Math Vocabulary

A Critical Component to Problem Solving,

Conceptual Understanding, and Math Fluency

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

with Bill Atwood

Sponsored by SERESC

Who Should Attend:

All Math Teachers from Grades K-8

About the Presentation:

This workshop will offer 12 practical, easy to use, engaging strategies for teaching math vocabulary. 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 vocabulary by grade level, a DVD with 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 both practice the strategies in depth as well as create materials that match the needs of their students. The workshop will be useful, fast-paced, and fun.


As a result of attending, participants will:

  • Identify key vocabulary for their grade level

  • Understand the important role vocabulary plays in learning, retaining knowledge, and problem solving

  • Apply 6 or more strategies from the workshop

  • Create materials for use in the classroom


8:00–8:30: Guest Arrival, Registrant Check-in, Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00: Introduction: Importance of Vocabulary and What Research says about best practices for building vocabulary

9:00: Strategies 1-4 and practice

10:00: Break

10:15: Strategies 5-9 and practice

11:30: Lunch

12:15: Strategies 10-12 and practice

1:15: Break

2:00-3:00: Developing classroom materials and wrap up

Praise for this Speaker's last presentation

"Bill Atwood was fantastic! I have not been to a workshop this great in a long time!"

"Love how much energy your presentation included. Looking forward to using these with my students"

"This workshop offered excellent modeling for information and useful. This presentation held my attention for the entire time."

"I cannot wait to be with my students to get them moving with Math Vocab!"

"Very excited to go back and use the strategies. Great differentiation for all grade levels"

About the 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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Check in starts at 8:00

Breakfast and Lunch at SERESC

Certificate of Attendance available for 5.5 Contact Hours

$185.00 per participant

$165.00 early registration by 3/25/15---Enter discount code: early*registration

For Member District Discount: See your school district administrator for a code to use when you register online.

Registration Ends 4/1/15

Registration closes 7 days before event date. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellation should be made in writing. A full refund will be made for cancellations postmarked, or sent via email, 7 days before the event.

No refunds will be given for requests received after 7 days before the event, or for "no shows". We do accept substitution of another person at our conference. 24 hours of notification is appreciated.

All received registrations are subject to Cancellation/Refund policy. Cost of registration fee is still liable whether payment is paid or unpaid, if no notice of cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to the event.

If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


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