October 2021 Lower-Level Teacher Workshop

This workshop took place virtually on October 23.
Due to the high demand for our virtual teacher workshops, we split and run a lower-level workshop (designed for teachers of grades K-5) and an upper-level workshop (designed for teachers of grades 6-12). The page for the upper-level (October 16) workshop is

at this upper-level link

Professional development credit certificates and stipends were offered for this workshop.
However, a teacher may only obtain a certificate and stipend for the lower-level or upper-level workshop, but not both. (It is OK if someone wants to attend both workshops.)

Participants have to have a current W9 on file with Kansas State University to get the stipend. A copy of the W9 form is available at the bottom of this page. If someone was paid for a workshop in 2021, the W9 on file is still valid.

The workshop featured 80-minute mathematical activities/explorations led by Pam Smith and Dave Auckly.


(All times in Mountain Time.)

9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome

9:10 – 10:30 (Pam Smith) Math Session 1: An Exploration of “youcubed” Tasks

10:30 – 10:50 Introductions/Discussion

10:50 – 11:10 BREAK!

11:10 – 12:30 (Dave Auckly) Math Session 2: Color Scratch and the magic 6/9.

12:30 – 1:00 Final discussion


An Exploration of “youcubed” Tasks
In this session, we will explore several tasks recommended by Jo Boaler of Stanford University. These activities are aimed at grades K – 5 and provide engaging ways for students to develop and improve their number sense and operation sense.

For a pdf with Tic-Tac-Toe Sums see
The Page on YouCubed.org.

Color Scratch and the magic 6/9. We explored the color scratch and magic 6/9 activities from MathPickel.

The link to MathPickel is https://mathpickle.com/.

Gordon Hamilton will facilitate a future workshop.

W9 form