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6:00 am – 12:30 pm

December 9, 2022

$279.00 per person

Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications (Grades 10-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Robert Gerver

Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching

Specifically Designed for all Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Chairs, Math Interventionists, and Administrators Working with Students in Grades 10-12

  • An alternative, advanced algebra-based full-year course option for struggling students who may not be mathematically ready for Algebra 2 and/or precalculus
  • Effective ways to incorporate algebra, geometry, trigonometry, graphing, probability, and statistics into units driven by financial concepts
  • How to strengthen skills and self-confidence to increase the mathematical readiness, skill set, and mindset needed for tackling current and future math courses
  • A comprehensive classroom-tested curriculum designed to motivate, engage, and raise the bar for struggling math students

Practical Strategies

Raising the ability and confidence level of your high school math students requires a re-thinking of the traditional math “one-size-fits-all” sequence of courses. Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications offers grades 10-12 students an alternative pathway and opportunity to view the world of finance through a mathematical lens. The course addresses mathematics topics from Algebra 2, statistics, probability, geometry, graphing, trigonometry and precalculus as they are used in Discretionary Expenses, Banking, Investing, Credit, Employment and Income Taxes, Automobile Ownership, Independent Living, and Household Budgeting. The mathematics topics contained in this course are introduced, developed, and applied assuming an Algebra 1 prerequisite only, in an asneeded format in the financial settings covered. In this seminar ROBERT GERVER, an award-winning, experienced math teacher, and co-author of a Financial Algebra textbook, will present practical, essential elements of a full-year mathematics course option well suited for students who struggle. Join Rob for a dynamic, engaging, and enlightening day designed to help you create or enhance your own Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications program to help your struggling students succeed in mathematics!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Boost the Success of Your Struggling Students with a Proven Course Option
    Motivate students to learn advanced algebra through the engaging power of studying income taxes, auto insurance, banking, credit cards, mortgages, budgeting, employment, and investing … Explore a comprehensive, field-tested program that has helped thousands of struggling math students across the nation
  2. Enhance Student Appreciation for the Utility of High School Mathematics
    Show students firsthand how algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, graphing, and trigonometry can help them make more prudent financial decisions as an adult … Help students “tap” and apply their math learning to real-world financial situations
  3. Spiral Previously Learned Concepts So They Are Not Forgotten
    Explore activities, projects and exercises that repeatedly employ skills from earlier lessons … Help students improve retention of skills, and apply them and sharpen them through frequent practice
  4. Use Appropriate Technology and Real-Life Data to Solve Relevant Problems
    Equip your students with the graphing calculator and software, spreadsheet strategies, and procedures needed for solving financial problems … Help students use number sense to judge calculator output considering specific financial situations
  5. Build Your Struggling Students’ Confidence with Math
    Help students who have fallen behind to improve their outlook on how mathematics can enrich their financial lives … Reinforce and strengthen mathematical concepts that can help them make better financial decisions and save money
  6. Use Mathematics to Model Financial Situations
    Explore how algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, graphing, and trigonometry can be used to quantitatively analyze financial scenarios … Help students create spreadsheets using algebraic expressions to solve problems
  7. Develop Problem-Solving Skills Through Problem Posing
    Help students better read, solve problems, and write solutions … Discover the power of giving students a “What’s Your Problem” activity where they start with a solution to a problem and must create a problem with that specific solution
  8. Simplify Multi-Step Problems into Component Parts
    Enable students to break down problems into sequential steps so they can approach multi-step problems with greater confidence and success
  9. Explore a Wealth of Activities, Approaches, and Strategies
    Develop your students’ financial dexterity by exposing them to hundreds of realworld finance problems … Discover an abundance of free, online financial algebra resources available to help teachers with lesson planning
  10. Receive an Extensive Financial Algebra Digital Resource Handbook
    You will receive a comprehensive digital resource handbook packed with strategies, activities, projects, exercises, and dozens of suggestions for creating and enhancing an Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications course in your school … Plus, you’ll receive access to an electronic version you can edit to easily customize the activities

