MATH PLUS National Conference

Greg Tang's 7th Annual MATH PLUS Conference will be held July 14-16, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. We will have three specially-designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers.

Do you have students who struggle with math facts or lack number sense? Do you have advanced learners who need to be challenged? Do you have students in the middle who are capable of so much more? If you are ready to take your teaching and students to the next level, then join us for Greg Tang’s 2020 MATH PLUS Conference!

The theme for our conference this year is Back To Basics. Can less ever be more? Can focusing on a few, key concepts and strategies at each grade level be helpful to students of all abilities and especially those who struggle? Is mastering fundamental skills the secret to learning and mastering more advanced, higher level skills later?

For this year’s Math Plus Conference, Greg has designed a curriculum that consists of core workshops plus electives. No hit-or-miss sessions here, our speakers will cover fundamental concepts in depth during our core sessions, then apply them in creative and compelling ways in our elective sessions.

Since a curriculum is only as good as the teachers who teach it, Greg has assembled a team of the most well-respected and highly-regarded math educators in the U.S. today. Together, they have sold more than a million books, taught over 3 million students, and pioneered some of the most effective teaching methods used in classrooms around the world.

Our speakers will make sense of the most important concepts and strategies at each grade level, share daily routines and activities that build foundational skills and fill gaps in understanding, and explore teaching methods that develop the higher-order thinking skills kids need to excel in math and in life.


Dr. Nicki Newton

Chris Shore

Sue O'Connell

Greg Tang Sr

Dr. Barbara Oakley

Cathy Kuhns

Greg Tang Jr

Dr. Marian Small

John SanGiovanni

Tammy Tang
WHAT MAKES MATH PLUS SO DIFFERENT?

First, we offer carefully coordinated workshops that provide a deeper, more connected understanding of mathematics. The strategies and teaching techniques we offer have been pioneered by our speakers and tested in classrooms across the world.

Unlike many conferences that offer a hodgepodge of sessions and topics, Greg has worked with his team to design grade-specific curriculums that target the most important strategies, skills and standards. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of both effective teaching methods and important mathematical content.

Second, our speakers have been selected because they are master communicators who can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely. Each is a proven orator and author, and together they have trained thousands of teachers and sold millions of books.

More importantly, every speaker is friendly, approachable and exceptionally nice too! Our goal is a collegial atmosphere that encourages questions, dialogue and meaningful interactions. We want this to be the best three days of learning you have ever experienced.

Third, unlike large conferences with huge budgets for marketing, we put all of our time, energy, and resources into our speakers and curriculum. We provide 17 hours of math instruction plus an additional 6 hours of instruction in the arts. That’s 23 hours of world-class instruction in just 3 days. We are excited and ready to work with you!

WHY IS IT CALLED "MATH PLUS"?

In addition to helping you become a better math teacher, we want our conference to be a truly inspiring experience – one that re-energizes you, rekindles your passion for teaching, and rejuvenates your spirit. Our goal is to open eyes and minds to new ways of learning, teaching, living and being. Isn’t it finally time to try the things you have always wanted to try?

The extraordinary Nicole Grant, one of Boston’s finest instructors, will be back to both energize and soothe you. If you have ever wanted to try yoga or meditation, now is the time. We'll provide a yoga mat and early morning wake-up call. Nicole will provide expert instruction and encouragement.

Do you ever feel left out at parties or weddings when the dancing starts? Join us for our nightly swing and salsa lessons. If Greg can do it – anybody can do it! Check out the fun at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

We hope you will join us for this year’s MATH PLUS Conference. It is a new paradigm for professional development – idealistic, intimate and inspiring. Attendees have described our family-run conference as "life-changing" and “by far the best they have ever attended.”

For three, magical days in July, we want you to feel inspired, encouraged, challenged and cared for. Sold out every year since we started in 2014 – even better in 2020. Greg and his team welcome you to Kansas City!

Register

The cost of our conference is $879, with a daily breakfast and lunch included. Register by March 31st to lock in last year's rate of $829!

Our goal is to make this the best three days of learning you have ever experienced. We hope you will help us spread the word by sharing our link with your friends and colleagues: gregtangmath.com/mathplus.

Together, we can make the 2020 Math Plus Conference a conference to remember!

Booking overnight accommodations at the Westin at Crown Center Kansas City, where all workshop events will take place, is done directly through the hotel. View the hotel info page to see full details about booking your room.

Questions? Please contact us at: contact@tangmath.com.

