Baltimore Math Institute

Do you have students who struggle with math facts or lack number sense? Do you have advanced learners who need to be challenged? Do you have students in the middle who are capable of so much more? If you are ready to take your teaching and students to the next level, then join us for 2 incredible days of learning – August 6th and 7th – in the exciting city of Baltimore!

Our small, family-run conference has three, specially designed learning tracks for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 teachers. Back for a second straight summer, our theme this year is reasoning. We will make sense of the most important math concepts at each grade level, and explain how these critical concepts fit together both across and within each grade level.

And that’s not all. Our extraordinary speakers will share proven classroom routines and activities that help students develop fluency and automaticity. Together, we will also explore challenging problems that encourage mastery and develop the advanced thinking skills kids need for higher math.

Speakers. This year, Greg will team up with Dr. Yeap Ban Har from Singapore and Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams from the University of Louisville. Both are seasoned educators, skilled communicators, published authors, and popular speakers at major mathematics conferences in the U.S. and abroad. No hit-or-miss sessions here – they are simply the best of the best.


Dr. Yeap Ban Har

Greg Tang

Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams
WHAT MAKES OUR MATH INSTITUTES SO DIFFERENT?

First, we offer carefully coordinated workshops that provide a deeper, more connected understanding of mathematics. The strategies and teaching techniques we teach have been pioneered by our speakers and tested in classrooms across the world.

Unlike many conferences that offer a hodgepodge of sessions and topics, Greg’s carefully crafted curriculum targets the most important strategies, skills and standards. Attendees gain a deeper understanding of both effective teaching methods and important mathematical content.

Second, our speakers have been selected because they are master communicators who can articulate their thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely. Each is a proven orator and author, and together they have trained thousands of teachers and sold millions of books.

Every speaker is friendly, approachable and exceptionally gracious too. Our goal is a collegial atmosphere that encourages questions, dialogue and meaningful interactions. We want this to be the best two days of learning you have ever experienced!

Third, unlike large conferences with huge budgets for marketing, we put all of our time, energy, and resources into our speakers and curriculum. We provide 12 hours of world-class math instruction in 2 days. We are excited and ready to work with you!


Presenters

Greg Tang has done over 3,000 workshops, conferences and school visits in the past 17 years. He is the NY Times best-selling author of The Grapes of Math, gold medal-winning eBook Math Appeal, and 6 other books from Scholastic. His website GregTangMath.com has over 52 million page views to date and is a cornerstone of school math programs across the country.
Dr. Yeap Ban Har is considered by many to be the foremost expert on Singapore Math. For over 10 years he taught at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Currently, Ban Har is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Pathlight School, an autism-oriented school in Singapore. He is also the author of Think Mathematics.
Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams is a professor and department chair at the Univ. of Louisville. She currently serves on the NCTM Board of Directors and has written many books and articles including Elementary and Middle School Mathematics, Teaching Developmentally, and Teaching Student Centered Mathematics (with Van de Walle, Lovin & Karp).

Schedule

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Sessions

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 7

Rigor & Results – Keynote, All Grades
Greg Tang

To be good at math, do kids need good computational skills or good problem-solving skills? The answer is both – and strong reasoning skills are the key! But what’s the best way to develop these critical skills? In our opening keynote we will explore the important role of reasoning and rigor in your classroom. Together, we will solve challenging problems that will both baffle and delight you. Join us and experience firsthand the value of struggle and the satisfaction of success.

Visualization – Grades K-2
Yeap Ban Har

Word Problem Progressions – Grades K-2
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Textbooks do not seem to pay much attention to the progression of word problems and needlessly confuse and confound our students.

Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they should be taught. We will look at ways you can jump start your kindergarten students and get them ready for 1st grade problems, especially the challenging comparison and 2-step problems they will see next year.

For 1st grade students, we will have them practicing multi-step problems in a thoughtful, progressive way that builds confidence and skills while encouraging perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Word Problems – Grades 3-5
Greg Tang

Are all word problems created equal? Definitely not! There is a clear progression within each grade level and from one grade level to the next. Textbooks do not seem to pay much attention to the progression of word problems and needlessly confuse and confound our students.

Join Greg as we explore the different types of word problems and a common sense order in which they should be taught. We will use multi-step word problems to teach and assess skills within a grade level, then use more multi-sep problems to assess skills across grade levels.

We will focus on the more challenging problems, first using elapsed time to assess additive thinking. We will switch to multiplicative thinking including problems with remainders and fractions. We will use multi-step problems to assess understanding, develop reasoning skills, and encourage perseverance. Who knew word problems could be such a powerful tool for developing mathematical thinking!

