The Jordan District Math Department offers several professional development opportunities throughout the year. Teachers may enroll in single day or multi-day classes. Online classes are also available.
Instructors: Melinda Dummer, Jane Harward, Wendy Harmon
Class Format: Instructor Led
Description: Depth of Knowledge (DOK) assures that your course and your assessments have rigor -- and that your students gain lasting understanding. This course will teach the basics of Depth of Knowledge and give you the tools to make your curriculum more rigorous. Participants should bring an assignment or assessment they would like to improve. It is also beneficial if you attend with a PLC colleague.
Description: This is a two-day, twelve-hour workshop intended to provide teachers with the basic tools of assessment design including: · matching assessments to standards · defining constructs (skills and attributes) · determining scope of the assessment · item design (including item roots and responses) · test equating By the end of the workshop, teachers will have created an assessment that could viably be used as a summative or formative assessment for their own classroom or a pre- and post-test.
Dates: September 13-14, January 17-18, or April 11-12
Description: Melissa Brown has been using MathXL for a number of years. She will explain how she got started and why she continues to use the program. She will help teachers learn how to create their own courses and what they need to purchase in order to use the program at their schools. She will also answer questions. If you plan to attend, you must request a free teacher access code from Pearson 3 days before the class by going to: http://www.mathxlforschool.com/home_school.htm
Description: Want to increase your capacity to ensure the mathematical success for all students in your classroom, school, and community? Join us in the Principles to Actions course examining mathematical teaching practices and guiding principles for school mathematics. The primary source used in this course is the recent NCTM publication Principles to Actions. Participants will receive an electronic version of the book Principles to Actions (available in print version $28 at NCTM.org).
Description: Eighth grade is an essential part of students’ middle school mathematical experience. In the course, Magnifying 8th grade Mathematics, we will take a deep look into what makes 8th grade mathematics unique and the essential understandings that every student needs to leave 8th grade knowing to be confident in high school mathematics. We will identify key differences between the 8th grade and 9th grade concepts so that math educators are familiar with the separation between the two grade levels. We will also connect prior learning from 7th grade mathematics and discuss how 8th grade teachers can use this to help their student’s become successful in learning the 8th grade core.
(Stanford University) Integrating Language Development and Content Learning in Math: Focus on Reasoning
Subject: Integrating Language Development and Content Learning in Math
Grades: 7 through 12
Instructors: Dr. Jeff Zwiers, Dr. Phil Daro, and Dr. Shelbi Cole (Stanford University)
Class Format: Online
Description: The sessions will zoom in on different language modes and how they can foster students’ abilities to reason and describe their reasoning. Sessions focus on listening, speaking, whole class conversations, small group and pair conversations, reading, and writing. We provide a design tool and plenty of practice using it in order to strengthen the language development potential of a wide range of math teaching activities. The course also includes instructional activities and routines to be used across lessons and units to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of English learners and other students who struggle with the language demands of learning math.