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Presenters

Greg Tang has done over 4,000 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 19 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and 6 other books from Scholastic. His website GregTangMath.com has over 93 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of school math programs across the country.
Dr. Marian Small is former Dean of Education at University of New Brunswick in Canada. She is an author of many K-12 books including Good Questions: A Great Way to Differentiate Math Instruction and Understanding the Math We Teach & How to Teach It. Marian keynotes math conferences around the world and her focus is on teacher questioning to get at the important math, to include and extend all students, and to focus on critical thinking and creativity.
Dr. Barbara Oakley is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Michigan. Her work focuses on the relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Her online course “Learning How to Learn” is one of the world’s most popular MOOCs with nearly 3 million registered students. Her NY Times best-selling book Learning How to Learn gives kids neuroscientific tools to help their learning.
Sue O'Connell is a former teacher, reading specialist, math coach, and school improvement specialist. She is the lead author of Heinemann's Math in Practice series and co-author of Putting the Practices Into Action and Mastering the Basic Math Facts. Sue is a national speaker and consultant and director of Quality Teacher Development, an organization committed to providing outstanding math professional development.
John SanGiovanni is an elementary math supervisor in Howard County, Maryland. He is the coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action and the Mastering the Basic Math Facts series. John is an instructor and coordinator at McDaniel College and a frequent speaker at national conferences. John currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors.
Dr. Nicki Newton builds on current curriculum research and theory to provide practical and realistic 21st century strategies for today’s elementary classrooms. She is the author of professional development books including Guided Math in Action, Math Workshop in Action, Math Running Records in Action, Math Problem Solving in Action and Math Workstations in Action. She is an avid pinner, blogger and tweeter.
Chris Shore is a high school math teacher of 28 years and also serves as a district math coach in Temecula, CA. He is a nationally renowned presenter and trainer offering workshops such as Reaching and Teaching Those Kids, and Clothesline Math. He is a recipient of the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has led schools to significant improvements in standardized test scores.
Catherine Kuhns is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught every grade from preschool through grade 4. Her books include Common Core Math in Action, Building Number Sense, and Number Wonders. Catherine received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching given by the White House and National Science Foundation.
Greg Tang Jr. leads more than 200 onsite teacher workshops, student enrichment sessions, and family math nights each year. He is the creator of Tangy Tuesday™ and Wordy Wednesday™ puzzles, and inventor of the popular math game Tenframe Mania™. He is a master game developer, programmer, and favorite among teachers, students, and math coaches.
Tammy Tang is the author of 10+ best-selling technology books and a nationally known presenter and technology consultant. She is a keynote and featured speaker at many of the biggest technology conferences including ISTE, TCEA, NCCE and NCTies. Tammy works with K-12 teachers and students around the country, and she specializes in finding more creative and effective ways to apply technology in the classroom.
Nicole Grant continues to study yoga in the BKS Iyengar tradition, is a Level III-certified Usui Reiki practitioner, Life Purpose Coach, Integrative Nutrition Therapist, and founder of the Yoga Mandala studio in Winchester, Massachusetts. Attendees at Math Plus have raved about Nicole’s yoga and meditation classes and she joins us again for her sixth year.
Oscar Hampton is passionate about swing dancing, and dances from his soul. He is an accomplished performer, competitor and instructor in both the Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing communities. Oscar is dedicated to growing and improving the swing dance community by reaching out to as many new dancers as possible, and presenting them with solid foundational dance technique in a fresh and fun way.
Nancy Murphy has been dancing since early childhood, and has been teaching partnered dance in the Boston area for over 25 years. As a social dancer, Nancy can be seen on the floor at events ranging from Milongas to Swing dance clubs to everything in between. Nancy has trained many Boston area dancers and teachers and returns to Math Plus for her seventh year.

Schedule

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Sessions

JULY 14

JULY 15

JULY 16

Keynote

Focus on Fundamentals, Keynote All Grades
Greg Tang Sr

What are the few, really important concepts kids need to know at every grade level? Are there some that are obvious and others that are not? What if the ones that are not obvious are actually the key to math at the upper grade levels?

In the opening keynote, we will explore how our individual math tendencies can help us in some ways and hold us back in others. We will model and solve a clever progression of problems that will shed light on our own unique abilities and help us become the best math teachers we can be.

K-2 Sessions

All New Number Sense and Reasoning Routines – Grades K-2
John SanGiovanni

Do your K-2 students struggle with reasoning about numbers and quantity, addition and subtraction, decomposition or even counting principles? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? This session provides participants with all new dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any K-2 mathematics class.

Fluency & Facts – Grades K-2
Sue O'Connell

Moving Beyond Memorization: A Focus on Addition and Subtraction Fact Fluency

Mastery of addition and subtraction facts is about more than memorization. Through explorations in which students explore operations, observe number patterns, and make connections to properties, our students make sense of the facts and emerge with fluency and number sense. Discover investigations, discussions, visual models, children’s literature, and fluency games that develop an understanding of basic addition and subtraction facts and move students toward fact fluency.

The Power of Place Value – Grades K-2
Greg Tang Sr

Place value might be the most important concept kids do not understand well. Yet understanding our number system is the key to having good number sense and being computationally fluent with numbers both large and small.

In this session, we will help students understand this critical concept in an age-appropriate way. We will use a concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) progression of models starting with ten frames and unifix cubes, moving to base 10 blocks, base 10 discs, and place value discs, and finally expanded form written first as number bonds and later as equations.

To make sense of formal number names, we will use nicknames and “funny numbers” to make short work of regrouping and other seemingly difficult concepts. We will see why “shifting” tens and hundreds is far better than trading them, and why using hundred charts, number lines, and other traditional teaching tools may not be the best way to go.

We will use a 3-part lesson structure to explore, consolidate, and apply key place value concepts. Join us and experience firsthand the power of discovery for make learning more exciting, more empowering, and more effective. Place value will never be the same!

Math Centers – Grades K-2
Greg Tang Jr

Can math centers be an effective way to reinforce key skills, fill gaps in knowledge, provide thoughtful repetition and practice, and make learning more personal for kids of all abilities? Yes – provided that the activities are well-designed, carefully-thought out, and target key skills, strategies and standards in a systematic and sensible way.

In this session, we will explore what makes a math center effective. Does it develop reasoning or computational skills, or both? If it’s a group activity, does it encourage cooperation or competition? Can it be used for independent practice? If so, is the activity self-checking or does the teacher have to keep an eye out to make sure students are not practicing mistakes? Does the activity have high “math density” or is a lot of time spent on non-math activities?

Join us as we play 5 engaging and educating math games, and solve 5 amazingly addictive math puzzles. Our card games, board games, digital games, and puzzles develop key reasoning and computational skills at each grade level and encourage the mindset and perseverance kids need as they grow older. Should every second of math class be filled with joy? No, but every second playing our games will be!

3-5 Sessions

Fluency & Facts – Grades 3-5
Sue O'Connell

Moving Beyond Memorization: A Focus on Multiplication and Division Fact Fluency

Mastery of multiplication and division facts is about more than memorization. Related standards challenge our students to understand operations, interpret equations, apply properties, and understand inverses. Discover investigations, discussions, visual models, children’s literature, and fluency games that deepen students’ understanding of multiplication and division facts and move them toward fact fluency.

All New Number Sense and Reasoning Routines – Grades 3-5
John SanGiovanni

Do your 3-5 students struggle with number relationships and decomposition, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and even fractions? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? This session provides participants with all new dynamic, doable activities that engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any 3-5 mathematics class.

