Math Words in Motion

Building Math Vocabulary

with Bill Atwood

Friday, January 29, 2016


29 Commerce Drive

Bedford NH 0310

603 206-6800

About this Presentation

Day 1: Math Words in Motion: Building Math Vocabulary

Background knowledge, specifically math vocabulary, is a key indicator in how well students will learn new material. The more math vocabulary students have in their head, the more meaningful connections they will be able to make in the lesson and the more clearly they will be able to explain their thinking. However, math is not and should not be considered a class in vocabulary.

This workshop will offer 12 practical, easy to use, engaging strategies for teaching math vocabulary that do not take time away from teaching the math. These research driven, brain-based strategies will help students build background knowledge, solidify understanding, and strengthen problem solving skills.

Teachers will receive a list of 257 critical math vocabulary by grade level, a DVD that shows how to put words in motion, and access to free materials that can be used right away in classrooms. During the workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to practice the strategies, in-depth, as well as to create materials that will match the needs of their students. For the math teacher, this workshop will be useful, fast-paced, engaging, and will spark new ideas energy into your teaching.

Recommended for Grades 2-8.

As a result of attending, teachers will:

  • be able to use 3-6 strategies to improve the teaching of math vocabulary and 3-6 strategies to improve engagement;
  • know the 40-60 critical math vocabulary words for their grade level;
  • receive and create new materials to support the implementation of the strategies.

About this Presenter

Bill Atwood, M.Ed. is a Collins Education Associate who has over 20 years of experience in public and private schools and is a recipient of a Presidential Award for excellence in Math and Science Teaching. His book, How Did You Get That? Improving Open Responses in Math (2011) and a dynamic DVD, Math Words In Motion: Improving Math Vocabulary (2013), describe strategies that improve students’ thinking and writing skills. Bill is a national presenter known for his sense of humor, enthusiasm, and ability to focus on practical ideas that teachers can implement easily. Bill is part of the graduate faculty at Salem State College, Endicott College, and Worcester State College in Massachusetts. Bill lives in Milton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

Here is what others have said about Bill Atwood's presentations:

"Great strategies that are easily accessible. "

"I learned quality information."

"This workshop has given me strategies to dissect word problems and teach vocabulary."

",,,useful workshop with a high level of critical thinking skills"

[as a result of attending]...will offer instructions and concepts in a much more multisensory delivery"

"Fantastic, enthusiastic presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

Friday, January 29, 2016

Check-in and continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am

Presentation starts at 8:30

Lunch at SERESC

Adjourn: 3:00 pm

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 5.5 contact hours

Cost: $225.00

Early Registration Discounted Cost: $195.00, if registered by January 15, 2016---Enter discount code:early*registration

Registration ends January 22, 2016

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SERESC Conference Center

29 Commerce Drive

Bedford, NH 03110


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