Using Effective Questioning Strategies to promote Student Engagement and Increase Achievement in the Mathematics Classroom


Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

About the Presentation: Today’s assessments - EOC, STAAR, SAT, PSAT, AP and district benchmarks - require that teachers have the ability to create and pose questions to students in order to engage them and elicit deeper-level thinking about the subject under discussion Skillful us of the art of questioning is one of the basic skills of good teaching. Increased student achievement has directly linked to teachers use of effective
questioning strategies. This seminar will focus on how instructors can use the art of thoughtful questioning to extract not only factual information, but aid learners in connecting concepts, making inferences, increasing awareness, encouraging creative and imaginative thought,
aiding critical thinking processes, and generally helping learners explore deeper levels of knowing, thinking, and understanding.

To bring this session to your area, call 1-800-717-2723 ext 10 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Successful STAAR Strategies for Measurement, Data, and Geometry and Spatial Reasoning


Workshop Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Two Day)
Registration time: 8:00 am
Registration fee: $349, $299 for Texas ASCD members

Summary: Students must learn mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experiences and prior knowledge.  Participants will evaluate the reasonableness of solutions to application problems focusing on Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Reasoning, and data. They will explore estimation and accuracy, and formulas in perimeter and area.

This workshop will focus on the following topics:
• Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Reasoning, and Data
• Develop and use Effective Questioning Strategies during instructions

Participants will work on activities and instructional strategies that will advance their teaching skills and help you promote mathematical proficiency in their students. They will evaluate the supporting and readiness standards, given the opportunity to work cooperatively in developing mathematical concepts concretely to build understanding and then abstractly to apply information for problem solving.  This strategy will assist teachers in addressing the unique learning styles of many students in their classroom.  The participants will be given opportunities to explore mathematical relationships, develop skills and communicate their ideas through multiple representations.

Who Should Attend: Classroom Mathematics instructors - Grades 5-8

Assessment Strategies for Mathematics

Workshop Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Registration time: 8:30 AM
Registration fee:
  One Day Institute- $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)
  Two Day Academy- $349 ($299 for Texas ASCD members)
To schedule this academy at your district call, 512-477-8200.
This session is designed to provide teachers with specific assessment strategies to support lesson planning that is aligned to the rigor of the TEKS Readiness and Supporting  Standards and the EOC. The uses of diagnostic, formative and summative assessment strategies will be targeted in this session.  These strategies include: use of graphic organizers before, during and after instruction; and, appropriate strategies that facilitate the use of writing in mathematics to foster student meta-cognition and reflective thought processes.




Mathematics Literacy: Strategies for reading, vocabulary and concept development


Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)

Please contact our office at 512.477.8200 to schedule this institute at your location.

Summary: EVERY test is a reading test.  Learn effective literacy strategies for mathematics that will support the TEKS Readiness and Supporting Standards that will support STAAR and EOC..
Reading strategies that are specifically designed for attacking math application problems will be shared.  Students not only need to read words, but tables, graphs, charts and a variety of pictures as well.  We will explore how specific language arts and reading strategies may be adapted for use in the mathematics classroom.  We will use math examples throughout the day!

Who Should Attend: Middle School, High School, Mathematics coaches, and Summer School math and English teachers and administrators working with students who struggle to pass various standardized assessments.

Five Day Math - Rigorous Assessment Strategies for STAAR Mathematics: Before, During and After Instruction.

Rigorous Assessment Strategies for STAAR Mathematics: Before, During and After Instruction
(Grades 3-8)


Beatrice Luchin
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration fee:
$850 per person for non-members (all 5-days)    
$750 for Texas ASCD members

For more information call 1.512.477.8200

Summary: This 5-day academy is designed to provide participants with instructional and assessment strategies that target struggling students in the content area of mathematics. The academy will focus on the strategic use of graphic organizers (both teacher-directed and student-directed arrangements) and assessment strategies that can be used to complement existing programs and curriculum already in place.  Participants will be provided planning time to develop plans that incorporate the use of Graphic Organizers and STAAR Assessment Strategies for current and upcoming topics of instruction during each session.