Math Centers – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang Jr

Can math centers be an effective way to reinforce key skills, fill gaps in knowledge, provide thoughtful repetition and practice, and make learning more personal for kids of all abilities? Yes – provided that the activities are well-designed, carefully-thought out, and target key skills, strategies and standards in a systematic and sensible way.

In this session, we will explore what makes a math center effective. Does it develop reasoning or computational skills, or both? If it’s a group activity, does it encourage cooperation or competition? Can it be used for independent practice? If so, is the activity self-checking or does the teacher have to keep an eye out to make sure students are not practicing mistakes? Does the activity have high “math density” or is a lot of time spent on non-math activities?

Join us as we play 5 engaging and educating math games, and solve 5 amazingly addictive math puzzles. Our card games, board games, digital games, and puzzles develop key reasoning and computational skills at each grade level and encourage the mindset and perseverance kids need as they grow older. Should every second of math class be filled with joy? No, but every second playing our games will be!

Measurement & Data – Grades 3-5
Chris Shore

There is only one way that students learn how to measure... they must measure things. Simply answering questions about measurement will not engrain this important skill in children. Let’s discover the concepts and skills they will need to learn at the 3-5 grade level and the kind of tasks in which they will need to participate in order to acquire the ability to collect, represent and interpret data.

6-8 Sessions

Making Rational Numbers Seem More Rational – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

Fractions seem to be just a bunch of symbols and rules to most students (and teachers), because the conceptual understanding of the meaning of fractions is lacking. Why do we find common denominators when adding, but not when multiplying? Why do we invert when dividing? While using manipulatives and purposeful questions, let’s take a deep dive into what fractions really are and why they have such funky rules for their operations. Then we can solve some of these fraction problems and learn new techniques to implement traditional procedural practice as you improve your own content knowledge of fractions.

Ratios, Unit Rates & Proportional Reasoning – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang Sr

Proportional reasoning is the heart of middle school math and one of the most important skills kids need to have. Join us as we explore a natural and intuitive way of developing this key skill by solving a progression of multiplicative comparison problems. We will first model them concretely, then pictorially, and finally abstractly.

Can multiplication and division be taught as proportional thinking? Can visual models help kids think proportionally about fractions, decimals, ratios, and unit rates? Can students learn to use proportional reasoning to make sense of linear equations and solve challenging word problems?

Our carefully constructed progression of problems connect multiplication, division, fractions, ratios, and unit rates, while laying the groundwork for slope. We will use visual models to help students see and understand proportional relationships – including tape diagrams, double-sided number lines, and tables. Where do algebraic equations fit in? After students have already learned to think proportionally. Ratios and unit rates will never be the same!

Electives

Math Literature – Grades K-5
Sue O'Connell

Math in Context: Using Children's Literature to Explore Numbers and Operations

Join us to explore children’s books that provide a springboard to think about, talk about, and better understand numbers and operations. Explore how to use before-, during-, and after-reading questions to ignite students’ curiosity and prompt insights and reflections. Gather new titles that correlate to K-5 math standards and gather tips for posing problem-based tasks focused on the story context. Discover how children’s literature brings energy to your math classroom as your students experience math in context.

Developing Language AND Mathematics – Grades K-5
John SanGiovanni

Mathematics is believed to be a universal language but every teacher knows that isn’t the case. Students who are developing language, including emerging bilinguals or ELL students, face clear challenges when learning mathematics skills and concepts. In this session, participants learn about practical, necessary strategies for developing language while teaching mathematics. A collection of ready-to-use resources will be provided for developing vocabulary and supporting discussions and writing in mathematics.

Google Activities – Grades 3-5
Tammy Tang

Join Tammy and experience firsthand clever activities that will transform your kids from consumers of information to producers of knowledge. They will learn important computer skills, from drag and drop to spreadsheet formulas and functions, from pizza glyphs to T-rrific t-shirts, fact flippers, and a guess-my-number game. You will leave with the skills to apply Tammy’s ideas to other content areas and the confidence to create your own.

Area Model Magic – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang Sr

Is there a tool that can help students become fluent with their math facts? Develop proportional reasoning skills? Make sense of algebraic equations? A tool that is so intuitive that kids and adults of all ages find them immediately compelling, clever, and clear? Yes. And it’s the area model!

Join us as we explore this incredibly powerful but frequently overlooked tool. At every grade level, there are key, “go-to,” non-negotiable models that kids have to learn well. For grades 3 thru 5, area models are exactly that. They make sense of multiplication and division with whole numbers of all sizes, and generalize easily to operations with fractions and decimals.

What about grades 6 thru 8? The magic continues. Area models are the key to helping kids understand the distributive property, positive and negative quantities, averages, rates of change, and so much more. Join us and experience area in new and exciting ways. Length times width will never feel the same!

Solving the Equation Sandwich – Grades 5-8
Chris Shore

Conceptual understanding needs to precede procedural fluency. This is particularly true when asking students to solve equations. In other words, students need to know why the algorithms work. By using manipulatives, and posing purposeful questions, these model lessons in which you will participate will make it easy for you teach students this understanding and ability. Let’s have fun learning and teaching one of the most important standards in the middle school curriculum. Then we can solve some serious algebra problems to learn these techniques as you improve your own content knowledge of algebraic equations.

JULY 14

JULY 15

JULY 16

Keynote

Learning How to Learn: Helping Students Succeed in School – Keynote All Grades
Barbara Oakley

Teachers often have a feel for what they’re supposed to be teaching in the classroom. But they often don’t know why. This keynote will provide practical insights, using recent light microscopy imagery and neural animations, about how the brain learns. By seeing the restrictions of working memory, you’ll gain a better idea of how to structure teaching to avoid student cognitive overload. And by understanding the changes that good teaching can make in students’ brains, you’ll gain a better idea of how to help students neurally encode information, concepts, and techniques and move information into long-term memory—the essence of learning.