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • A field-tested, revised, and proven curriculum that has helped thousands of students acquire financial skills while experiencing success in math
  • Essential questions that help students understand how finance concepts and math skills are woven together in each lesson
  • Age-appropriate, high interest financial topics that drive each unit increase motivation and engagement, as students realize they need to know this material
  • “Reality Check” projects allow students to gain real-world financial information while working with local businesses or researching a relevant financial issue of interest to them
  • Finance-related quotes that trigger class discussions bring passion, comments, opinions and inquisitiveness to your math class, while often adding some levity and enjoyment to the beginning of a lesson
  • The Discretionary Expenses unit addresses spending and saving habits of teenagers, and has immediate relevance for all students
  • The Automobile Ownership unit covers car purchases, car loans, purchasing insurance, and the responsibility of auto ownership, topics of great interest to many high school students
  • Units in banking, credit, employment, and income taxes help students with their first jobs and paychecks, and those planning for college and trade school expenses
  • Units in home ownership, budgeting, investing, and retirement prepare students to manage essential financial components for their future
  • “What’s the Problem” problem posing activities help students improve problem solving skills by requiring careful scrutiny of a given solution
  • “You Write the Story” gives students practice interpreting non-routine graphs they will encounter in online and print financial material
  • “Extend Your Understanding” problems give students a chance to try a problem that requires them to create a new strategy on their own based on a skill they have already mastered
  • Hundreds of instructional activities, projects, and applications to connect with your most reluctant strugglers, allowing them to see the usefulness of mathematics

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

My first-ever teaching assignment was four sections of a Math for Daily Living class designed for struggling students. Since then, I’ve had a passion for helping students who struggle with mathematics and have created several finance-related curricula designed specifically to meet their needs. Early in my career, I made a concerted effort to help them build confidence, stronger skills, and an increased appreciation for mathematics. I noticed that these students were keenly interested in the finances that would affect them as adults, and I used this interest to engage them. They knew that they needed to understand finance to make prudent decisions about their careers, spending and saving.

Over the years, as state curriculum mandates and graduation requirements increased, the finance course was revised to include a larger cross-section of math topics, and schools across the country implemented it as a course alternative for juniors and seniors. High school was a teacher’s last chance to get struggling math students to appreciate the utility of mathematics, and actually enjoy a math class! To this end, the Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications course became a tremendous success. Many states are now enacting a finance course requirement for graduation, finally realizing that everyone needs to know this material!

As a frequent speaker at state, regional and national math conferences for many years, I have met countless teachers who adopted this finance program in their own classrooms and came back to my sessions excitedly in subsequent years to tell me about their successes. I also consult with school districts that offer a Financial Algebra course and do frequent teacher training sessions on the program.

Whether you are creating or enhancing an existing Financial Algebra course, it is my pleasure to share this curriculum’s ideas and approaches with you to help you foster the success of your struggling high school math students. I am excited about the potential of Financial Algebra to significantly enhance your students’ experience, enjoyment, and success with math.

Robert Gerver

P.S. Your students will enjoy taking a Financial Algebra course, and you will enjoy teaching it! Everyone will benefit from the wealth of relevant, useful information, and I look forward to sharing this course with you!

Who Should Attend

Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Chairs, Math Interventionists, and Administrators Working with Students in Grades 10-12

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • A curriculum outline for creating or enhancing a full-year, one credit Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications course in your school
    • Ideas for “making the case” that educators can use to create a course proposal for administrators, guidance departments, and school boards
    • Resources and templates for projects for every unit in the program, and suggestions for project assignments and extra credit use
    • Suggestions for using technology – graphing calculators, spreadsheets, and free, online graphing software
    • Examples of how sample tests incorporate financial vocabulary short answer questions in fill-in, multiple choice, matching, and true/false formats
    • Examples of how sample tests incorporate financial vocabulary short answer questions in fill-in, multiple choice, matching, and true/false formats
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other educators interested in creating or enhancing an Advanced Algebra with Financial Applications course.
  3. Consultation Available
    Robert Gerver will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own high school math program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.