2019 Future Teacher Workshop
Presenter Profiles and Session Outlines

Three-Act Tasks – Julie Yurko

Come join in and learn about Three-Act Tasks. A Three-Act Task is a classroom routine with three distinct parts: 1) An engaging and perplexing hook, 2) Questioning, seeking information, estimating, and solution getting, 3) A solution discussion and final payoff. You won’t want to miss this engaging and entertaining session!

Julie Yurko is a K-12 Math Instructional Coach in the Fort Madison School District. She has 27 years of math education experience, teaching High School and Middle School math before moving into the role of Instructional Coach. Julie is also on the ICTM Board, serving as the Great Prairie Regional Director, and the Co-Chair of the ICTM Annual Conference. When she is not working, you might find her hiking, quilting, or rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.


Fractions – Lori Mueller

Just the word fractions is scary to many people. Join me to find out why fractions are not scary and how we can help kids discover that fractions are fun by engaging in conceptual experiences that help us to make sense of fractions.

Lori Mueller is a Math Consultant for Great Prairie AEA. She works with teachers across her region with the goal of helping them to deeply understand the mathematics that they teach so that their students will love mathematics. Lori is also on the ICTM Board, serving as President-Elect. In her free time you will find Lori curled up on her couch reading a novel, or spending time with her family.


Geogebra — Tim Brzezinski

Tim Brzezinski is a full time Independent Mathematics Education Consultant, Mathematics Teacher, and Accredited GeoGebra Trainer and Author (Brzezinski Math).  He is a former full time High School Mathematics Teacher (Berlin High School, CT) w/15 years experience (2002 - 2017) and part time Mathematics Instructor (Central Connecticut State University) w/15 years experience (2002 - 2017).   

Mr. Brzezinski facilitates active and engaging GeoGebra professional development workshops for Mathematics Teachers and Administrators worldwide.  In these workshops, he demonstrates how GeoGebra can serve as an powerful platform that effectively fosters active, student-centered, and differentiated discovery-based learning, meaningful remediation, and ongoing formative assessment.  Mr. Brzezinski also continues to author interactive GeoGebra resources for Mathematics Teachers worldwide.  He also creates interactive GeoGebra content for publishers and other ed-tech companies seeking to accompany their curricula with such material. 

 Tim is also a non-professional magician and enjoys spending lots of time with his wife and their three young energetic children.  

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