Learning Objectives:
1. Be able to describe the difference between working memory and long-term memory, and explain how this impacts your presentation of materials.
2. Explain from a neural perspective why procrastination occurs, and some of the best approaches we know from neuroscience about how to tackle it.
3. Explain why creating sets of neural links in long-term memory is so vital to the learning process.

K-2 Sessions

A Visual Approach to Word Problems – Grades K-2
Greg Tang Jr

Do your students struggle with word problems? Do they guess at operations based on key words? Do they think the bigger number in a problem is always “the whole?” Do you find yourself repeatedly asking kids to read the entire problem and to try to make sense of the story?

Join us as we use part-whole models and tape diagrams (bar models) to make sense of all 15 types of addition and subtraction word problems. We will put problem types in a sensible order, and build skills systematically so kids naturally learn to solve more challenging start unknown problems, comparison problems, and two-step problems.

To develop our kids' conceptual understanding, we will explore numberless problems, questionless problems, problems with errors, and rigorous problems that require greater reasoning skills, not more arithmetic. We’ll see how word problems can be a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking.

Exploring Time and Money – Grades K-2
Sue O'Connell

The skills of telling time and counting money can be challenging for today’s students who have less exposure to analog clocks and fewer opportunities to pay for items with coins. Gather fun and effective ways for building students’ skills with these measurement concepts, including number routines, discussion starters, and interactive practice tasks that focus on critical number patterns. Discover literature connections that set a context for time and money investigations and discover problem-solving tasks that blend basic money skills with critical addition and subtraction concepts.

Instruction & Intervention – Grades K-2
Greg Tang Sr

Do you have students who struggle with their basic addition facts? Have poor number sense? Have trouble with place value, regrouping, missing addend, or comparison problems?

Join us as we take a “less is more” approach to teaching critical concepts and skills, including proven progressions of concrete, pictorial, and abstract models (C-P-A) that give kids a deeper, more connected understanding of number, operations, and word problems.

We will also address perhaps the biggest challenge we face when doing intervention. How do we help students with their current grade level understanding and skills when it is clear they are 1 or more years behind? Is it possible to teach current skills while at the same time filling in pre-requisite skills and gaps in knowledge? Join us and see why the surprising answer is “yes!”

Subtraction is NOT just about take-away – Grades K-2
Marian Small

Although the take-away meaning of subtraction remains important, it is only one of the meanings we want students to relate to subtraction and we need to make sure that we do not overemphasize subtraction as take-away.

Students need to learn how to both model and figure out why, e.g. 30 – 18 also asks how much more 30 is than 18 or how much to add to 18 to get 30. Students need to see that regrouping problems are not always harder: For example, 20 – 19 might actually be easier than 28 – 15 for lots of students.

We will explore interesting problems involving subtraction that K-2 students can handle.

    For example:
  • Is it possible to subtract a number and end up with the number you subtracted? How does that happen?
  • What would you subtract to have only 10 left (or only 1 left)?
  • When you subtract a 2-digit number from a 2-digit number, how many digits could your answer have?
  • is it possible to subtract a number and end up with EXACTLY 10 less than if you had added the number instead? How does that happen?

3-5 Sessions

Understanding Fractions: A Focus on Foundations – Grades 3-5
Sue O'Connell

Do your students understand fractions as numbers? Can they explain what a numerator and denominator represent, model the same fraction in different ways, or compare fractions using varied strategies that attest to their understanding? Discover ways to build students’ fraction sense through investigations with models and lots of math talk. Discover literature connections, critical questions, and engaging practice tasks that prompt deep thinking about foundational fraction concepts.

A Visual Approach to Word Problems – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang Jr

Do your students struggle with word problems? Do they guess at operations based on key words? When they read “3 times as many” do they multiply whatever number they see by 3? When they read “1/2 as many” do they automatically divide a number by 2? Do you find yourself repeatedly asking them to read carefully and try to make sense of the story?

Join us as we use tape diagrams (bar models) to visualize and model challenging, multistep addition and subtraction word problems with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. We will then apply them more generally to solve multiplication and division problems with remainders, and multiplicative comparison problems with both whole numbers and fractions.

Throughout the session, we will solve problems in a strategic order as we build skills systematically and sensibly. You will come away with a better understanding of the many types of multiplication and division word problems, how to model and teach them more effectively, and how to develop the proportional reasoning skills kids need for higher math.

What’s So Hard About Place Value – Grades 3-5
Chris Shore

Place value is one of the cornerstones of our mathematical system, and yet, student have such a tough time learning this critical concept. We will start with understanding various other systems of assigning value so we understand why place value, though the most powerful of the systems, is the also the most difficult to learn. You will also participate in an activity that help you feel the difficultly students have in learning place value. Then you will be empowered with tasks to take back to your classroom that will help students make sense of place value.

Instruction & Intervention – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang Sr

Do you have students who struggle with their multiplication and division facts? Have poor number sense? Have trouble with rounding and operations with fractions and decimals?

Join us as we take a “less is more” approach to teaching critical concepts and skills. We will explore proven progressions of concrete, pictorial, and abstract models (C-P-A) that give kids a deeper, more connected understanding of number, operations, and word problems.

We will also address perhaps the biggest challenge we face when doing intervention. How do we help students with their current grade level understanding and skills when it is clear they are 1, 2 or 3 or more years behind? Is it possible to teach current skills while at the same time filling in pre-requisite skills and gaps in knowledge? Join us and see why the surprising answer is “yes!”

Ratio & Percent – Grades 6-8
Marian Small

What are the Important Ideas When Working with Ratio and Percent and How do I Bring Them Out?

The focus of the session will be on helping students interpret what ratios and percents mean so students can effectively make sense of and estimate solutions to problems involving ratio and percent.

    For example, we want students to be able to answer:
  • 150% of ____ is more than 100% of ____.
  • 80% of ____ is a little less than 40% of _____.
  • If I only pay 25% of a price that was already reduced by 50%,
    then I am only paying ____% of the original price.

