March 2018 Teacher Workshop

March 24 Dine College Teacher Workshop

Tatiana Shubin, Anne McCarthy, and Pam Smith ran a workshop. This workshop had a slightly different structure than some of our past workshops. After breakfast, teachers divided into teams of 4 to 6. Each team will pick from a selection of prepared math activities. The teachers read the materials and played with math festival activities.

Scroll to the end to see links to the activities.

There was a lunch and Anne and Pam ran a math session. It will also included a discussion asking for input how the NNMC can better serve the needs of the community.

Professional development credit certificates were available for this workshop.


8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 9:50 Teams of teachers look at activities and ask questions.

10:00 – 10:20 First team divides into two teams of 2 and each runs the activity with half of the remaining teachers.

10:20 – 10:40 Second team..

10:40 – 11:00 Third team..

11:00 – 12:30 Anne and Pam: Problem Solving through Noticing and Wondering

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 1:50 Fourth team..

1:50 – 2:10 Fifth team…

2:10 – 2:30 Sixth team…

2:30 – 3:15 Discussion: How can we improve? Can we make the mentoring work for you?

Abstract for Anne and Pam’s session

Participants will use the practice of “notice and wonder” to find multiple strategies for solving problems. These examples will demonstrate that taking the time to notice and be thoughtful often uncovers patterns, relationships, or understanding that make problems easier to solve. This practice illustrates the importance of discourse and communication of mathematical ideas.

Math Handouts


Tiling First Questions


Nim Games

River Crossing

In and Out Puzzle


Cryptography guide