Wabash Valley Education Center

PD Pop: ~Rich Mathematical Problems and Tasks (6-12) - Presented by Bill Reed

Are you using mathematically rich problems and tasks regularly in your math classes? Do you know what makes a math problem or task mathematically rich? How often should you be using mathematically rich problems and tasks in your math classroom? Mathematics MUST be taught in context to prevent learning math as a set of rules to be memorized (and soon forgotten.) Mathematically rich problems along with asking good thinking questions help students understand and master the concepts that are being taught.? These skills are also proven to increase scores on standardized assessments, like the SAT, ACT, and ILEARN. Students learn by doing. We will define and explore how mathematically rich problems and asking good thinking questions bring an elevated level of thinking and doing math for students. Teachers will be given resources to find and write their own mathematically rich problems and good purposeful thinking questions. This session will be recorded and available to registrants for 2 months after the live session.



Bill is a licensed Secondary Math Teacher who has taught at every level from 7th grade through Calculus at the community college level.  He was a classroom teacher for 30+ years in a combination of both Indiana and California. Bill has been a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science State Finalist in both California and Indiana. After retiring from classroom teaching, he was the Secondary Math Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education and then a Regional Director for the Indiana GEAR UP Grant at Purdue University before joining the INcompassing Education team in 2021. He has developed and promotes parental, community, and technology involvement to improve student’s understanding and abilities in math. He enjoys working with others to make mathematics education fun, exciting, and enjoyable not having the negative connotation it usually receives.


Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Eastern Time

Location: Virtual

PGP Points Awarded: 1


Cost: $50/Service Center Member or $100/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This session is WVEC Title 4 Eligible


*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below


Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 10/10/2023 11:45 AM EST

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Wabash Valley Education Center
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West Lafayette, IN 47906