HEMS Seminars

The Herbst Family Foundation, created by Lee and Arthur Herbst, provides an endowment to CRR to provide Saturday workshops for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. These Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminars (HEMS) are taught by exemplary classroom teachers who present meaningful content and model excellent teaching strategies. Due to the genorosity of Lee and Arthur Herbst, stipends are paid to the teachers who participate.

Herbst Enrichment Mathematics Seminar (HEMS): Promoting Mathematical Understanding Through Visualization Tools

This workshop is the first of a two-part series intended for teachers in grades 7-11. Teachers from partnership schools/districts will receive a $50 stipend for participating in BOTH workshops (Second workshop on September 23, 2017).

Many students struggle with abstract concepts. Algebra tiles provide a concrete understanding of abstract ideas.  Algebra tiles can be used to develop an understanding with integers, combining like terms, balancing equations, distributive property, adding and subtracting polynomials, multiplying polynomials, factoring, and completing the square. In this session we will look at many of these ideas and work together to develop a list of questions needed to help students reach a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.


Sharon Newman has been teaching for 15 years.  She has taught 7th grade math, 8th grade math, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, algebra 3, and Pima Math 151. Her academic accomplishments include a BS in Mathematics, a MA in Special Education, and recently completed a MA in Mathematics Education. She believes all students are capable of learning, some just need more of a hands on approach that gets students to the "why" the math works and students need time to "play" and process the ideas to reach mastery.

Presenter:     Sharon Newman

Date:            Saturday - August 26, 2017 
Time:            8:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Registration through Google Form

This is the first of a two-part series. Teachers must participate in both sessions (stipends will only be provided to those who participate in both sessions).

We are very grateful for the continued guidance and support from Lee and Arthur Herbst.


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