Institute for Educational Development


The Falls Event Center
21 Front Street
Manchester, NH, 03102

December 2, 2021

$279.00 per person

Making Best Use of DESMOS to Strengthen Your MATH Instruction (Grades 6-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Joe Pfalzer

Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher and Desmos Presenter

Specifically Designed for Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers; Teachers of General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, Statistics; Math Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators

  • Dozens of practical strategies for best utilizing FREE Desmos to strengthen your secondary Math students’ engagement and learning
  • How to make best use of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder to greatly enhance your grades 6-12 math instruction
  • Explore highly practical ways you can use Desmos on Chromebooks, computers, iPads, and mobile devices to increase your students’ success
  • Receive an extensive Desmos resource handbook and special online
  • access so you can immediately link to the resources presented in this seminar

Practical Strategies

This outstanding, NEW seminar is specifically designed for secondary mathematics educators who want to make best use of the FREE Desmos calculator and Desmos Activity Builder lessons to greatly enhance mathematics learning and instruction.

Experienced secondary mathematics teacher JOE PFALZER will share practical, effective ways to use Desmos to build strong conceptual understanding and increase student success in math. Enable students to deepen learning by constructing their own mathematical understanding. Increase students’ confidence in their mathematical abilities and when faced with new concepts or challenging questions. Discover how Desmos online calculator is much more than just a replacement for a handheld device. Learn how to help students become mathematicians with Desmos – to conjecture, test ideas, notice and wonder productively learn from mistakes, make connections between algebraic and graphical representations, and much more!

Whether you are new to using Desmos, an experienced user or anywhere in between, you will leave this seminar with numerous practical ideas you can immediately implement to greatly enhance your math instruction.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Math Instruction and Formative Assessments
    What every grade 6-12 Math teacher needs to know about fully tapping into Desmos and Desmos Activity Builder to strengthen Math instruction … Discover which Desmos activities double as assessment tools quickly identifying students’ misconceptions
  2. Generate Excitement and Increase Student Motivation
    Explore high interest, practical Desmos activities that spark students’ curiosity and strengthen their perseverance in problem solving
  3. Quickly Adapt Premade Desmos Lessons or Create Your Own
    Save time and incorporate or quickly adapt premade Desmos lessons perfect for your math students … Learn the keys to building outstanding Desmos lessons and how to easily create your own
  4. Utilize the Newest Features of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder
    Desmos is constantly improving and adding features in response to teacher feedback … Leverage the newest features of Desmos, perfect for your grades 6-12 math instruction
  5. Differentiate Instruction and Help Students Move from Concrete to Abstract
    Incorporate activities that strengthen concept building by allowing students to advance when they are ready … Discover ways to challenge and engage highly capable students so you can focus more on the students who need you most
  6. Essential Desmos Features to Help Students to Explore Mathematical Ideas
    Discover and create dynamic tables, graphs and sliders students can use to make predictions, notice patterns, revise conjectures, construct understanding, and more!
  7. Use Desmos to Help Students Adopt a Growth Mindset
    Enable students to adopt a growth mindset by using activities that allow all students to access the mathematics … Explore ways to help students refine their thinking before formalizing the math concepts they are learning
  8. Strengthen Students’ Mathematical Vocabulary and Written Expression
    Key lessons to develop students’ accuracy in mathematical communication … Help your students refine their explanations based on feedback they see in a Desmos Activity Builder lesson
  9. The Best Desmos Tips and Shortcuts to Streamline Your Instruction
    Explore timesaving shortcuts to make your instruction more productive … Practical ways to make demonstrations faster and easily save your work from one class to the next
  10. Receive an Extensive Desmos Resource Handbook with Special Online Access to Additional Resources
    You will receive a resource handbook packed with ideas, suggestions and instructions for using Desmos to enhance your math instruction as well as access to Joe’s math website with even more resources