Four Fundamentals of Multiplication Fact Fluency – Grades 3-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Imagine an approach to mastering multiplication facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Proper use of Properties – Grades 6-8
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Exploring How Properties Can Support Understanding of Big Ideas

The associate, commutative, and distributive properties are not in the middle school curriculum so that students can match them up with examples that fit each property! They are in the K-12 curriculum as generalizations about how numbers (and variables) can be moved around without changing the value of an expression. The properties are central to conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. In this session, we will explore ideas central to the middle school curriculum (e.g., proportions, rational number operations, and simplifying algebraic expressions) and see how explicit attention to using the properties can develop procedural fluency.

Rational Numbers – Grades 6-8
Yeap Ban Har

What Learning Theories Say – In this session, we will experience the learning of four operations involving negative integers for middle school students in ways that are consistent with the learning theories.

1:45-3:00 Electives

Assess Basic Fact Fluency Like It’s Important – Grades K-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

With all we know about formative assessment, why do we continue to use something as ineffective as a rote timed test to assess one of the biggest ideas in mathematics? Not only do timed tests not provide good data on student learning, they contribute to student anxiety in mathematics. Let’s pull out all the stops and use our best knowledge of formative assessment tools! In this session, we will explore tools such as journal writing, observations, informal interviews, and mastery interviews, that collectively provide the type of data we need to ensure that we are building on what students know in order to eventually master their entire set of facts.

Journaling – Grades K-5
Yeap Ban Har

Singaporean educators consider reflection to be one of the 5 necessary components for an effective mathematics lesson, and the use of math journals can be seen in almost all classrooms in Singapore. The research behind the use of journaling is definitive, yet few teachers realize how powerful math journaling can be and the many uses it has in the classroom.

Ban Har will demonstrate these uses, and why they are such an integral part of the Singapore approach to teaching mathematics. You will leave this session feeling excited and empowered to use journals in your classroom!

Technology – Grades K-5
Greg Tang Jr.

Do your students like math games? Reasoning puzzles? Collaborative activities? FUN?! If so, they are going to love what we have coming. Join Greg Jr, creator of Tangy Tuesdays™ and Ten Frame Mania™, as he unveils the all new tangmath.com 2.0! This exciting update will feature more than 10 new web games, digital teaching tools, printable resources, collaborative activities and more. In this session, teachers will learn firsthand how to navigate the site, use each resources, differentiate for various grade levels and target specific skills.

Area Models – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang

Area models are a terrific tool for making sense of the distributive property. We will start by quickly modeling multiplication and division with whole numbers, mixed numbers, and decimals, then generalize our understanding by multiplying and factoring polynomials.

But our main focus will be on using area models to understand and solve challenging word problems that are typically solved algebraically or not at all. Could area models be the key to making sense of algebra? Join us and see!

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 7

Differentiating Instruction – Keynote, All Grades
Yeap Ban Har

Four Fundamentals of Addition Fact Fluency – Grades K-2
Catherine Kuhns

Imagine an approach to mastering addition facts that prioritizes number relationships over specific facts. Such an approach not only leads to lasting learning of basic facts, but equips students with a number sense that serves them well with larger values, and other mathematics they will encounter. In this session we will explore such a strategy-based approach, and explore a variety of activities and games that both increase students enjoyment of math and their fluency with basic facts.

Anchor Tasks – Grades K-2
Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Anchor Tasks – Grades 3-5
Yeap Ban Har

Learn what makes an anchor task and how anchor tasks make students learn well and deeply. We will also discuss the spiraling nature of consecutive anchor tasks.

Fractions & Decimals 3-5
Greg Tang

Ratio & Proportion – Grades 6-8
Greg Tang

Fractions & Equations – Grades 6-8
Jennifer Bay-Williams

“Why did y = become f(x) = ?” And Other Questions Students Ponder about Functions

Sometimes functions are presented as completely new concepts; other times functions are presented as a new way to use notations for equations. Which is correct? A better question is, “To what extent are both of these assumptions true?” In this session we will explore the relationships between equations and functions. When we understand and teach students how these abstract ideas are related, we help them to build on their prior knowledge and deepen their understanding of algebraic relationships. A collection of engaging tasks will be shared that can be used and adapted across grades 6-8.

1:45-3:00 Electives

When are We Ever Gonna Use This? – Grades K-5
Jennifer Bay-Williams

Think of the many ways you might say this sentence, varying the emphasis on different words. While students might use this expression as a (legitimate) request to know how the mathematics they have learned has a use in their daily lived experiences, we will examine this question in terms of what it can mean in helping every student develop procedural fluency. Intrigued? I hope so!

Place Value – Grades 3-8
Greg Tang

Geometry – Grades 3-8
Yeap Ban Har

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 7

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Meals

To make sure everyone is caffeinated and on time for their workshops, we’ll provide coffee and danish from 7:30-8:15 each morning and a deli box lunch each day from 11:15-12:00. It’s all part of your registration fee, and we’re still less expensive than many conferences!

