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Why We Should Reconsider Using Word Problems (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)

Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Why We Should Reconsider Using Word Problems (And What We Should Be Doing Instead)

Presented by Robert Kaplinsky, Educator, Speaker, and Co-Author of HMH AGA and Into AGA
Hosted by Denise Singleton, Product Marketing Director, Core Mathematics Marketing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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How do we give students the authentic mathematics experiences they need to navigate the modern world? For example, a pre-published word problem on the spread of a pandemic doesn’t really mirror real life. Factors that really matter, like social distancing or a population’s age, won’t be included. Join this edWebinar as Robert Kaplinsky, well-known mathematics educator, author, and speaker, discusses how to teach students to build skills they can use to deal with the complexities ahead.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to teach through authentic problem solving
  • Help students build skills they can use to tackle complexities in college, career, and beyond
  • Understand why we can’t keep teaching math the way we were taught

This edWebinar will be of benefit to middle and high school teachers, school and district leaders, math curriculum directors, coaches, and department chairs. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation.


Robert KaplinskyAbout the Presenter

Robert Kaplinsky is an educator, presenter, and co-author of HMH AGA and Into AGA. He has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District in CA, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world. He co-founded the website Open Middle, has been published in Edutopia and Education Week, is the author of Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, and created the #ObserveMe movement.


Denise SingletonAbout the Host

Denise Singleton has over 25 years of experience as a mathematics educator and educational content marketer. Her conversational style and enthusiasm will engage and entertain you!




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Monday, May 4, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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