Building Powerful Linear Functions Workshop

 

Building Powerful Linear Functions Workshop 

 

Algebra Teachers, are you ready to. . .

✔ finally understand linear functions?

✔ give your students confidence?

✔ nix rote-memorized procedures?

Algebra Teachers, are you ready to. . .

✔ finally understand linear functions?

✔ give your students confidence?

✔ nix rote-memorized procedures?

Yes! Put me on the waitlist!

Participants in the Live Workshop 

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“The best thing today was grappling with math I already knew, or thought I knew.”

"I really enjoyed how engaged we were as participants that are also teachers. If adults who know the content are participating as students, it shows promise that students can be engaged as well.”

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“I enjoyed the activities and challenges we faced as students.”

Participants in the Live Workshop

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“The best thing today was grappling with math I already knew, or thought I knew.”

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"I really enjoyed how engaged we were as participants that are also teachers. If adults who know the content are participating as students, it shows promise that students can be engaged as well.”

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“I enjoyed the activities and challenges we faced as students.”

Ready to conquer linear functions?

We got you.

This workshop is everything you need. 7 modules, 7 weeks, a powerful transformation to make a REAL impact for your students.  

Get your school to pay it: Download the executive summary

"If you have even one student in your class that struggles with math, then take a Pam Harris workshop."

-Christopher Peterson, West High School, CA

Ready to conquer linear functions?
We got you.

This workshop is everything you need. 7 modules, 7 weeks, a powerful transformation to make a REAL impact for your students.  

Get your school to pay it: Download the executive summary

"If you have even one student in your class that struggles with math, then take a Pam Harris workshop."

-Christopher Peterson, West High School, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Participants of the Live Workshop

Should I take this workshop?
Will this help me as a teacher?
 
 

Denise is walking away with tons of ideas about how to help students better understand math.

 

Will taking this workshop help me help my students?

Rebekah says, “I didn't know all of the answers... but sitting with that discomfort and actually growing myself felt really powerful.

 

 As a Calculus teacher, should I take this workshop?

 
 

Christine worked as a software engineer and loves Pam's approach to teaching  math as solving real problems—just like engineers solve real problems.

Joseph teaches AP Calculus and says he learned a lot about interpreting slope to take back to his classroom.

Is this PD really worth it?

 

Lavell had only good things to say.

"The best PD I've ever had... relevant... revolutionary... this is what we need."

From Participants of the Live Workshop

From Participants of the Live Workshop

Should I take this workshop?
 

Denise is walking away with tons of ideas about how to help students better understand math.

Will this help me as a teacher?
 

Rebekah says, “I didn't know all of the answers... but sitting with that discomfort and actually growing myself felt really powerful.”

Will taking this workshop help me help my students?

 

Christine worked as a software engineer and loves Pam's approach to teaching  math as solving real problems—just like engineers solve real problems.

As a Calculus teacher, should I take this workshop?

 

Joseph teaches AP Calculus and says he learned a lot about interpreting slope to take back to his classroom.

Is this PD really worth it?

 

Lavell had only good things to say.

"The best PD I've ever had... relevant... revolutionary... this is what we need."

A 7-week deep dive into Linear Functions

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Learn:

    • the 3 big ideas of linear functions and how to develop them
    • the most important models for linear functions, the order to use, and their purposes
    • how to develop functional reasoning for powerful linear functions

Runs May 30, 2023 - September 18, 2023. That is 7 weeks of content  with 9 additional weeks access. All for $347!

Email Me When Registration Opens

A 7-week deep dive into Linear Functions

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Learn all about:

- the 3 big ideas of linear functions and how to develop them

- the most important models for linear functions, the order to use, and their purposes

- how to develop functional reasoning, for powerful linear functions

Runs September 20, 2022 - January 9, 2023.

That is 7 weeks of content with 9 additional weeks access. All for $347!

Email Me When Registration Opens

 What is in the Workshop?

Module 1: Introduction: Linear Functions

 

 What is in the Workshop?

Module 1: Introduction: Linear Functions

 

What Will I Learn?

  • What "Math is Figure-Out-Able" means, what is real math, and what it means to mathematize
  • What it means to be a mentor to young mathematicians
  • A sequence of Tasks to introduce linear functions to students
  • The three big ideas of linear functions
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

This is the why, the background, and the context that sets the stage for the rest of the workshop, so that you can implement lessons that draw back on student experience and support sense making.

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Module 2: Connecting to Prior Knowledge: Recursion

 

What Will I Learn?

  • A simple model for recursion
  • Three student tasks to connect recursion to functions
  • Models for building the connection of recursion to relation
  • How to use technology to support connecting recursion to functions
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

Students need to connect recursive situations to tables, graphs, and equations, deeply making sense of individual data points, rates of change, and contexts.