Statistics for Your 21st Century Middle School – Grades 6-8
Chris Shore

The second hardest word in the new 21st century standards is ‘statistics,’ the hardest being ‘all.’ This means that we need to teach statistics to all students at all secondary grade levels. As the new standards where being developed, the business community begged for more statistics in the curriculum due to the ever-growing existence of big data in the current economy. So let’s be sure we know these standards and how to teach them. We will take a journey from graphic displays, inference and linear regressions.

Electives

Lesson Design & Delivery – Grades K-5
Greg Tang Sr

In this session, Greg will use a simple 3-part lesson structure to teach three mini lessons. You won’t just hear about effective design and delivery – you will experience it firsthand.

Each mini-lesson will begin with exploration in small groups, followed by whole class instruction, and finally more group work or reflection. Teachers will see how a seemingly mundane problem can be transformed into an engaging and enlightening math talk.

Could a simpler, more strategic lesson structure be the key to more systematic and successful math instruction? Join us as we explore key components of an effective math lesson, including differentiated learning, effective intervention and enrichment, and the critical role of group work, independent practice, and formative assessment.

What does critical thinking look like in K-5 math? – Grades K-5
Marian Small

We are told regularly how important critical thinking is, but what does it look like in elementary math?

    Today we will focus on these aspects of critical thinking:
  • decision making in solving problems
  • assumptions we make in solving problems
  • seeing a mathematical situation from a different point of view
  • exploring how convincing a mathematical argument is
    Here are three of the many questions we will consider as examples.
  1. Can you see both an addition and a subtraction in the same picture of objects? How?
  2. What shape doesn't belong and why?
  3. How many apples can you buy for $10?
Digging Deeper Into the Science of Learning – Grades K-8
Barbara Oakley

In this workshop, we will delve deeply into what is meant, from a neuroscientific perspective, by the term “active learning.” We will also discuss why retrieval practice is invaluable in enhancing active learning; the effect size of different instructional interventions; evolutionary primary versus evolutionary secondary material and their relationship with student-centered versus direct instruction; the role of learning individual facts in allowing the hippocampus (and students!) to develop a feel for overall patterns; and how to detect educational fads.

Learning Objectives:
1. Be able to explain the difference between biologically primary and biologically secondary materials, and explain how this impacts the teaching profession.
2. Describe from a neuroscientific perspective what is meant by the term “active learning,” and explain how to best enhance active learning.
3. Explain why taking small breaks and using cooperative activities can be so helpful in placing information in long-term memory.

Nurturing Perseverance for Rich Math Tasks – Grades 3-8
Sue O'Connell

A critical element for math success is the ability to persevere, and yet perseverance is difficult for many of our students. Why do students give up? How can we help them remain focused? What types of tasks present the greatest challenge? Explore ways to spark discussions about what perseverance means and its value to mathematicians. Gather ideas for helping students identify strategies for moving forward when they want to give up. Discover where to find complex math tasks that challenge students’ perseverance. Gather practical strategies and teaching tips to help your students nurture this critical disposition.

Clothesline Math – Grades 5-8
Chris Shore

Clothesline Math has arrived! You will learn the power of this dynamic number sense tool and see how well it teaches important concepts such as fractions, ratios and variables. The new 21st Century standards mention an ‘open number line’ over twenty times. You will learn what that means, why it is important for children to experience it, and how the ‘Master Number Sense Maker’ will help you teach students both current content and much needed number sense simultaneously.

JULY 14

JULY 15

JULY 16

Keynote

Enrichment – Keynote All Grades
Marian Small

How Do we Enrich the Math Learning Experience for ALL Students, Including Those Who Are Highly Capable?

I don’t think the answer to enrichment is either just harder questions or acceleration. So the question is what it could look like so that even students struggling in math have “enrichment” but students who are highly capable get a chance to stretch themselves too.

I think that there are a few strategies that I depend on a lot. One is the encouragement of the “unusual”. For example, if I ask how to continue the pattern 1, 3, 5,… I could ask for an answer that makes sense other than 7, 9, 11,….

Another related strategy is the use of what I call open questions- questions that can be answered in many different ways, some that allow entry for students for whom math does not come easily, and some that encourage highly capable students to push themselves. For example, I might ask: You add two numbers and subtract the same two numbers. The sum is 3 times the difference. What could the numbers be?

This last question is one that leads to a generalization, not just a single answer. I think highly capable students look for generalizations to make their math experience richer. We will explore lots of possibilities from lower grades through Grade 8.

K-2 Sessions

Exploring Linear Measurement – Grades K-2
Sue O'Connell

Explore the progression of skills from measuring items by lining objects end-to-end to using rulers to find linear measurement to applying measurement skills to solve math problems. Discover engaging tasks, literature links, and discussion questions that focus on measurement skills and relate those skills to problem tasks. Explore the connections between measurement standards and students’ explorations with addition and subtraction.

Math Running Records – Grades K-2
Nicki Newton

Math Running Records is a way to assess the overall basic fact fluency of the elementary student. It is a 3-step interview assessment that looks at accuracy, flexibility, efficiency and automaticity. The first part of the assessment is a quick overview of where students are with basic facts and how they are thinking about numbers. The second part of the assessment takes a deeper dive into finding out what student strategy levels are and how they are using various strategies to solve facts. The third part of the assessment looks at the mathematical disposition of the student and how that informs their effort in learning their basic facts. Taken together this gives the teacher an overall basic math fact profile to inform instruction. This evidence-based system is being used around the U.S., Japan, Qatar and Mexico. Come learn how to do them!

Workstations – Grades K-2
Nicki Newton

Math Workstations is an exciting, engaging, instructional strategy. Everybody wants to do it, but how? In this engaging, educational and resource-filled institute, teachers will learn how to do it! They will see how to create standards-based math workstations that rock, workshop management strategies that work, and assessment tools that inform instruction! Dr. Nicki will teach about planning for, creating and assessing productive leveled math workstations! We will discuss matching activities to students, incorporating the 4 must have workstations and using technology throughout the workstations.

