TIE offers a variety of fee-based and free opportunities to support professional learning. The titles and descriptions below offer a variety of examples that may be of interest. Please know TIE is committed to customizing learning opportunities to specifically meet unique and varied needs.
Developing Conceptual Understanding of Ratios and Proportions in the Middle Grades
Description: Proportional reasoning is one of the most fundamental topics in middle grades mathematics. A student's ability to reason proportionally affects their understanding of fractions and measurement in elementary school, and it supports their understanding of functions and algebra in middle school and beyond. Teachers will broaden and deepen their understanding of ratios, proportions, and proportional reasoning. This course will help you to engage your students in hands-on learning where you will develop appropriate tasks, techniques, and tools for assessing your students’ understanding of the topic.
Description: How do we get students talking in the math classroom? Mathematical discourse is associated with one of the Common Core Mathematical Practices: construct viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others. It is about whole-class discussions where students share and describe math in such a way that reveals their understanding of concepts of math that they or their peers have done. Discourse involves asking strategic questions that elicit from students both how a problem was solved and why the students used the method they did. Through this process, students learn to critique their own work as well as their classmates.
Description: Students often walk into a math classroom with anxiety and fear, saying they are not good at math, or that they inherited the "bad math gene" from their parents. These pre-conceived ideas and societal norms often hold students back from succeeding in a math classroom. In this class you will learn that all people can learn math, and learn it well if a student's mindset is in the right place.
Project Based Learning
Description: Project-Based Learning is spreading quickly and many educators are seeking it out to offer more meaningful and engaging lessons for their students. The traditional classroom where learning occurs in the vacuum of separate and distinct islands will soon be replaced by interconnected curriculum via authentic inquiry based learning experiences. There are many Project-Based resources available today. One of the goals for this class is to expose you to these resources and help you develop your own personal notion of Project-Based Lessons within the context of your own classroom.
Smarter Balanced at the Target Level: Improving ELA, Math, and Writing
Description: Analyzing the Smarter Balanced Assessment Results at a target level and implementing the examples available can help teachers hone in on what their specific students need in the areas of English/Language Arts, Math, and Writing. Many tools are available to help teachers teach according to the standards at the level of rigor expected in the standards. This work also includes rigor, types of writing, and web leveling discussion. All teachers in all content areas need to implement the strategies from this session in their content work.
Understanding Fractions in Grades 3-5
Description: The concept of fractions is difficult for students to grasp when they first start learning about them. Students struggle greatly with the various operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparing, simplifying, etc. of fractions if they are taught traditionally through the memorization of rules. To help students better learn and understand fractions, they need to be taught through engaging hands-on, visual lessons that help them learn fractions in meaningful ways.