McSiip

McSiip at Rowan University's
STEM Center

McSiip at the STEM Center at Rowan University is offering a wide variety of engaging, hands-on workshops this spring with a focus on the Common Core State Standard. A brief description of each workshop is provided below.

Presenters are Rowan University professors and staff: Dr. Janet Caldwell, Dr. Eric Milou, Dr. Karen Heinz, Dr. John Hermann, Dr. Paul Laumakis, Dr. Marlena Herman, Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona, Bill Smith and Gerard Telmosse.

All workshops are $125 per day and will be held at Rowan University.  The times vary, so please check the descriptions.  The workshops from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm will only have a few breaks, but no long lunch breaks. The workshops from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm will include a 1/2 hour lunch break, so please bring a brown-bag lunch.

Be sure to click on the link in the description to view a full color flyer for each workshop!

Two Ways To Register!

1. Click here to Register online (Preferred Method)

2. Download a brochure, complete the paper registration, and either fax (856-256-5602) or mail it to the address on the brochure. McSiip Professional Development Spring 2014 Brochure(PDF)

For more information please contact Jen Murphy at murphyje@rowan.edu (856-256-4827)

Please register early – those who have been on our waiting lists know - space is limited!

 

Mathematics, Science and Technology Workshops
(Spring 2014)

Unless otherwise stated, all workshops run from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

1. Rockets, Rockets, Rockets
Introduce students to science and math concepts while they are having fun building rockets. In this workshop you will learn how to make rockets with your students while tying in math, chemistry and physics.
Grades: 6 to 8, Date: 3/11/14, Presenter: Gerard Telmosse
- CANCELLED

2. Using Projects to Assess Student Understanding of Grade 8 CCSS in Mathematics (Workshop Series)
These interactive workshops will focus on the effective use of projects to ensure that students have mastered the Grade 8 CCSS in Mathematics, in addition to some of the Grade 7 and high school standards. Working in small groups, participants will analyze and solve a relevant project, along with carefully examining how the project is aligned with the standards. Attendees will leave these workshops with ready-to-use comprehensive projects that directly connect with applicable Grade 8 CCSS in Mathematics. Strategies for both classroom implementation of projects and creation of new projects will also be included.

The Number System and Geometry - CANCELLED - Grades: 7 to 9, Date: 3/12/14, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis
Statistics and Probability - CANCELLED - Grades: 7 to 9, Date: 3/26/14, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis
Expressions, Equations, & Functions - CANCELLED - Grades: 7 to 9, Date: 5/14/14, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis

3. Strategies for Teaching the Basic Addition and Subtraction Facts
We will explore how the number sense strategies listed in the Common Core can help students learn their basic addition and subtraction facts by looking at a variety of classroom activities and games that are useful for teaching these basic facts. This workshop will be a continuation of the workshop offered during the Fall of 2013. You are welcome to attend even if you did not attend the initial workshop.
Grades: 1 to 3, Date: 3/18/14, Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Presenter: Dr. Karen Heinz

4. Computation, Critical Thinking, and the Common Core
When teaching an honors precalculus class in 1984-85, the lack of mathematical thinking ability throughout the entire class was shocking. Knowing the nature of honors students it was clear that the problem was the department, not them. While listening to a lecture by Dr. Stephen Willoughby, he stated that children taught traditionally tend to learn how NOT to think mathematically by third grade. With the mathematical behaviors in the Common Core pushing critical thinking, teaching students to think mathematically needs to start in the primary grades and continue throughout all grades. Practices that inhibit growth of thinking need to be eliminated and replaced with methods that put student thought in the forefront.
• The significance of mental math in developing mathematical thinkers.
• Teaching in a way that is congruent with students’ math sense.
• Identifying ways “teaching” algorithms can and does inhibit thinking.
• Discussing how to develop both number and operation sense.
• Identifying techniques of instruction that support relational thinking.
Grades: K to 6, Date: 3/27/14, Presenter: Bill Smith

5. Teaching Mathematics to the iGeneration
This workshop will examine how mathematics teaching must adapt to the needs of the iGeneration. Participants will discuss ways to engage and motivate students by using videos, music, games, and the Internet. Please bring a laptop.
Grades: 3 to 8. Date: 4/1/14, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou

6. Mathematic Lessons Through Three Act Videos
We will explore the work of Dan Meyer and three act video lessons where students see a problem presented via video to begin a lesson, work through the mathematics to find the solution, and see a video in act three to confirm the mathematics.
Grades: 6 to 10, Date:  4/2/14, Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou

