Professional Development and Workshops

Get your professional development game plan rolling with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks! Whether you're looking for an enthusiastic presenter at your next professional development conference or to invite a Box Cars consultant into your classroom, we're ready to deliver the instruction and resources that suit you best.

Curious about what people have to say about our Box Cars workshops and consultants? We've travelled all over Canada and the United States and taught all kinds of students and professionals. What can we do for you?

The information on this page should give you a rough idea of what Box Cars can bring to your area. If you'd like to book one of our workshops, or if you have an idea for something custom-tailored to the needs of your students or teachers, contact us. Some districts are having us train key personnel at each school to conduct three types of Family Math Nights. We call it "Train Your Trainers"! We also have information available on obtaining government funding for workshops.

If you've recently been to one of our workshops and are looking for extra handouts or reproducibles, you can find them here.

Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks workshops are Sole Source and are only done by consultants who have had extensive experience with the Box Cars And One-Eyed Jacks resources and strategies and have received intensive training directly from the authors.

Overview

Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks workshops focus on using games as a teaching strategy and are designed for Kindergarten to middle school students and their teachers:

All resources and strategies used in our workshops support N.C.T.M., state and provincial standards. They are correlated to the Common Core Curriculum, as well as for use in regular, Title 1, special ed/R.T.I. and after-school programs.

All workshops are taught and led by practising teachers, coaches and administrators who use games as a teaching strategy.

Our workshops have been funded by grants such as Title 1 and 21st Century After School and sponsorship from parents and local businesses. Schools are welcome to combine and share a workshop date to save money!

Speaking Fees and Materials

Speaking Fees

Speaking fees range from $1,500 to $2,500 per day, plus expenses.

Expenses include when applicable: airfare, hotels, meals, ground transportation and cost of reproducibles.

Materials

Choose any combination of our products for each participant to receive. Include those products in the price of your workshop at a discount.

Any of our books, dice, cards and kits can be included.

Our Most Popular Math Workshop Topics

PRIMARY MATH GAMES WORKSHOP
Focus: Pre-Primary & Kindergarten - Grade 3

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day or Two-Day Workshop
Available as a 3 hour workshop, or combined with other topics as a full-day workshop.

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your primary students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives. Concepts covered include:
- Counting, Comparing Numbers, and One-to-One Correspondence,
- Operations including strategies for developing fact fluency with understanding,
- Number and Operations in Base Ten,
- Understand Place Value Concepts to 1,000's,
- Representing and Interpreting Data with Charts and Graphs.

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practicial ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Pre-kindergarten to Grade 2/3 teachers, teacher assistants, special education staff, afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators and, math coaches.


UPPER ELEMENTARY MATH GAMES WORKSHOP
Focus: Grade 3 - Grade 6

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day or Two-Day Workshop
Available as a 3 hour workshop, or combined with other topics for a full-day workshop.

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with keymath concepts? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, numberlines, fraction manipulatives, dominoes and other easily found math manipulatives. Concepts covered include:
- Understanding Place Value Sstem including Whole Numbers and Decimals,
- Fractions, Decimals and Percent, including Operations with Fractions,
- Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Multi-Digit Operations,
- Fact Fluency Intervention (Basic Facts),
- Statistics, Data Management adn Organization of Data.

Through the workshop, participants will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop math journal extensions, maximize math talk, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementatoin of games as a teaching strategy. Ideas for developing weekly lesson plans, and samples will be shared. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Grade 3 to 5/6 teachrs, teacher assistants, special education staff, after school programs staff, curriculum coordinators and, math coaches.


MIDDLE YEARS MATH GAMES WORKSHOP
Focus: Grades 5 to 9

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day
Available as a 3 hour workshop, or combine with topics for a full-day workshop.

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your middle years students gain confidence and competence with key math concepts? Come prepared to play math games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided dice, number lines, fraction manipulatives and other easily found math manipulatives. Concepts covered include:
- Beginning Algebra and Linear Equations,
- Fractions, Decimals and Percent,
- Mixed Operations/Order of Operations,
- Integers,
- Statistics, Data Management, Organization of Data, Analysis and Inference.

Throughout the workshop participants will have the opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develp math journal extensions, maximize math talk, integrate problem solving strategies and, how to use game actvities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practical ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Ideas for developing weekly lesson plans and samples will be shared. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Grade 5/6 to Grade 8/9 teachers, Special Education and High School Special Education teachers, teacher assistants, after school programs staff, curriculum coordinators and, math coaches.

"TRAIN YOUR TRAINERS" WORKSHOP
Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day Workshop

Participants learn how to present three types of Family Math Nights for their schools. Districts typically have a participant from each of their schools attend the workshop and learn how to present Family Math Nights at their own schools, cultivating the home and school connection.

Our Most Popular Literacy Workshop Topics

PRIMARY LITERACY GAMES WORKSHOP
Focus: Kindergarten to Grade 2

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day or Two-Day Workshop
Available as a 3 hour workshop, or combined with other topics as a full-day workshop.