Why don’t other conferences supply breakfast and lunch like us? Because it’s expensive. But we believe it’s money well-spent as it allows us to compress our schedule and offer additional workshops each day. In addition, one of the important goals of our conference is to encourage camaraderie and collegiality and eating together is a great way to meet new people and get to know our friendly presenters.

We do not provide dinner, so grab a few of your newfound friends and head to one of Baltimore's culinary options.

Course Credit

Our 2-day workshops are eligible for 1 semester unit of college credit through Humboldt State University for an additional cost. These courses are offered primarily for elective or processional development purposes. The cost is $50 per semester credit.

For attending a Greg Tang math workshop you will also receive course completion certificate which will be emailed to you at the end of the institute.

If there are special requirements you or your state have for CEUs, please contact us at: info@gregtangmath.com as soon as possible so we can attempt to accommodate you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, we accept credit card payments on our website. After completing your registration information you will be taken to the payments page where you can complete your registration using your credit card. You will receive an email once your payment has been processed.

Can I register using a purchase order?
Of course! We know that many districts will only allow workshop registration using purchase orders. Once you complete your registration information, you will be taken to a page to complete your payment information. Your registration is not confirmed until you enter your purchase order information or complete purchase with credit card. If you do not have a PO # at the time of registration, enter "email" in the PO # field and send us an email at info@gregtangmath.com to confirm your registration. You can email, fax or mail your PO to the information below. Payment is preferred prior to the event.

Do you have a paper registration form?
We accept registrations using this form, although we cannot guarantee space will be available at the time of receipt. To ensure your spot is saved for the workshop, you must first register online: registration link. If your school requires paper registration, you should still complete the online registration and save your spot by entering the purchase order number as "Paper".

When is my payment due?
Payments are due prior to the event. We can accept cash, check and all major credit cards on-site at the workshop if prior arrangements have been made.

Do you offer group discounts?
For the 2018 Summer Math Events we have decided to forgo the group discounts and offer Early Bird Registration instead. There are 2 rounds of Earl Bird Pricing, register by March 31st to receive $50 off per person, or by May 31st for a $25 per person discount.

I am unable to attend. Can someone take my spot?
Yes, you can switch out attendees at any point leading up to the conference. Just send us a quick email to info@gregtangmath.com with the name of the attendee who is unable to join, and the name, grade level, and email address of their replacement. In-case there are last minute changes, have the replacement let us know at check-in who they will be filling in for.

What happens if I have to cancel?
We understand there are times where you may be unable to attend a conference you have registered for. If cancellation is done more than 30-days from the event, we will refund your registration cost minus a $100 administration fee. We will waive the cancellation fee by holding the balance paid to a future workshop hosted by Creative Smarts, Inc. if requested.

There are no refunds for cancellations within 30-days of the event (no refunds for cancellations requested after July 7th).

Can I get an invoice for my registration?
When you complete your registration, an automatic confirmation email is sent to the email address listed as the payment contact. This email includes a link to download your invoice. Please check your junk/spam folder to see if this email was caught up there. If you are still unable to find the invoice, write to us at info@gregtangmath.com with the primary registrant’s name and we will email you an invoice.

Are you a vendor for my district?
There is a good possibility we have been added as a vendor in your district for a previous workshop, if so we would be listed as "Creative Smarts Inc.". If we are not listed as a vendor, we would be glad to provide you the information you need to have us added. Email us at info@gregtangmath.com and we will send over the required tax form. Our contact information is listed below.

Do you offer college credit for this workshop?
We are still finalizing the details of college credit for the 2018 Math Institutes. The past two years we were able to offer 1 semester unit of college credit through Humboldt State University at the cost of $50 per unit. These courses are offered primarily for elective or professional development purposes.

What time is the conference?
The full daily schedule can be seen at the bottom of the sessions tab. We will plan to have onsite check-in available the night before the conference. Check-in on Tuesday, July 10th will start at 7:00 am. Further registration details will be provided nearer to the event.

May I record a session at the conference?
Audio or visual recording is not permitted at any workshop or seminar due to copyright/trademark issues.

What is your contact information?

Company name:Creative Smarts, Inc.
Mailing address:PO Box 185
 Hesston, KS 67062
Email Address:info@gregtangmath.com
Phone Number:620-869-1799
Fax Number:800-858-1287

Register

The cost of our two-day workshop is $595, and that includes coffee and danish each morning and lunch at noon. We have early bird discounts available. Save $50 per person if you register by March 31st, $25 per person if you register by May 31st.

We also have a special student discount for pre-service teachers. Please contact us at: info@gregtangmath.com for more information or questions.

Our goal is to make this the most worthwhile two days of learning you have ever experienced. We hope you will help us spread the word by sharing our link with your friends and colleagues: http://gregtangmath.com/baltimoremath.

Click here to register now!