  • Graphic Organizers: Participants will learn the components of graphic organizers, how to use graphic organizers within classroom routines to assist students in organizing and retaining information.  For example, they will see how the use of a sequence diagram can help students represent sequential processes of an algorithm and solve a mathematical problem.  Research indicates that use of Graphic Organizers is effective for helping elementary, middle school and secondary students organize and remember content area information, help students develop higher level thinking skills and promote creativity.
  • Assessment Strategies: Participants will be engaged in discussions and activities that address formative classroom assessment designed for both individual tasks and cooperative group tasks. These assessment options are designed to (1) increase students' understanding of concepts through verbal interaction with peers, (2) provide feedback to the instructor on the cognitive processes students use to answer questions, (3) reinforce the classroom learning environment, and (4) model a variety of assessment methods. Because group work is targeted, additional strategies for forming groups quickly and efficiently and, at the same time, to vary the composition and sometimes the size of the groups throughout a lesson will also be addressed in this academy.

Tentative outline for the 5-days:
Days 1 and 2
Focus:  Use of Graphic Organizers

Participants will learn to effectively use Graphic Organizers and be able to—

(a) Consistently, coherently, and creatively use Graphic Organizers
(b) Employ teacher-directed and student-directed approaches; and
(c) Address individual needs via curricular adaptations
(d) Create lesson plans that utilize Graphic Organizers to include one or more of these key components:
•    review
•    presentation
•    guided practice
•    corrections and feedback
•    independent practice
•    weekly and monthly reviews
•    formative assessment

The intent is to also shift the focus when working with struggling students from basic skills instruction in isolation, to the instructional focus supported by the TEKS and the NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000) includes teaching higher-level thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills that are embedded in real-world situations.  Participants will engage in activities that illustrate how and why Graphic Organizers are a valuable tool for assisting struggling students with basic mathematical procedures and mathematical problem solving. At the end of the session participants will be knowledgeable of the following: What is a Graphic Organizer? Why Use Graphic Organizers for Content Instruction?  What Are the Components of Graphic Organizers? How do I Use Graphic Organizers in My Classes?

Participants should bring and use resource and curriculum materials for day 2 to develop plans that incorporate the use of Graphic Organizers for current and upcoming topics of instruction and be prepared to collect student samples of work to bring to session 2 to share.

Days 3 and 4           
Focus: Assessment for Individual and Small Groups Tasks

Participants will participate in a gallery walk where artifacts will be shared during the morning.
Continue to work on use of graphic organizers

Assessing Individual Tasks Participants will explore the use of formative assessments and be provided with strategies designed to assist them with how to ascertain how students are progressing in their learning. Formative assessments to be explored include student demonstrations, written projects, and interviews between teacher and student. The intent is that these formative assessments not be used for grading purposes, but provide both teacher and student with valuable feedback about the student’s progress. The desired outcome is that participants use this information to make informed decisions about their teaching, such as adjusting the rate of instruction, assigning remedial activities, and planning alternative experiences.
Assessing Small Group Tasks Participants will become acquainted with research and activities that illustrate how to assess learning is inherently social and gain a better understanding of how collaborative learning provides social stimulation of mutual engagement.  This mutual exploration, meaning-making, and feedback often lead to better understanding on the part of students, and to the creation of new understanding as well.  Participants will become familiar with specific strategies assessment strategies including Guided Reciprocal Peer Questioning, Double Entry Journal, Send-A-Problem, Paired Annotations, and Focused Listing will be explored and illustrated.

Day 5

Participants will bring sample of student work to share and discuss in a small group setting.  What worked/did not work will be a facilitated discussion.  Participants will begin to make plans for future use of strategies.
Final Reflection activities will be conducted as well as additional planning time to prepare for the remaining school year and use of the content and knowledge gained from the institute.

Some of the content from Day 5 will be adjusted based on the results of Days 3 and 4.

Who Should Attend: Elementary, Secondary Math Teachers, Mathematics coaches, Lead Teachers, and Administrators.



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