Workshops

As part of our goal to help teachers we at Root 7 now offer workshops and in-service programs to assist teachers (for grades 2 through 8) to implement different teaching and assessment strategies.

If change is to take place teachers require help in developing different teaching and assessment strategies. This could include learning more about the use of manipulative materials, and redesigning lesson and unit plans to incorporate new approaches to learning. Our workshops can be adapted to meet the needs of participants and can run from two hours to all day sessions. Ideally a workshop should include time to discuss and plan lessons and units. Some of our workshops are listed below.

For additional information or to book a workshop please contact us.
The first few minutes of a lesson are vital for setting the tone, focusing attention, and motivating the students.

This workshop will present a range of mathematics activities, including Math Starters, that will excite students and create a positive, encouraging learning environment.

The First 5 Minutes

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants

Using a Hands-on Approach

Not only does the use of manipulative materials help students understand mathematical concepts, the active involvement in learning motivates them to learn more.

This workshop introduces a variety of math manipulatives and allows participants to investigate different ways they can be used to improve student learning.
Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants

Using Pattern Blocks

From creating interesting patterns to understanding fractions, pattern blocks are an excellent tool for developing conceptual understanding of many topics in mathematics.

Participants will be actively engaged in investigating ways to use pattern blocks to develop and reinforce concepts in number, measurement, and geometry. Time permitting participants will discuss ways to incorporate pattern blocks into lesson and unit plans.
Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Using Pattern Blocks
Geoboards provide an excellent opportunity for students to investigate many topics in geometry and measurement.

Participants will investigate ways in which geoboards can be used to develop and reinforce various concepts. Time permitting participants will discuss ways to incorporate pattern blocks into lesson and unit plans. 

Using Geoboards

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Using Geoboards
Working with base 10 blocks allows students to understand the concepts of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Participants will work with base 10 blocks to investigate how students develop conceptual understanding and link their understanding to traditional paper and pencil activities.

Base 10 Blocks

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Base 10 Blocks
Working with algebra tiles develops an understanding of variables, polynomials, addition and subtraction of polynomials, multiplication of binomials, and factoring of trinomials.

Participants will work with the tiles to learn how tiles can help students understand basic algebraic operations.

Algebra Tiles

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Algebra Tiles
Current practice indicates that students learn better by investigating problems either individually or in groups. If the investigation is followed by discussion, clarification and reinforcement, long term learning ensues.

This session will show participants how to use a problem based approach to introduce new ideas, together with a variety of strategies for follow up to reinforce mathematical understanding.

Teaching Via Problem Solving

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Problem Solving
In order to be able to solve problems students need to learn some problem solving strategies.

This workshop will discuss different strategies, provide examples of problems to solve using different strategies, and provide opportunities to create, adapt and modify problems.

Teaching Problem Solving Strategies

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
Problem Solving
There are many ways in which students, teachers and parents can celebrate mathematics.

This workshop will be adapted to the needs of participants, but can cover ideas such as: math nights for students, parents or students and parents, math days, outdoor math, math camps, newsletters for parents, and more.

Celebrating Mathematics

Session Length: as required      Max. Size: 25 participants
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