Workshop

Learn from Jennifer at full-day pre-conference workshop—Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding

Jennifer Chang-Wathall

Independent Educational Consultant, Author & Part-Time Instructor for the University of Hong Kong

With over 25 years’ experience in the education field, Jennifer has worked in several international schools including South Island School, Hong Kong and The United Nations International School, New York and Island School, Hong Kong.

In the international arena, she has presented numerous keynote addresses and workshops about concept-based mathematics and concept-based curriculum and instruction to Pre-K-12 educators around the world.  Jennifer holds a degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Hong Kong. Based on her Masters of Arts and Doctorate in Educational Technology she also facilitates concept-based mathematics online courses, gives talks about innovative uses of digital instructional media and how to effectively integrate a 1:1 program into the classroom.

As a qualified International Baccalaureate workshop leader (“Mathematical Studies, Mathematics Standard and Higher Level, Concepts and Inquiry in the Diploma Program and Approaches to Teaching and Learning”) Jennifer has delivered numerous workshops in the Asia Pacific region. Her role as a field representative for the IB Asia Pacific serves as part of the quality assurance framework. She has been invited to give several talks at the IB Asia Pacific and IB Americas annual conferences.

She is a certified trainer in the DISCtm behaviour assessment tool and she is a certified independent consultant in “Concept-Based Curriculum Design” by Dr. H. Lynn Erickson. Jennifer works as an independent consultant helping math departments and educational institutions transition to concept-based curriculum and instruction. She utilizes her skills as a certified Performance Coach to facilitate transition and change.

Jennifer consulted for the IB on the new diploma mathematics courses for first teaching in 2019 to develop a concept-based mathematics curriculum model. She has co-authored student reference books for the new IB Mathematics courses with Oxford University Press.

Her bestselling book titled “Concept-Based Mathematics: Teaching for Deep Understanding in Secondary Schools” was released in February 2016.

Extended Workshop: Inquiry-Based Learning Experiences for Mathematics Classroom

This workshop will look at exemplar learning experiences that encourage inquiry-based learning with an emphasis on conceptual understanding. Participants will be engaged in a variety of learning experiences from early years to high school.

Participants will be able to answer the following questions after this workshop:

  1. What are the levels of inquiry and how do I use these levels in my practice?
  2. What is the inductive teaching approach and how do I apply this to mathematics learning experiences?
  3. How do I design inquiry-led, concept-based learning experiences in my classroom?

1 Hour Workshop: Engaging Instructional Strategies for the Mathematics Classroom - Part 1

This interactive workshop will cover the first four instructional strategies to engage students and promote learning in the mathematics classroom. Participants will be immersed in a social constructivist environment and partake in highly engaging learning experiences. The session is suitable for Pre-k to 12 educators. 

1 Hour Workshop: Engaging Instructional Strategies for the Mathematics Classroom - Part 2

This interactive workshop will cover the second four instructional strategies to engage students and promote learning in the mathematics classroom. Participants will be immersed in a social constructivist environment and partake in highly engaging learning experiences. You do not need to attend part 1 to participate in part 2. The session is suitable for Pre-k to 12 educators.