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Building Thinking Classrooms

Master a process for enhancing student learning through a process of enhancing student thinking.

Instructor: Peter Liljedahl

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Peter Liljedahl

Overview

In a time when more students are falling further behind, the old way of teaching mathematics isn’t going to close the learning gap.

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a professor of mathematics education at Simon Fraser University and best-selling author of Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Grades K-12): 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning.

“By and large students spend most of their class time not thinking, at least not in ways we know they need to think in order to be successful in mathematics.”
-Peter Liljedahl, Cult of Pedagogy

In this five-session virtual cohort, Liljedahl shows you (and your instructional team) how to create an ideal setting for processing mathematics and other academic disciplines by “meeting learners where they’re at” and promoting the practice of thinking as opposed to activity, or memorization in classrooms.

Learn what pieces make up a Thinking Classroom, master ways to engage students in the practice of thinking and get actionable strategies to launch and sustain Thinking Classrooms in your schools, with help from Liljedahl’s proven, research-backed method.

Dates

Weekly Tuesdays, starting in October, 2024

Cost

$495 per person
(discounts available for teams)

Who should attend

Classroom teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators

Peter Liljedahl

Meet your instructor

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and author of the best-selling book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Grades K-12): 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning. Peter is a former high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. With a passion for fostering deep mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills, Peter has dedicated his career to reshaping classroom environments. His work emphasizes thinking, collaborative learning, and problem solving, leading to more effective and meaningful mathematics education experiences for students of all ages. Through his research-based innovative teaching methods, Peter continues to inspire educators worldwide to create dynamic and thought-provoking learning spaces. He consults regularly with teachers, schools, school districts, and ministries and departments of education on issues of teaching and learning, problem solving, assessment, numeracy, and building thinking classrooms.

(Source: Corwin.)

The experience

Join professor and best-selling author Dr. Peter Liljedahl for a collaborative, practical and action-oriented virtual cohort-based learning experience.

120-min. live interactive video sessions

Engage with Dr. Peter Liljedahl and colleagues from around the world via a series of (5) live, two-hour virtual learning sessions, conducted online via Zoom, featuring discussion, interactive polls, breakout sessions & more.

Access to the RocketPD Learning Portal

Access session recordings and related practical learning resources, including tools, learning guides and discussion boards, via your own password-protected learning portal.

The outcomes

Whether you’re an experienced educator or instructional coach, or someone who is new to the classroom and looking to hit the ground running with students, you (and/or your team) will emerge from this experience with understanding and capacity to:

  • Build a Thinking Classroom
  • Teach content through a Thinking Classroom
  • Use assessment to shape learning
  • Improve student outcomes

Praise for Thinking Classrooms

“Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics exudes enthusiasm for students, how they think, and how those thoughts coalesce into powerful thinking classrooms. It’s also deeply practical, describing how everything from the teacher’s questions to the arrangement of the furniture can add to your students’ learning.”

Dan Meyer

“Peter Liljedahl’s Thinking Classroom framework transformed my mathematics classroom overnight. I was frustrated that despite my best teaching efforts, some of my students still couldn’t solve simple problems by their final exam. This framework gave me a starting point that I started implementing the very next day and next steps to continue incorporating as my practice evolved.”

Laura Wheeler

“An in-depth action plan backed with significant research and data, Liljedahl’s plan is one that can improve every classroom for the better, and he foresees and addresses any questions or concerns you may have regarding implementation.”