It's not about multiple representations, but the connections between the representations that develop robust learning and deep understanding. Students need to be fluid with individual data points in their various representations in order to generalize and reason about the entire context, to reason about the function.

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Module 3: Building Relation and Function

What Will I Learn?

  • How to represent real world data by writing equations of a line from graphs and tables
  • Additional contexts to help students solidify the big ideas in linear functions
  • How to use Problem Strings to further the learning
  • How to get students using technology to support understanding
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

Students need to be able to not only think about individual data points discretely, but also reason about them in a continuous function. They need to be able to use the available data to find the relations and model it for all data points. 

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Module 4:  Preparing to Generalize

What Will I Learn?

  • Three strategies for writing the equation of a line
  • Contexts to continue to expand student understanding 
  • A Problem String to further the understanding of rate
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

As students get ready to generalize, they need to explore more contexts as they decide what always works and what works only sometimes.

Students need to understand rate in a broader way than just slope in order to deeply make sense of how functions behave over time.

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Module 5: Generalizing: The Equation of a Line

What Will I Learn?

  • What it means to teach with a function-based approach to algebra
  • Specific student tasks that support generalizing the equation of a line
  • Problem Strings to further the understanding of rate
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

This is the cincher module. All the linear ideas students have been messing around with need to become clear in their minds. We draw back on student experiences and newly developed intuition to connect with what has been traditionally taught as formulas and step-by-step procedures.

Students emerge from these tasks reasoning about linear functions, connecting multiple representations, and making sense of rates of change, starting point, and direction.

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Module 6:  Sequencing Tasks for Student Success

What Will I Learn?

  • Rich tasks to develop concepts 
  • How to structure and facilitate a Math Congress to further the math
  • Problem Strings to introduce and solidify strategies, models, and concepts 
  • How sequences of lessons can maximize learning 
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

This workshop explores a carefully crafted sequence of tasks that support all students, allowing entry and access to the learning, while simultaneously upping the ante for continued growth.

It is not reasonable to expect teachers to be expert curriculum writers. Instead, your job is to be discerning when choosing instructional tasks that support all learners.

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Module 7: High-leverage Teacher Moves

What Will I Learn?

  • High-leverage teacher moves to encourage student sense making 
  • Teacher moves that support equity and access 
  • Teacher moves to differentiate — to support and challenge all learners 
  • How to support meaningful discourse to facilitate learning
  • Steps to take action in your classroom

Why Is This Important?

Teaching in a way that allows all students to learn and grow is not a trivial task. There are purposeful moves teachers can make that promote class discussion and mathematical dialogue, position all students as sense makers, and build a culture of curiosity and empowerment.

In this module, you’ll learn the high-level teacher moves that make the learning happen like a pro.

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Live Q&A Sessions With Pam

During the workshop you will have the opportunity to submit questions to Pam for her to answer during two live Q&A sessions. The sessions will be recorded and you will have access to them.

Registration opens May 12, 2023

 


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Workshop starts May 30, 2023

 

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Registration opens
August 26, 2022

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As a Participant

You will experience instructional tasks so that you can build intuition in your students.

You will follow a sequence of tasks designed to give all students access so that you can help students build reasoning about functions based on their experiences and what they are naturally thinking.

You will extend the learning to more complicated contexts so that you can strengthen students' reasoning.

You will engage in problem solving so that you can parse out the thinking needed to solve problems while reasoning about functions.

You will learn actionable strategies while engaging in the instructional routine called Problem Strings so that you can develop students' sense of linear functions and build specific mathematical strategies.

You will study three lesson types so that you can to learn to introduce, construct, and solidify reasoning about functions.

You will analyze expert teacher moves so that you can energize your classroom and keep students engaged in sense making.

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I’m Pam Harris and I empower teachers to be the teacher they want to be.

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I have been working with educators for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, university instructor, and teacher trainer as well as writing books and creating resources for teachers.

As a beginner teacher, I worked hard to make lessons understandable and interesting but I didn’t realize how much I relied on rote memorization and repeating procedures until I immersed myself in math research. This fundamentally changed the way I do and teach mathematics so that teachers and students reason mathematically, not mimic like robots.

Get on the Waitlist so you don't miss out!

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If you've heard enough and you're ready to dive in, then click below and we'll keep you updated on when registration opens!

The workshop costs $347, which is less than the registration cost for many large conferences and also way more convenient.

 

Yes, email me when registration opens!

How Does The Workshop Compare?

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My Guarantees

If you complete my workshop and do not learn anything that you can use in your classroom, email me at [email protected] within 10 business days of the workshop ending and I will give you a full refund.

 You will feel very supported because there are live Q&A sessions to ask questions, bonus videos and materials, as well as optional activities.

 I estimate an average of 2-3 hours of work each week for this seven-week workshop. You will have access to the workshop content for 16 weeks.

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