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your primary students gain confidence and competence with key reading, writing and comprehension concepts? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, alphabet dice, lettertiles and, other easily found literacy manipulatives. Concepts covered include:
- Letter recognition (uppercase and lowercase),
- Phonics and Word Families,
- Sight Words,
- Beginning Reading and Writing strategies.

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practicial ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Pre-kindergarten to Grade 2/3 teachers, teacher assistants, special education staff, afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators and, instructional coaches.


UPPER ELEMENTARY LITERACY GAMES WORKSHOP
Focus: Grade 3 - Grade 6

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day Workshop
Available as a 3 hour workshop, or combined with other topics for a full-day workshop.

Are you looking for engaging and effective ways to help your upper elementary students gain confidence and competence with key reading, writing and comprehension concepts? Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, alphabet dice, lettertiles and, other easily found literacy manipulatives. Concepts covered include:
- Review of Phonics, Word Families and, Sight Words,
- Reading and Writing strategies,
- Intervention strategies,
- Effective use of Adjectives and Adverbs,
- Parts of Speech,
- Questioning strategies.

Throughout the workshop participants will have opportunity to play each game, learn how to differentiate the activities, how to develop extensions, and how to use the game activities for assessment purposes. Student samples, gameboards, ideas for whole/small group instruction will be provided. Interspersed will be practicial ideas for classroom organization and management to ensure effective implementation of games as a teaching strategy. Participants will be able to implement what they learn the next day in their classrooms and schools.

Who Should Attend? Grade 2/3 to Grades 5/6 teachers, teacher assistants, special education staff, afterschool program staff, curriculum coordinators and, instructional coaches.

School Visits and Classroom Model Lessons

MODEL LESSONS IN THE CLASSROOMS
Focus: Model Lessons with students for teachers to observe.

Minimum Half Day, Ideally Full Day
Start with half day of Model Lessons, or combine with a half day workshop as a full-day of Professional Development.

Added onto many of our full day teacher workshops, the Box Cars authors and consultants can visit your school for the day and teach model lessons to your students. A timetable for the day is constructed with your input and we teach as many students and classes as possible. Teachers can have input into the concepts taught, and will get the chance to watch and observe management and teaching strategies. Teachrs learn right alongside of their students and experience first-hand how games in the classroom work. Ideas for immediate implementation, differentiating strategies and student talk (reasoning strategies) will all be seen and experienced with their own class of students.

Teachers will be provided with a Model Lesson Observation Guide and debriefing after the lesson and/or day.

Many school pair this type of workshop day with a Family Night Event. Finishing off a Box Cars Model Lesson Day with a Family or Parent event is great way to build continuity throuout your school community. MODEL LESSONS can be provided from Kindergarten though Middle Years classrooms.


BOX CARS FAMILY OR PARENT NIGHTS
(Math or Literacy)
1 - 2 hours

Math or Literacy Games Nights - Primary or Elementary OR All Elementary, Middle Years

Parents and students come together to play a wide variety of math or literacy games from the award-winning Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks series. Using cards, dice and, other manipulatives, families will play games to review and strengthen basic concepts in either Math or Literacy. Our team will provide proven ideas and strategies for learning the operations, fact fluency strategies, place value etc for Math, OR, phonics, sight words, questioning strategies, basic reading/writing strategies for Literacy. Playing together builds success and self-esteem for students while making it easy for parents to provide support and encouragement in the home setting.

Regardless of the format, our team will bring enough supplies to ensue a succussful event, provide door prizes and, the expertise to help your school community improve math or literacy at home and in the school setting.

Phone to plan your event. We provide a variety of formats to choose from, help you with advertising and planning details. Click here for family resources that can also be purchased with grants to have families take away from the event for use in their homes.

NOTE: Some schools opt to do a Parent Only Format - no problem, whichever format is chosen, we will still provide an engaging fun event that willhelp parents work with their children.

21st Century (Title 1) grants are great sources of funding to provide this type of workshop.

Specialized Topics

If you are looking for great workshops that you want for a district professional development day, or to arrange a rotational session event day (EXAMPLE three short 90 minute sessions), you might want to consider these sessions. Most are integrated into our full or multiple day workshops, but can stand on their own as great Mini Sessions.

OH THE MATH THAT THEY'LL KNOW!
Focus: Early Primary Staff (ELL, Special Education, Teacher Assistants, After School Programs)

Finally!!! A tailor made workshop for the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten levels. Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of cards, dice, and multi-sided dic that teach the following early childhood concepts: counting to 5, 10, 20 and beyond, comparing numbers as greater or less than, odd/even, counting on from a given number, patterns,doubles and more. Ideas for developing Math Talk, journal drawing/writing and response activities will be shared throughout the workshop. Participants will learn how to creat math stations, use student response for assessment purposes and how to extend the games and activities to the home. Come prepared to play.