Leslie Mohlman

The sessions

Session #1

October 29, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Introduction to a Thinking Classroom

  • The importance of thinking tasks
  • The importance of visibly random groups
  • The importance of vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS)
Session #2

November 5, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Engagement in the Thinking Classroom

  • The important relationship between thinking and engagement
  • How to increase engagement through flow
  • The relationship between flow and productive struggle
Session #3

November 12, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

A Thinking Classroom Lesson: From Launch to Closing

  • The importance of the launch
  • How to consolidate
  • How to do meaningful notes
  • How to use check-your-understanding questions
Session #4

November 19, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Evaluating What You Value

  • The reality of effective feedback
  • The role of competencies in the thinking classrooms
  • How to develop student competencies in the thinking classrooms
Session #5

November 26, 2024 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST

Formative and Summative Assessment

  • The importance of formative assessment
  • Helping students know where they are and where they are going
  • Grading based on data rather than points

Packed with benefits

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Collaborative

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Recorded sessions

Never miss a beat with available recordings (for 30 days)

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Certificates of completion

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(5) live virtual 120-min. sessions

Practical learning outcomes

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$480

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(5) live virtual 120-min. sessions

Practical learning outcomes

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$465

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Practical learning outcomes

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Frequently asked questions

What is Building your Thinking Classroom — and how can it help?

Dr. Peter Liljedahl is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and author of the best-selling book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics (Grades K-12): 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning. In this five-session virtual cohort, Liljedahl shows you (and/or your instructional team) how to create an ideal setting for processing mathematics and other academic disciplines by “meeting learners where they’re at” and promoting the practice of thinking as opposed to activity, or memorization in classrooms. Learn what pieces make up a Thinking Classroom, master ways to engage students in the practice of thinking and get actionable strategies to launch and sustain Thinking Classrooms in your schools, with help from Liljedahl’s proven, research-backed method.

Why do this as part of a cohort?

The RocketPD cohort experience is designed to give school district leaders an actionable, affordable and convenient way to facilitate difficult but necessary strategic conversations and initiatives at a time when schools and school communities face both intense initiative fatigue and competing distractions. Districts can register select members of their building or central-office teams for open cohorts.

What’s included in this program?

Delivered over five weeks, the program includes (5) scheduled structured learning conversations, delivered virtually over Zoom. Plus, password-protected access to the RocketPD Learning Portal, where participants can access the recordings for a limited time during the cohort experience.

Who should participate?

Building your Thinking Classroom is an (5)-session (120 minutes each) collaborative professional-learning experience for classroom teachers, instructional coaches and other instructional leaders. Participants will emerge with practical and proven strategies to integrate integrate Dr. Peter Liljedahl’s research-backed approach to building Thinking Classrooms in their schools and/or school districts.

How will this help my team?

The RocketPD cohort experience provides a unique opportunity for school district leadership and their staff teams to have candid conversations with a nationally recognized educator and best-selling author on the subject of Thinking Classrooms in mathematics and other academic disciplines. Unlike one-off seminars and keynote speeches, the cohort provides a clear opportunity for sustained development and the basis for a framework that teachers and other school leaders can use to create stronger, more supportive environments for improved student outcomes.

What is the schedule?

This (5)-session cohort-based experience will take place between October and November 2024. You can view the the full schedule, including dates and times in The Schedule section above. If you want to participate in this cohort, but the dates and times do not work for your schedule, keep in mind that, while live participation is always encouraged, the sessions are recorded and accessible via the RocketPD Learning Portal for a limited time. If you have a large team (10 or more), and the schedule dates and times do not work for you entire team, reach out using the form below to inquire about the formation of a custom cohort for your district.

Can I register if I am not a math instructor or coach?

Yes. While Peter’s book has Mathematics in the title, the research-backed Thinking Classrooms model and approach can be applied other disciplines. There may be mentions of math classrooms in some of the examples and content, in places, but teachers and instructional coaches in other disciplines can still use and apply the framework in their classrooms.

How can I participate?

If you’re interested in joining the Building your Thinking Classroom cohort, save your spot now by following the button on this page. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about the program, including payment and invoicing details. You’ll also receive a detailed follow-up email with information about your cohort, including scheduled session dates and times. Should you have questions at any time throughout the process, you’ll receive the phone and email of our project coordinator to ensure a positive experience.

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