April 30 2022 Zoom Teacher Workshop

This workshop took place virtually. If you have questions about future workshops or programs reach out to us at navajomath@gmail.com or 785 473 0273 (call or text).

Professional development credit certificates and stipends were offered for this workshop.

The workshop will featured mathematical activities/explorations led by Pam Smith, Daniel Kline and Gordon Hamilton. Full session videos are posted below.


(All times valid for Crownpoint, NM.)

9:00 Welcome.

9:15 – 10:30 (Pam Smith) Math Circle Session 1
Title: Noticing and Wondering, to Launch into Problem Solving

10:30 – 10:50 Introductions/Discussion

10:50 – 12:05 (Daniel Kline) Math Circle Session 2
Title: Making Math a Festival: How to Build Fun Math Communities in Your Classroom and Beyond

12:05 – 12:30 Sanity Break

12:30 – 1:45 (Amanda Serenevy) Math Circle Session 3
Title: Building Number Sense.

1:45 – Whenever math circle discussion/suggested resources


Noticing and Wondering, to Launch into Problem Solving:
In this session, we will investigate two or three scenarios, by starting with noticing and wondering. This is a great way for students to become engaged with problem solving—even before they know what the “problem” is!

Making Math a Festival: How to Build Fun Math Communities in Your Classroom and Beyond:
What does fun math look like? What if I don’t have time to do fun math? What if I don’t have the resources to do fun math? These have always been challenging questions, but because of COVID, it’s harder than ever to create joyful and collaborative math communities for our young learners. JRMF provides low-cost, accessible, and stress-free resources to bring fun math into the classroom and share it with your larger school community. At our session, you’ll get hands-on experience with one of our favorite, mathematically-rich puzzles. After playing through our puzzles yourself, we’ll give you the skills and resources you need to use our puzzles with your students the very next day.

Find some Julia Robinson Games and Puzzles at This link.

Building Number Sense:
During this session, we will explore some ways to engage students in creative thinking while building their number sense and computational skills. Along the way, we will create and discover some fascinating patterns!

Here are materials Amanda recommends using to help student build number sense:

Number Talk Overview










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