7. Starry Night and the Coming USA Total Solar Eclipse
The Starry Night Workshop will feature numerous hands-on activities and will include:
• Mastering the Starry Night Astronomy Program
• Making use of Smart Phone Astronomy applications in and out of the classroom
• Certification lab to locate exact path of totality for a spectacular TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN coming soon
• Historical use and mastering colonial Sextants for non-GPS navigation
• Additional astronomy/physical science activities for classroom use
Grades: 6 to 12, Date:  4/4/14, Presenter: Dr. John Hermann

8. Using Projects to Assess Student Understanding of High School CCSS in Mathematics (Workshop Series)
These interactive workshops will focus on the effective use of projects to ensure that students have mastered the Grade 8 CCSS in Mathematics, in addition to some of the Grade 7 and high school standards. Working in small groups, participants will analyze and solve a relevant project, along with carefully examining how the project is aligned with the standards. Attendees will leave these workshops with ready-to-use comprehensive projects that directly connect with applicable Grade 8 CCSS in Mathematics. Strategies for both classroom implementation of projects and creation of new projects will also be included.

Algebra, Functions, and Modeling - Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/9/14, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis
Statistics, Probability, and Modeling - Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/30/14, Presenter: Dr. Paul Laumakis

9. The Science of Biomes
This workshop will teach children what makes a Biome the way it is. Participants will perform simple experiments that will help explain some of the Physical and Biologic characteristics of the major Biome types. There is a strong STEM influence on all of the experiments along with some Historic associations. All of the materials used are simple and inexpensive.
Grades: 6 to 8, Date: 4/10/14, Presenter: Gerard Telmosse
- CANCELLED

10. Strategies for Teaching the Basic Multiplication and Division Facts
We will explore how the number sense strategies listed in the Common Core can help students learn their basic multiplication and division facts by looking at a variety of classroom activities and games that are useful for teaching these basic facts. This workshop will be a continuation of the workshop offered during the Fall of 2013. You are welcome to attend even if you did not attend the initial workshop.

Grade: 3, Date: 4/23/14, Time: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Presenter: Dr. Karen Heinz

11. Exploring the High School CCSS in Geometry Using the TI-Nspire CAS Calculator
This hands-on interactive workshop will focus on activities aligned with the high school CCSS in geometry using the TI-Nspire CAS calculator. With an emphasis on exploration, participants will work in small groups using the Geometers Sketch Pad-like capabilities of the TI-Nspire CAS, in addition to carefully examining how these activities align with the standards. Attendees will leave this workshop with classroom-ready activities that connect directly with CCSS in geometry. Effective strategies for implementing these activities in the classroom will also be included.

Grades: 9 to 12, Date: 4/25/14, Presenters: Dr. Marlena Herman &
Dr. Paul Laumakis - CANCELLED

12. Flipping your Math Class
Learn ways to use technology to "flip" your math class by having students do more actual math in class. Presenters will share techniques they have used in flipping two college math classes (one for preservice elementary teachers and one for geometry) as well as ideas from others.

Grades: 7 to 12, Date: 5/6/14, Presenters: Dr. Janet Caldwell &
Bill Smith

13. PARCC in Middle School -WORKSHOP DATE ADDED FOR 6/11/14!
This workshop will review, analyze, and dissect the PARCC Assessment for grades 6-8 mathematics.
Grades: 6 to 8.
Dates: 6/6/14 (Workshop Full) and 6/11/14 (Workshop Full) Presenter: Dr. Eric Milou

14. Navigating The Next Generation Science Standards [NGSS]
This workshop will present participants with an introduction to NGSS grounded in the framework for the next generation science standards. The workshop will focus on science curriculum for middle and high school grade levels and will provide opportunities for participants to view possibilities for implementing new features introduced in NGSS within their own curriculum. Please bring a laptop and curriculum materials with you.                    
Grades: 7 to 12, Date:  6/13/14, Presenter: Dr. Issam Abi-El-Mona

15. Math Leaders Meeting
Calling all math supervisors, coaches, teacher leaders and department chairs! Join us in a series of informal get-togethers to share successes, concerns and information relevant to mathematics instruction. There is NO CHARGE for this meeting.
Dates: 5/19/14, Time: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Presenters: Dr. Janet Caldwell Dr. Eric Milou