosted. Another email will be from me and will have all the information you'll need to get started. At the bottom of that email will be a button you can click to get started.
If you already have a Grassroots Workshops account, you'll be able to log in. Otherwise you'll get to set up your account and then log in. There you'll be able to check out the welcome video, download the resources including the bonuses, and get ready for when the workshop officially begins.
This is not a workshop where you never hear from the instructor after you sign up. In addition to sending out emails and videos about what to expect, I will be very engaged on the message board and interact with posted questions and comments. Please email me at [email protected] at any time if you are not receiving the attention you need.
Yes, all videos used in this workshop have closed captions entered by hand. I have reviewed every minute of it to ensure that the captions are correct.
No. This workshop is asynchronous and self-paced with no set meeting time. You can do it at any time of the day or night. The only exception is the optional live chat which will be recorded and uploaded for you to watch later if you can't join it live.
There are just under five hours of video to watch over the six-week workshop. Remember that even though the workshop is six weeks long, you have access to the content for sixteen weeks.
My personal estimates are:
While there is no homework or extra assignments associated with this workshop, I provide several math problems that are very valuable to do. We explore these problems in terms of how students experience them and how teachers facilitate them. There is also an article to read, some activities to do on your own or with colleagues, and a message board you can interact with others on. There are no papers, reports, essays, or other written documents you must do as a part of this workshop.
The only exception is if you sign up to earn graduate level professional development credits. In that case, any work you do will be submitted directly to the University of Massachusetts Global.
You can earn two to four graduate level professional development credits through the University of Massachusetts Global. You must register for EDTU 9020: Empowered Problem Solving to earn the credits. Please check with your school or district to determine whether these credits are accepted. Note that these credits require additional fees ($80 per credit) and follow-up assignments.
If you need professional development for your teaching credential/license/certificate, my workshop might be able to help you out. Just go to Grassroots Workshops and check out the information for where you live.
Yes. After the workshop is over, participants will be able to download an electronic certificate of participation (or certificate of completion if you complete the workshop). It will list the date, the number of professional development hours you earned, your name, my workshop's name, and my name. If you need any other information on your certificate, just email [email protected] and explain what you need to have added.
If you complete my workshop and do not learn anything you can use with your students, email me at [email protected] within 10 business days of the workshop ending and I will give you a full refund.