Number Bonds – Grades K-2
Cathy Kuhns

Understanding and recalling the basic facts to 20 is critical for our students leaving second grade. This requires careful scaffolding of lessons in grades K, 1, and 2. In this session we will focus on the strategies for teaching these critical concepts from manipulative to mental math.

3-5 Sessions

How Do we Most Effectively Make Sense of Fraction Operations? – Grades 3-5
Marian Small

Rather than too quickly moving to rules, we need students to make sense of what addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions mean.

We will focus on helping students estimate answers before calculating them and how students can use visual tools, particularly grids (even for addition and subtraction), but also fraction strips, to operate with fractions.

    We will also explore questions like these:
  • You added two fractions and the answer was just a tiny bit more than 1. What might you have added?
  • You subtracted two fractions and the denominator was 15. What might you have subtracted?
  • You multiplied two fractions and the answer was a LOT less than the second one. What might you have multiplied?

Measure Up To The Standards – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang Sr

When your students take the state assessments, are there certain topics they struggle with year after year? Do elapsed time problems give them trouble? Do they struggle to put fractions and decimals on a number line? Do they have trouble rounding numbers? Do they confuse line plots with pictographs? Do they have difficulty plotting and interpreting points on the coordinate plane?

In this session, we will explore why number lines are so confusing for kids and how we might teach them better. They are the key to visualizing elapsed time problems, helpful for understanding, identifying, and comparing fractions, decimals and negative numbers, and a key component of both line plots and the coordinate plane.

Of all the content areas, Measurement & Data might be the most overlooked. Ironically, understanding data and statistics is becoming increasingly important in everyday life. Join us and see student understanding go up, engagement go up, and test scores go up.

Geometry – Grades 3-5
Cathy Kuhns

In this hands-on session we will look closely at the beauty of this real-world domain by constructing geometric designs, measuring angles using paper and manipulatives, and applying the hierarchy of shapes. If possible, please bring a pair of scissors, if not, scissors will be supplied.

Creating, Understanding, and Analyzing Line Plots – Grades 3-5
Sue O'Connell

Gather ideas for helping students construct fraction number lines, plot data on the number lines, analyze and describe sets of data, and solve problems about the data. Discuss the challenges at each step in the process from construction to problem solving. Discover children’s books and real world data that set a context for exploring line plots, and examine questions that prompt students’ thinking about both the data and the process.

6-8 Sessions

Rate of Change – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang Sr

Are there any really, really important math concepts kids might not understand well but if they did, math would be so much more enjoyable and helpful? In this session, we will cover two that immediately come to mind.

The first is the idea that relationships can be multiplicative rather than additive. The second is that while we start by thinking about part-whole relationships when we are young, we need to shift to making comparisons as we get older.

What if many kids never learn to think multiplicatively and never learn to shift from part-whole thinking to comparing? Will they struggle with fractions, ratios, unit rates and slope?

Join us as we solve a carefully constructed progression of problems that encourages kids – and teachers too – to make these two fundamental shifts in their thinking. Developing proportional reasoning skills is the first step. Understanding rate of change is the second!

What should we be assessing and how do we do it? – Grades 6-8
Marian Small

Some of our time together will focus on the importance of observation and conversation, as opposed to only tests and quizzes, as important pieces in assessment of learning.

Some of our time together will focus on the critical importance of formative assessment with lots of examples of what it could look like.

The rest of our time together will focus on what we assess. I am advocating that it’s about standards for practice and not just content. But even in the realm of content, I think it should be less procedure and more understanding and problem solving. My experience is that we rarely ask understanding type questions and we need to do a lot more of this.

    Here are a couple of examples of the difference between procedural and understanding questions:
  • What is 35% of 58? Vs.
  • WITHOUT GETTING AN ANSWER, how do you know that 35% of 58 should be about 20?
  • OR
  • Solve 100 x + 6 = 87x + 2. Vs.
  • WITHOUT SOLVING, how do you know that the solution to the equation 100x + 6 = 87x + 2 has to be negative?

Electives

Daily Math Fluency Routines – Grades K-5
Nicki Newton

In this session we will look at how Daily Interactive Math Thinking Routines provide a student-friendly, engaging, standards-based way to engage in distributed practice of priority standards throughout the year. In this session we will go over 20 Must Do Routines that get students thinking, discussing and wrestling with math. We will also discuss how to set up routines so that you are reviewing counting and cardinality, place value, fluency, vocabulary, fractions/decimals and word problems on a continuous basis. These routines integrate the content and the practices to provide rich activities that students love doing because it is “hard fun!”

Fluency Games: Practice with Purpose – Grades K-5
Sue O'Connell

Math fact fluency begins with a strong understanding of patterns and properties and the development of mental strategies, but once strategies are developed, students benefit from ongoing practice to achieve fluency. Discover a wealth of fluency games that your students will love! Examine the qualities of effective fluency games and discover ways to modify the games to meet the varied needs of your students. Whether your focus is addition/subtraction or multiplication/division, you will walk away with simple, highly-effective games that support fact fluency.

Algebraic Reasoning – Grades 3-5
Cathy Kuhns

We will look at lessons that focus on patterns and reasoning and how these lessons can easily transition from concrete to pictorial to abstract. See how this understanding enables students to solve complex problems. In this hands-on session participants will leave with five minute and full class session lessons that promote algebraic thinking.

What does critical thinking look like in Grades 3-8 math?
Marian Small

We are told regularly how important critical thinking is, but what does it look like in elementary math?

    Today we will focus on these aspects of critical thinking:
  • decision making in solving problems
  • assumptions we make in solving problems
  • seeing a mathematical situation from a different point of view
  • exploring how convincing a mathematical argument is
    Here are three of the many questions we will consider as examples
  1. Which ratio is most reasonable to describe the number of adults to kids in a school on a school day at 10 am? Why?
      115: 500      3:44      625:53
  2. Which equation doesn’t belong? Why?
    3x – 4 = 2x – 7
    6/x = -2
    2x = –8
    5x + 8 = –7
  3. How could you convince someone that the product of two odd numbers is odd?

