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One-Day Workshop:
Math In Practice: Everyday Strategies for Building Confident and Capable Learners

Presented by Susan O'Connell

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Join Sue O'Connell in this dynamic one-day workshop, where you will discover ways to help students learn and love mathematics. This workshop is for all teachers of math—those who are math experts and those who may feel as though they are learning math along with their students. Whichever category you associate with, you will be glad you spent the day with Sue!

You will discover activities that work for all levels of learners, particularly those who experience frustration or anxiety when faced with math problems. Through interactive tasks, you will gather ideas for strengthening your students' problem-solving skills, building their vocabularies, and enhancing their abilities to justify their thinking. Sue will share strategies for helping math make sense through real contexts, show ways to integrate modeling into daily lessons, and demonstrate questioning techniques that deepen students' math understanding. You will discover easy-to-implement alternatives to worksheets that motivate and engage students as well as challenge them to model, reason, and solve math problems.

Discover ways to break through the monotony of numbers and rules and discover the fun of exploring and debating math ideas. Join Sue to gather quick and easy ways to help your students build deeper math understanding, develop reasoning, and learn to apply content knowledge to problem situations. Leave with a wealth of interactive classroom tasks and strategies that will energize your classroom and help you meet the challenges of today's math standards.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Discover ways to simplify math problem solving for students
  • Explore the words of math and identify strategies to help students talk more precisely about their thinking
  • Reflect on math investigations that lead to important math discoveries
  • Identify key teacher questions that promote math understanding
  • Learn simple math routines that work at all grade levels to revisit and reflect on important math concepts
  • Examine ways to build students' confidence with math

About the Presenter

When it comes to the world of education, Sue O'Connell has done just about everything. She's been a classroom teacher, a teacher for the gifted and talented, a math coach, a school improvement specialist, and a university professional development schools coordinator. These days, Sue is a popular and well-known author and consultant who presents informative and practical workshops all around the United States. She is the lead author of Heinemann's Math in Practice series. She is also the author of a variety of books, including Putting the Practices into Action; Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction; Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division; and Introduction to Problem Solving.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-5, school and district administrators, teacher educators, math coaches, and curriculum and instructional leaders.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Event Photography Notification

Please note that during this workshop, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, and give permission for Heinemann to use your likeness in any promotional and/or marketing materials. If you do not wish to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, you must see a Heinemann facilitator or staff member to sign an opt-out form, and have your picture taken for identification purposes. Failure to do so will assume permission has been given to use your likeness in any marketing and/or promotional materials.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

03/19/2020 - Charlotte, NC
03/25/2020 - Columbus, OH

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