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Friday, March 1 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Encouraging Productive Struggle FILLING

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Video game designers have discovered exactly how to encourage productive struggle. Learn 5 key design principles that you can use immediately to make math irresistible. Participate in interactive activities where you will see exactly how to apply these principles to promote growth mindset, spark curiosity, and create a culture of perseverance.

Teachers will learn 5 principles video game designers use to make games irresistible.
1 - Agency (give students some control)
2 - Progressive challenge (start easy to engage all learners, then increase demand)
3 - Making failure an expectation (in video games, you just start over after 'failing')
4 - Provide descriptive feedback (explain exactly what the student is doing well) 5 - Don't give answers (video games never give away the answers)

Teachers will experience exactly how these principles can be applied to mathematics first hand as they tackle three challenging problems in the session.

One key element is getting students to voluntarily participate in problem solving. I address this by sharing several proven techniques that spark student curiosity. This enables teachers to take existing problems and tweak them to promote engagement in their classrooms.

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Raj Shah

Founder and CEO, Math Plus Academy
Dr. Shah is a life-long math enthusiast who earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois. After working nine years at Intel, Dr. Shah quit his job in 2008 to pursue his passion of introducing kids to the wonder of mathematics and teaching them to think rather than just... Read More →

Friday March 1, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sweeney A
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES This session covers all CCSS Standards of Mathematical Practice.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Teachers will leave with simple, practical tips that they can implement right away to increase student curiosity and create a culture where students naturally want to persevere on challenging problems.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Engage in problem solving and see exactly how the techniques and strategies I share are implemented in a 'classroom' setting.
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