Rigor, Reasoning, and Results! – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang Sr

Are your students getting a steady diet of reasoning-rich problems? Can they reason through multiplicative comparison problems? Do they see and understand the relationship between fractions, ratios, unit rates, and slope?

Join us as we model and solve a cleverly-designed progression of challenging word problems. We will use tape diagrams, double-sided number lines, area models, and tables to make sense of multiplicative relationships and encourage proportional reasoning.

Modeling and solving more rigorous problems enriches the learning of all students. Their success depends on the tools we teach, the scaffolds we supply, and the encouragement we give. Rigor plus reasoning equals results!

JULY 14

JULY 15

JULY 16

Activities

Yoga & Meditation

Have you always wanted to try yoga? Now is your chance! Join us mornings or afternoons for a class with the extraordinary Nicole. Whether you’re a pure beginner or an experienced practitioner, she will inspire you to become more aware, accepting and appreciative of your body.

Nicole will also offer her highly-rated meditation classes this summer. Speakers will fill your mind during the day, and Nicole will help bring clarity and purpose in the afternoon.

Yoga classes 6:30-7:30a on Wed & Thu, and 4:00-5:00p on Tue & Wed.
Meditation classes 5:00-5:30p Tue & Wed.

Swing & Salsa

Have you ever watched people on a dance floor and wished it were you? Then join us for Lindy Hop lessons with Greg & Nancy. No partner necessary, just a smile and 2 left feet are all you need! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtzhcjqLxBM

For those who prefer Latin music, Nancy will offer salsa lessons each afternoon. Life is short. Isn’t it time to dance?

Salsa lessons 4:00-5:00p Tue & Wed.
Lindy Hop 6:30-7:30p on Tue
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Trivia, Music, & Game Night

Ready for even more fun? Greg Jr. and his crew will be there to entertain us with his creative, new math games. What better way to celebrate newfound friends and colleagues than listening to great music, dancing, playing games, and winning t-shirts and puzzle packs. "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Music, dancing & game night from 7:30-9:30p on Wednesday.

Hotel

Kansas City Westin at Crown Center
1 E Pershing Rd
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-474-4400
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mciwi-the-westin-kansas-city-at-crown-center/

All workshops and activities will be held at the Westin at Crown Center Kansas City. Onsite parking is $25 per day.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Westin for Math Plus 2020. Dual occupancy rates start at $172* per night subject to availability. Booking information coming soon.
*Additional taxes and fees may apply.

Things to do in Kansas City

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City Discover the two-story aquarium, featuring more than 30 phenomenal displays directly inside the Crown Center Complex.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City A world of color, creativity and fun, attractions, rides, 4D cinema and more.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art A city gem, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art houses famous contemporary pieces, exhibitions and more.

Truman Sports Complex Home to both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums which houses the Kansas City Chiefs football team and 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Kansas City Zoo The Kansas City Zoo is 200 acres and includes African, Australian and Farmland exhibits, among many others.

Crown Center There’s always something going on at this Kansas City entertainment center. Check out the free outdoor movies and concerts during the summer months.

Country Club Plaza The Downtown District offers premier dining, shopping, entertainment and events in Kansas City.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects from ancient times to modern day.

Science CityLearning is fun with hands-on activities and over 50 interactive areas.

Oceans of Fun Explore 60-acres of drenching slides and water attractions.

Worlds of Fun Explore the Amusement Park with thrill rides, attractions, shows and more to enjoy for the whole family.

Coco Key Indoor Water Resort The Key West-themed Coco Key Indoor Water Resort is a 55,000-square foot indoor water oasis, where it is a comfortable 84 degrees all year long.

Hallmark Visitors Center Catch a behind-the-scenes peek at the world’s largest greeting-card company headquarters directly inside our Crown Center complex.

Kaleidoscope From the minds behind Hallmark, experience a free creative workshop for kids ages 5 to 12.

Arts & Cultural Activities in Kansas City

American Jazz Museum Includes interactive exhibits and films, educational programs, the Changing Gallery, the Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater, a 500-seat performing arts center.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Founded in 1990 to commemorate African American history in baseball, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is a great place to explore history, exhibits, news and events.

National World War One Museum Designated by Congress as the official World War One Museum, the museum showcases the history around the world during World War One using impressive interactive technologies.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Internationally recognized for its collection of more than 33,500 objects and artifacts from ancient times to modern day.

Coterie Theatre A professional Equity theatre serving families and young audiences, Coterie Theatre is named “one of the five best theatres for young audiences in the US” by Time Magazine.

Harley Davidson Final Assembly Plant Tour facility to see how hogs are made.

Meals

To make sure everyone is caffeinated and on time for their workshops, we’ll provide coffee and danish from 7:30-8:15 each morning and a deli lunch each day from 11:15-12:00. It’s all part of your registration fee, and we’re still less expensive than many conferences!

Why don’t other conferences supply breakfast and lunch like us? Because it’s expensive. But we believe it’s money well-spent as it allows us to compress our schedule and offer additional workshops each day. In addition, one of the important goals of our conference is to encourage camaraderie and collegiality and eating together is a great way to meet new people and get to know our friendly presenters.

We do not provide dinner, so grab a few of your newfound friends and head to one of Kansas City’s culinary options.

Crown Center Restaurants

The Brasserie Restaurant – When you're in the mood for good times and great food, be sure to check out The Brasserie located in the lobby of The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and full bar. Restaurant is a casual – relaxed setting, known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine.

The Crayola Cafe – Not just for kids! Although we pride ourselves on being "kid-friendly," Crayola Cafe is not just for kids! The regular lunch and dinner menus feature delicious selections that will appeal to the more experienced diner. These items include entree salads, Pizza, chicken selections, and several burger and sandwich choices.

The American – Reinventing American Cuisine. Established in 1974 with iconic architecture and sweeping views of Kansas City, The American offers progressive cuisine led by executive chef Michael Corvino.

Milano's – Italian Dining · Milano is located at 25th and Grand on the first level of Crown Center. The restaurant is glass enclosed and has a view of Crown Center’s fabulous fountains with 49 jets that plume water 25 feet into the air.

