Exhibitor Workshop

Concurrent

Teaching with a Twist: Using Rubik’s Cubes in the Gifted Classroom

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 217 D

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Learning to solve a Rubik's Cube creates the productive struggle needed to challenge gifted students. While twisting and turning the Rubik’s Cube, students develop critical thinking, problem solving, and visualization skills. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use Rubik’s Cubes in their classrooms as an enrichment activity, as math manipulatives, and to reinforce important 21st Century skills. Session participants will also receive information on ways to get low-cost and free materials and curriculum to bring Rubik’s Cubes into their classrooms or after school programs.

Diana Gettman Flores

USA: West Lead
You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube

Diana Gettman Flores has taught as a gifted specialist and self-contained classroom teacher for highly and profoundly gifted students for 11 years in Phoenix, Arizona. She has served as a team coach, mentor, and judge for FIRST robotics competitions in Arizona. She has taught students to solve the Rubik’s Cube in after school and summer programs in the Paradise Valley School District (Arizona) and at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, Maine. Currently, Diana works with teachers around the country, helping them learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube and to integrate it into their math lessons or to reinforce 21st Century Skills. Diana has also worked in curriculum development, video production, and was a nominee for the presidential award for excellence in math and science education in 2011.

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