CONNECTING THE DOTS DOMINO MATH GAMES (PRIMARY)
Focus: Domino Math Games for Primary Aged Students

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double 6 dominoes that tech the following concepts: numeration/number sense, subitizing, basic operations, place value, graphing and more. This manipulative is easy to use and integrate into your program and the games are appealing for all learners to use. Gameboards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas, and time-saving management tips will be shared. Games are great for regular, after school, special education programs and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.


LINKING THE LEARNING DOMINO MATH GAMES (UPPER ELEMENTARY)
Focus: Domino Math Games for Upper Elementary Students

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double 6 dominoes that teache the following concepts: all operations including multi-digit work, fractions, place value including decimals, data management and organization of data. This manipulative can be easily integrated into your math program and the games are appealing to all learners. Gameboards, journal writing extensions, differentiating ideas and time-saving management tips will be shared. Games are great for regular, after school and, special education programs and are perfect for sharing at family math nights.


DOUBLE DARE YOU - MATHGAMES USING DOUBLE DICE
Primary, Upper Elementary or Middle Years

Double dice are so popular with students of all grade leveles and teachers alike. Their uniqueness makes students want to use them over and over again. Come prepared to play some of our favorite Box Cars games that incorporate the use of these motivating manipulatives. We sue double regular, double 10-sided (0-9), double 12-sided (1-12) and, three-in-a-cube dice to teach the following concepts: all operations and fact fluency, place value, fractions, data management and organization of data, statistics and probability, order of operations. This workshop incorporates BEST Practices - we will show you how to extend the games into math journal writing, pull assessment pieces and how to provide math talk opportunities.


FRACTION GAMES AND STRATEGIES
Upper Elementary or Middle Years

This workshop can be a stand alone 1/2 day workshop for upper elementary teachers. Participants will play games and learn strategies that use cards, dice, fraction circles and number lines to help teach the following concepts: equivalency, common denominators, decimals, percent, operations with fractions, and more. Games will incorporate the use of engaging manipulatives that help students gain deep understanding of fraction concepts and will be tied to strategies to help students move from concrete understanding to abstract levels. Thorough lesson plans and teaching sequences will be shared. Gameboards will be provided.


GAMES FOR TEACHING PLACE VALUE (Primary)
Primary

Come prepared to play games that incrporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines. Games and strategies will focus on naming ones, tens, hundred, ordering numbers to 100's, 1,000's, comparing numbers greatest, least, between, beginning rounding strategies, using benchmarks on number lines, numer patterns on hundred boards, and more. Reproducible gameboards, student samples, math talk and journal writing extensions will be shared. Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities will be shared throughout the workshop.


GAMES FOR TEACHING PLACE VALUE (Upper Elementary)
Upper Elementary

Come prepared to play games that incrporate the use of cards, dice, multi-sided place value dice and number lines. Games and strategies will focus on naming, ordering and comparing large numbers, decimal concepts, rounding and expanding numbers, written and standard form, identifying place value, estimation and patterns. Reproducible gameboards, student samples, math talk and journal writing extensions will be shared. Ideas for working with this essential part of the curriculum and bringing concepts to life for students with engaging and fun activities will be shared throughout the workshop.


NUMBER LINE MATH FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY

Standard and open number lines are easy to find, versatile, and are great for teaching many concepts at the upper elementary level. Come prepared to play games and learn strategies for teaching the following concepts: simple division with remainders, operations using estimation, place value including rounding strategies, decimals to 100ths, adding and subtracting decimals, intrduction of integers, coordinate graphing and more. Reproducible gameboards, student samples, ideas for journal writing and assessment will be shared.


MIDDLE YEARS CATCH UP - BASIC GAMES FOR BASIC SKILLS
This workshop can be a quick 90 minute or 1/2 day session

Ideal for Special Education Teachers and Assistants at the Middle Years and High School Levels

Participants will play a variety of games using cards, dice and multi-sided dcie that help students learn and master basic math skills typically learned in earlier years, but for whatever reason,have not been. Topics covered include basic math facts, basic operations with multi-digit work, fact fluency and place value. The games are engaging and motivating, don't insult the learner and are easily differentiated to more closely address the individual needs of all students in your classroom. The games and strategies are designed to rebuild confidence and comptetence. Gameboards, student samples, ideas for differentiating activities and assessment will be shared throughout. Come prepared to play.


ACTIVE LEARNING - MATH AND LITERACY
Primary, Elementary or Middle School

This workshop offers strategies for teaching and reinforcing Math and Literacy concepts during Physical Education classes OR to bring a revitalizing jolt of physical activity into a classroom lesson. Just what the brain needs! The activities shared in this workshop require little to no preparation and are such that classroom teachers without phys-ed experience can feel comfortable teaching them. Concepts covered can include: numeration/number sense, place value, operations, phonics, spelling, word structure and more!