Fostering Perseverance in the Math Classroom

Intended Audience

Math teachers grades 6-12

Session Description

We will do math problems that will allow students opportunities to build perseverance. Because these problems are nontraditional, students will have to rely on conceptual understanding to find the solution, instead of mimicking a tated, paved path (by the teacher/textbook). These problems have low floor/high ceiling to promote productive struggle.

Session goals will be to help participants make small adjustments to math problems that will encourage students to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others (SMP3). We will practice strategies that help create a space for students to explain their reasoning, which will reveal their level of understanding (and misconceptions). Using these techniques, teachers will be able to formatively assess their students and then use the data to build a deeper level of conceptual understanding.

About the Presenter

This is Nanette Johnson’s 15th year as a mathematics teacher and her fourth year as a math coach for her school district. Ms. Johnson has taught math classes that include everything from Pre-Algebra to PreCalculus as well as honors courses.

Ms. Johnson has enjoyed the honor of being a presenter at numerous conferences at the local, state and national level. She is a co-founder of the website She is passionate about helping students and enjoys supporting teachers to generate good results and get the best out of their students.

Date, Time and Location

This is a half-day workshop.
Registration: 8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Institute Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Total School Solutions
4751 Mangels Blvd
Fairfield, CA 94534
1 (707) 422-6393

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Fees and Cancellation

Cost: $269 until April 21, 2017 (subject to space availability)
$339 after April 21, 2017

Purchase orders or checks must be received by April 21, 2017.

Cancellations received by April 21, 2017 will be subject to a $50 fee.
Cancellations received after April 21 and “No Shows” will be subject to the full registration fee.

All materials included.