Collins Education Associates Collins Education Associates Online

. . . offering graduate level courses in collaboration with Castleton University, Castleton, VT

Bill Atwood, Instructor

Bill Atwood is a Collins Associate with over 37 years of experience in public and private schools and a Presidential Award finalist for excellence in math and science teaching. His books and videos describe strategies that improve both thinking and writing skills. Most recently, Bill has been involved in developing workshops that support evidenced-based reading and writing as well as creating materials ready to be downloaded and used in classrooms.

Bill has led thousands of workshops across the country and is known for his sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to focus on practical ideas that teachers can implement easily. He is part of the graduate faculty at Castleton University and Endicott College.


When

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM EDT
-to-
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:55 PM EST


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Collins Education Associates Online
. . . in collaboration with Castleton University
Castleton, VT 05735

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Bill Atwood, Instructor

617-686-2330

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How Did You Get That?  Improving Open Response Answers in Math: Strategies for Traditional Classrooms and Remote Learning

Grades 2 to 8

For teachers in all content areas, department heads, principals, supervisors, curriculum coordinators, curriculum committee members, and special educators

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course, using the nationally known and research-based Collins Writing framework, provides educators with practical classroom strategies and teaching techniques.  The Collins framework is designed to improve the quality of student engagement, and teacher feedback, as well as develop critical procedural skills, conceptual understandings and vocabulary, and problem solving expertise. Imbedded in the course will be strategies for both traditional classroom instruction and remote learning as well as ideas to involve parents and guardians. This course will guide teachers as they plan and implement strategies to strengthen their teaching and use alongside any published math program.

COURSE GOALS 

  • To understand the role of retrieval practice and feedback plays in deepening long term memory
  • To explore how improving number fluency and vocabulary in math frees up cognitive space for problem solving
  • To introduce a system to break down problems, understand their structure, show thinking efficiently, and develop stronger reasoning skills
  • To boost confidence in teachers’ mathematical understanding as they strive to balance rote procedures with the “why” of math

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Implement ten critical strategies to boost engagement, deepen understanding, and improve performance on open-ended math problems 
  • Identify and effectively teach critical math vocabulary and graphics that build background knowledge and allow students to communicate ideas clearly and efficiently
  • Build a collection of authentic problem-solving assignments that are motivating and well-designed to build, reinforce, and apply mathematical understanding
  • Learn four engagement strategies for teaching in both the classroom and in remote learning situations: Talk Moves; Chat with a Neighbor; Check/Add/Star; Show Me
  • Include writing as an instructional tool to elicit and expand student background knowledge and find useful online resources that help with remote learning
  • Use clear, focused criteria for evaluating open response answers
  • Use common language and strategies across all grade levels and content areas

COURSE SYLLABUS

Click here to view the course syllabus.

COURSE DATES

July 27, 2020 to December 1, 2020

REGISTRATION

WHEN REGISTERING PLEASE BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT COURSE OPTION AND FEE. OPTION 1 ($800) INCLUDES A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE ONLY. OPTION 2 ($1,175) INCLUDES 3 GRADUATE COURSE CREDITS. 

Register Now!Payment is accepted by check, purchase order, credit card or PayPal. If you are paying by credit card choose the PayPal option (you do not need a PayPal account). Or, you can register by contacting the instructor, Bill Atwood, at 617-686-2330 or at thebillatwood@gmail.com.

IF YOU NEED AN INVOICE IN ORDER TO GET A PO ISSUED, PLEASE CONTACT THE INSTRUCTOR OR INFO@COLLINSED.COM.