Workshops, Conferences, Summits ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:10pm

Dear Colleagues, Friends, & Supporters,

Volker Ecke and Christine von Renesse just came back from facilitating an IBL workshop at Jackson College, MI. It was wonderful to work with a mathematics department that is so committed to excellence in teaching and community building. Thanks also to Nina White for co-facilitating!

The National IBL Conference is happening June 31-June 2 in Austin TX. There will be wonderful IBLish activities throughout the conference (like participating in live IBL classrooms), and Deborah Ball and Hortensia Soto are the invited speakers. None of us are able to go this year :( BUT we are facilitating local IBL workshops on June 1:

  • Phil Hotchkiss will be at the Northeastern Sectional MAA meeting in New Haven, CT, and facilitate an IBL workshop with Jane Cushman.
  • Christine von Renesse and Volker Ecke will facilitate an IBL workshop at Holyoke Community College, MA.

If you are interested in IBL at the K-12 level, we highly suggest the PBL Teaching Summit in June in NYC.

In case you missed it, Jo Boaler has been using and promoting some of our materials on her website. We are especially excited about a video in which her students are sharing their ideas about the Penny and Paperclip Game.

We hope you will have a wonderful summer,


Julian Fleron, Phil Hotchkiss, Volker Ecke, & Christine von Renesse.

p.s. In case you have missed it: our website now allows faculty to create a free account and access teacher materials to some of our books. We are working on completing the teacher materials for all the books. Please have a look and tell us what you think.

We always love having visitors. Let us know if you are interested in visiting us at Westfield.

Whole Class Discussion: Show of Hands

This semester we are video taping our IBL classes and as I am watching the videos I am reflecting (again) on all the pieces necessary for a productive whole class discussion. My goal for a discussion is to make the “Big Mathematical Ideas” visible by having students construct connections between different solution strategies or attempts.