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for making best use of Desmos Calculator and Activity Builder to enhance instruction and student engagement in your math classroom
  • Premade Desmos Activity Builder lessons you can instantly incorporate or easily adapt to enhance your mathematics instruction
  • Activities that move students from concrete to algebraic thinking and encourage them to predict, test and analyze their thinking throughout the process
  • Use the snapshots, summary and teacher tabs to build conceptual understanding, promote investigative approaches, and help students make connections between multiple representations as they view and asses the validity of each other’s strategies.
  • How to help students test conjectures and investigate mathematical relationships by giving all students access to the mathematics
  • Ways to find, curate and share collections of Desmos activities with your colleagues
  • Numerous ideas and lessons to fully engage your math students in productive, collaborative learning
  • Classroom-tested Activity Builder lessons designed to increase your students’ growth mindset for learning mathematics
  • Ways to use Desmos in a single and multi-device environment, including Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, and mobile devices
  • Strategies for maximizing student learning with the teacher dashboard including formal assessment, pacing, anonymizing and pausing within a lesson
  • Explore multiple calculator features including tables, graphs, sliders, geometry, polar, parametric, lists, statistics, derivatives, and more!
  • Valuable tips, shortcuts and ideas for organizing and sequencing learning to maximize instructional time

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

“We must be guardians of a space that allows students to breathe and be curious and explore the world and be who they are without suffocation.” ~Brene Brown

Much like you, I believe every child can succeed in mathematics. With the right tools, strategies, and support we can provide high quality, equitable instruction for every student. We all know that students who are given the space to be curious are our most engaged and productive learners. Desmos is the perfect tool to unleash curiosity, increase engagement and strengthen mathematical understanding in ALL of our students.

Using my extensive experience as a secondary math teacher and daily use of Desmos, I have specifically designed this seminar to share with you how to make best use of FREE Desmos to greatly enhance your math instruction. My goal is to show you just how easy it is to harness the power of Desmos and Desmos Activity Builder lessons to help your students make and test conjectures, link multiple representations, draw connections between different concepts, take intellectual risks, learn from errors, use informal understanding to build formal conceptual understanding, and much more! You will be amazed as you watch your students’ confidence, interest and enthusiasm for learning math grows.

Join me for a day filled with practical ways to make best use of Desmos to strengthen your math instruction. Increase engagement and get your students to take a more active role in their math learning. Discover how to use Desmos to answer students’ “what if” questions and reinforce the relationships between algebraic and graphical representations. Explore Desmos Activity Builder from the student perspective and how to maximize student learning and your opportunities for assessment from the teacher dashboard. Easily build your own lessons and explore a host of pre-made Activity Builder lessons you can immediately incorporate or quickly adapt. Since Desmos is constantly changing we’ll explore the latest new features and updates! Plus, you will receive my Desmos handbook as well as access to my website – two powerful tools packed with practical resources and instructions for you to use right away!

Whether you are brand new to Desmos, an experienced user or anywhere in between, this day is for you! If you have one or many Chromebooks, laptops, iPads, or computers I want to show you how you can make the most of Desmos to strengthen your instruction and your students’ learning in mathematics.

Joe Pfalzer

P.S. I have personally witnessed how Desmos can transform math learning. I can’t wait to show you how! I look forward to meeting you at my next seminar!

Who Should Attend

Grades 6-12 Mathematics Teachers; Teachers of General Math, Algebra, Geometry, Pre Calculus, Calculus, Statistics; Math Curriculum Coordinators and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Step-by-step guides for using Desmos to build strong conceptual understanding with your students
    • Screenshots to highlight various aspects of the teacher dashboard with practical suggestions for using them to maximize student learning
    • Suggested ways to use Desmos to teach concepts ranging from pre-algebra through calculus and statistics
    • A reference list for specific calculator syntax
    • Links to collections of activities that span secondary grade levels and courses

    Registrants will also receive a printed copy of the resource handbook as long as their registration is received in the IED office at least 15 calendar days before the event.

  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in making best use of DESMOS to strengthen MATH instruction.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Joe Pfalzer will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own 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.