Spectators Restaurant & Bar – Spectators a Boulevard Beer Inspired Gastro Pub, located on the second floor of Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center, is an exciting casual dining experience Based around a gastro pub concept, Spectators has incorporated healthy options and regional cuisines.

Other Nearby Options

Country Club Plaza – Located 3 miles south of Crown Center, the Country Club Plaza features 15 blocks of upscale shops and restaurants in a charming Spanish-inspired setting.

Westport – This historic district was once a passageway to the western frontier and is now a colorful array of boutiques, restaurants and nightlife.

Power & Light Entertainment District – The newest entertainment district in the downtown Kansas City area provides eclectic dining, entertainment and shopping options for everyone.

Zona Rosa – Live. Work. Play. Near the airport, Zona Rosa is the destination for everything you need with luxury living, dining and shopping options in one centralized location.

Kansas City Barbecue

Yelp – Highest-rated BBQ restaurants in KC

Travel Channel Best barbecue joints in the city

Chow Town Kansas City dominates list of America’s Best Ribs

USA Today10 Best KC BBQ Restaurants

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we accept credit card payments on our website. After completing your registration information you will be taken to the payments page where you can complete your registration using your credit card. You will receive an email once your payment has been processed.

Can I register using a purchase order?
Of course! We know that many districts will only allow workshop registration using purchase orders. Once you complete your registration information, you will be taken to a page to complete your payment information. Your registration is not confirmed until you enter your purchase order information or complete purchase with credit card. If you do not have a PO # at the time of registration, enter "email" in the PO # field and send us an email at contact@tangmath.com to confirm your registration. You can email, fax or mail your PO to the information below. Payment is preferred prior to the event.

Do you have a paper registration form?
We accept registrations using this form, although we cannot guarantee space will be available at the time of receipt. To ensure your spot is saved for the workshop, you must first register online: registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you should still complete the online registration and save your spot by entering the purchase order number as "Paper".

When is my payment due?
Payments are due prior to the event. We can accept cash, check and all major credit cards on-site at the workshop if prior arrangements have been made.

Do you offer group discounts?
For the 2020 Math Plus Events we have decided to forgo the group discounts and offer Early Bird Registration instead. Register by March 31st for a $50 per person discount or by May 31st for a $30 per person discount.

I am unable to attend. Can someone take my spot?
Yes, you can switch out attendees at any point leading up to the conference. Just send us a quick email to contact@tangmath.com with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement. In-case there are last minute changes, have the replacement let us know at check-in who they will be filling in for.

What happens if I have to cancel?
We understand there are times where you may be unable to attend a conference you have registered for. If cancellation is done more than 30-days from the event, we will refund your registration cost minus a $100 administration fee. We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc. if requested.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after June 14th).

Can I get an invoice for my registration?
When you complete your registration, an automatic confirmation email is sent to the email address listed as the payment contact. This email includes a link to download your invoice. Please check your junk/spam folder to see if this email was caught up there. If you are still unable to find the invoice, write to us at contact@tangmath.com with the primary registrant’s name and we will email you an invoice.

Are you a vendor for my district?
There is a good possibility we have been added as a vendor in your district from a previous workshop, if so we would be listed as "Tang Math LLC". If we are not listed as a vendor, we would be glad to provide you the information you need to have us added. Email us at contact@tangmath.com and we will send over the required tax form. Our contact information is listed below.

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
Yes, we are able to offer 1.5 semester units of college credit through Humboldt State University for the 2020 Math Plus Conference. The cost of $50 per unit. These courses are offered primarily for elective or professional development purposes.

What time is the conference?
The full daily schedule can be seen at the bottom of the sessions tab. We will plan to have onsite check-in available the night before the conference. Check-in on Tuesday, July 14th will start at 7:00 am. Further registration details will be provided nearer to the event.

May I record a session at the conference?
Audio or visual recording is not permitted at any workshop or seminar due to copyright/trademark issues.

What is your contact information?

Company name:Tang Math LLC.
Mailing address:PO Box 777850
 Henderson, NV 89077
Email Address:contact@tangmath.com
Phone Number:858-244-0498
Fax Number:858-408-2986

Register

The cost of our conference is $879, with a daily breakfast and lunch included. Register by March 31st to lock in last year's rate of $829!

Our goal is to make this the best three days of learning you have ever experienced. We hope you will help us spread the word by sharing our link with your friends and colleagues: gregtangmath.com/mathplus.

Together, we can make the 2020 Math Plus Conference a conference to remember!

Booking overnight accommodations at the Westin at Crown Center Kansas City, where all workshop events will take place, is done directly through the hotel. View the hotel info page to see full details about booking your room.

Questions? Please contact us at: contact@tangmath.com.

Click here to register now!
Feedback from Past Conferences

"I can honestly say that this was the best conference I have attended in years! On any topic! It was non-stop information, challenges, support and encouragement. We weren’t expected to “know” the math. We were expected to try, talk, think, construct connections, and do math. I taught first grade for 25 years and am now working with math teachers at various levels. I attended the 3-5 series and much of it was a challenge. But I never felt threatened because I didn’t already know how to do something. I learned so much! Thank you for an amazing experience."

"This conference respects that a teacher's time is precious. It cuts out anything that is not directly related to making you a better math teacher. It has some of the most inspiring presenters that make you excited to get back in the classroom and revolutionize the way we teach math."

"You will get great information and teaching methods that work. You will have your mind opened to ways of thinking you have not thought of before, but that make sense!"

"Very organized. Wonderful presenters that love math and love to have fun! Information is presented in a fun, easy to follow format."

"Everything you wanted to know about methods and implementation of math education put on by the best in math. Overwhelming in a very good way."

"This conference is the most amazing experience that a teacher will have as far as professional development. They will learn how and why to teach math for understanding."

"It's a math conference with extremely knowledgeable presenters that provide you with a lot of examples and resources that will truly get you to start thinking about & teaching math in a more student friendly and centered manner."

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