math workshops

Join us for one of our adolescent math workshops with Michael Waski!

Each workshop focuses on an aspect of teaching math at the adolescent level, offering both theory and practical tools to implement in the classroom.

$300/ea or $1050 for all 4

Michael Waski is a math teacher at the Montessori High School in Cleveland, OH. He holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, a BS from Kent State University, and an MA in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Michael has been teaching for 21 years, 17 of which have been at the adolescent level. In addition, Mike is a member of the visiting faculty on the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies program as well as a frequent NAMTA presenter. Mike is also the author of Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent, the holy grail of advanced Montessori math for the adolescent.

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beginning algebra 1

April 12-14, 2018

Denver, CO

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Organizing a Math Classroom

June 14-16, 2018

Cleveland, OH

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Elementary math for the adolescent guide

August (Dates TBD)

Denver, CO

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Geometry, Philosophy, and History

October 11-13, 2018

Denver, CO

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beginning algebra 1 - Mike Waski

Over the course of this 3-day workshop, you will be immersed in adolescent mathematics work. Focusing on algebra curriculum, the course covers a variety of topics including a review of the importance of working with integers, order of operations, solving linear equations, factoring and the quadratic formula.

Led by Michael Waski, long time practitioner and math guru, the course will cover topics and lessons found in his book “Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent.” Based on a deep understanding of both mathematics and Montessori materials, this book expands the work in the Montessori Elementary classroom to provide an unmatched guide to advanced Montessori math for the adolescent.

The format for the workshop will be a series of discussions and demonstrations of key lessons followed by hands-on practice by participants. Materials for hands-on work will be provided. Participants are required to bring a copy of "Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent."

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organizing a math classroom - Mike Waski

There are many components to a successful math classroom, including lesson structure, building in open work time, use of materials, individualization, technology, and integration with other disciplines. Balancing these components is not always an easy task. This workshop provides teachers the tools to effectively incorporate these elements into their unique classroom situations. Teachers will walk away with a solid philosophical base for a math classroom, in addition to practical examples of structures to implement in their own environments. 

The format for the workshop will be a series of lectures and discussions, as well as time for teachers to develop classroom and curriculum designs and get feedback on their designs.

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elementary math for the adolescent guide - Mike Waski and Candace Cheung

Guides are often not familiar with the lessons and experiences of the elementary Montessori student.  This lack of experience and knowledge can create a situation where the guide feels helpless and ill equipped to continue lessons with materials and build on the previous work and knowledge of their students.This course will serve to orient new guides to the elementary Montessori math and geometry materials and lessons, give new guides a select group of math and geometry lessons that bridge the elementary and secondary, and support Montessori guides in the application of Montessori theory and practice in an adolescent math environment.

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geometry, philosophy, and history - Mike Waski

Get ready to do some geometry! Some of the most engaging and powerful math work comes out of the field of geometry. This workshop will include lessons, stories, and activities that teachers can take back to their classrooms and implement in fun and creative ways. Presentations will include exercises and activities about logic, problem solving and proofs which can help students develop critical thinking skills.  The origins, history, and philosophy of Greek mathematicians such as Euclid, Pythagoras, Thales, Zeno and Diophantus will also be examined to build strong foundations for other branches of mathematics including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. 

It is recommended participants bring a quality compass and straightedge for geometric constructions.