Fawn Nguyen


Workshop Dates: December 8-9, 2017

Grades: 6-12

Known for: Visual Patterns, Math Talksblog

If there is a perfect mathematics curriculum out there, then no one has brought it to my attention. So, what options do we have? As a full-time practicing classroom teacher, I will share with you what I implement in my classroom that covers a range of “critical thinking demands” to invite all students into a mathematics curriculum that is relevant and challenging, one that values procedural skills as well as conceptual understanding. We will work with visual patterns to develop algebraic reasoning and engage in number talks to develop number sense and flexible thinking. We will experience productive struggle through rich and challenging tasks that support the Standards for Mathematical Practice. We will implement a curriculum that endeavors to make math social, one that values collaboration and encourages play and risk taking.

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Workshop Details

When: Friday and Saturday, December 8-9, 2017 from 8 am to 3 pm

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Anaheim/Garden Grove @ 11777 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Grade levels: 6 – 12

Parking is free and is available in front and behind the hotel.


About Fawn Nguyen

Fawn is a middle school math teacher at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California. She’s been a teacher since 1990. She was the 2014 Ventura County Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was awarded the Math Teacher Hero from Raytheon. In 2005, she was awarded the Sarah D. Barder Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

She blogs about her lessons and classroom teaching at fawnnguyen.com. Fawn authors two websites for teachers: visualpatterns.org and mathtalks.net. She is also one of the editors for mathblogging.org.

She is also part of the UC-Santa Barbara Mathematics Project leadership team and presents at workshops and retreats throughout the year. In 2012, she co-founded the Math Teachers’ Circle in Thousand Oaks, California. Fawn is serving a three-year term as a committee member of NCTM’s Professional Development Services Committee (PDSC) during 2015-2018.


University Credits

Workshop attendees may earn up to three Graduate Level Professional Development Credits from Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System.  You must register for EDIU 9007, Digging Deeper: Applying Learning Strategies.  Please check with your school or district to determine whether these credits are accepted.  Please note that these credits require additional fees and follow-up assignments.