For the first summer since 2014, we will not be hosting our national Math Plus Conference or any regional conferences or in-person workshops. But there is a silver lining. Our Virtual Math Academy kicks off with a series of 5 virtual workshops – each given 4 times. Teachers now have 20 dates to choose from this summer and whether they take a half day (morning or afternoon) or full day (4 sessions).
Virtual reality. Will whole class and small group virtual instruction be important components of your math program this fall? Many schools think so and are revamping their curriculum to focus on key skills, strategies, and “power standards.”
At Tang Math, we want to help. Our new Virtual Math Academy offers 5 workshops for teachers this summer: one workshop for K, one for grades 1-2, two for grades 3-5, and one for grades 6-8. Each workshop has four, 1-hour sessions – 2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon – and each workshop is offered 4 times from June to August. We want to help you get ready for the new school year in three important ways.
First. Greg will focus on the most important concepts at each grade level. With social distancing at school or home, teachers will not have as much direct, instructional time with their kids. Greg will show you which concrete, pictorial, and abstract models help students most, and how to teach them virtually. He will focus on fewer visual models and tools, but generalize and apply them more broadly. That’s algebraic thinking.
Second. Since all of our summer workshops are virtual, you will have the chance to experience virtual, whole class instruction, firsthand. It is a powerful and effective way for you to evaluate best virtual teaching practices, then adopt or adapt the methods you think are most effective. Greg will offer tips for modeling concepts, leading math talks, and structuring lessons – virtually or in person.
Third. Greg’s sessions provide an opportunity for you to experience the power and flexibility of digital tools and manipulatives. There are free and subscription-based internet products available, and we have also been working hard to develop our own virtual tools that make solving problems concretely, pictorially, and abstractly – easy. To teach effectively in a virtual environment, teachers need additional skills and tools. We will get you started.
Why Tang Math. Math is profoundly different than other subjects. Every skill, strategy, and standard is part of a conceptual and technical progression that begins in elementary school and builds through middle and high school. For instruction to be effective, we need to leverage foundational skills and strategies in systematic and sensible ways.
Greg Tang’s “Less Is More” approach focuses on the most important skills and strategies at each grade level – the ones that generalize well when problems get harder, and develop the abstract thinking and reasoning skills kids need as they grow older.
Since 2001, Greg has done more than 4,000 workshops, conferences, and author visits. He has transformed schools and districts – increasing understanding, test scores, and enjoyment along the way. Greg’s streamlined and sensible approach to math – together with his website gregtangmath.com with more than 100 million page views to date – are now cornerstones of school curriculums worldwide.
Since the pandemic in March, Greg and his son Greg Jr have given more than 230 free, virtual workshops to help teachers, parents, and students in the United States, Canada, and on our military bases in Europe and the Pacific.
Teachers say Greg’s virtual sessions are as informative and inspiring as in-person PD, and in a truly ironic twist, many say his sessions
1. Low floor/high ceiling activities that encourage exploration & independence.
2. Virtual tools & manipulatives that help students think visually and intuitively.
3. Clever problems that encourage metacognition and creative problem solving.
4. Tips for designing effective and enriching virtual and in-person lessons.
5. Many smiles and weirdly satisfying moments!
You will receive your Zoom link by 2:00 pm CDT the day before our workshop.
For security reasons:
1. You must sign up on this form with a current and valid school-issued email address.
2. Your video camera must be turned on during the entire meeting.
3. We reserve the right to mute or disinvite any attendee to protect the security of others.