Synapse Math Institute
We are thrilled to announce Synapse's inaugural Math Institute for educators!
Join us in June for a deep dive into new ideas in Mathematics Instruction. This institute is aimed at educators at Elementary School and Middle School levels. Attendees may choose between an Elementary School focus 3-day workshop (Math for Joy) or Middle School focus 3-day workshop (Visual Algebra), with an option to add on a fourth day of instruction in building Project-Based Mathematics Curriculum, Synapse's specialty and taught by Synapse teachers. The Project-Based Mathematics workshop is open to educators of any grade level.
Scroll down to read descriptions of our workshop offerings and to register.
3-Day Workshop Offerings
Visual Algebra (Grades 6-9)
In this three-day workshop, taught by Henri Picciotto, you will be presented a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra in grades 6-9. These approaches include: Lab Gear manipulatives for basic symbol manipulation, geoboard lattices for slope, a powerful parallel axes representation for linear functions, and intelligent use of technology.
Participants will learn techniques that will allow them to serve the whole range of students better by offering: greater access - because of using multiple representations; greater challenge - because of expecting multi-dimensional understanding; greater variety - because of using manipulative and electronic tools. The workshop will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, both in content and in mathematical practices. CEUs from the University of Southern California will be available for this workshop.
Math for Joy (Grades 2-5)
In this three-day workshop, taught by Synapse's Director of Mathematics, Federico Chialvo, teachers will learn how to create a joyful experience of mathematics for their students through student-centered routines, rich tasks, hands-on activities, empowering visual representations, games, authentic problem-solving, and investigations.
Participants will explore how to present the big ideas in elementary mathematics by providing a vision of mathematics that is open, creative, and joyful. Teachers will learn techniques to help each student find their mathematical voice, develop powerful visual models to support deeper understanding, and present authentic real-world and mathematical contexts in ways that leverage students' natural curiosity. The workshop will be aligned with the Common Core State Standards, both in content and in mathematical practices.
Project - Based Mathematics (Friday Only)
In this one-day intensive workshop, teachers of all levels will be introduced to Synapse School's approach to project-based mathematics curriculum and have support in developing project-based lessons and units for their own classrooms. In the morning, we will present an overview of how to develop project-based mathematics lessons and units, and share examples of mathematics projects from K-8 at Synapse School. In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to workshop project-based lessons and units for their own classrooms with the support of Synapse's veteran PBL curriculum specialists and teachers.
You may register for the one-day-only Project-Based Mathematics workshop without having registered for either three-day workshop.
When: June 25 - 28, 2019
8:00am - 3:15pm each day
Where: Synapse School
Price: Includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials for all four days.
Early Bird pricing available before April 1:
Standard ticket pricing (after April 1):
Tickets are available for either of the 3-day workshops (3-day), a 3-day workshop + Project-Based Mathematics (4-day), or only the Project-Based Mathematics day (Friday Only).
Contact Synapse School with any questions.
Your Workshop Leaders:
Henri Picciotto is a math education author and consultant. He has retired from the classroom after 42 years of teaching at every level from counting to calculus. He is the inventor of Lab Gear, a hands-on environment for algebra, and is in fact a leading authority on the use of manipulatives and geometric puzzles in secondary school. He has been an enthusiastic (and skeptical) user of electronic learning environments since the early days of the personal computer. He shares his ideas about teaching, and much curriculum, on his Math Education Page (www.MathEducation.page) and his blog (blog.MathEd.page). His cryptic crosswords appear in The Nation every week.
Federico holds a BS in mathematics and an MA in education from the University of Arizona. He believes all students deserve to experience the thrill of mathematical discovery and to feel empowered to understand and change the world through mathematical thinking. His journey as an educator started 14 years ago teaching math at City High School. Later he taught K-8 in Micronesia, then managed a non-profit in Costa Rica while completing his masters degree. Prior to joining Synapse in 2012 as a Math and Science Specialist, Federico worked at The Nueva School for two years as a math specialist in both the lower school and middle school. He has been Director of Mathematics at Synapse School since 2012, and also serves as the school's Ultimate coach.