Middle/Upper School STEM, Morning Course Block Instructors: Larry Ottman, Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown NJ
The TI-Innovator Rover, along with a graphing calculator allows students of all levels and ages to get up and moving with coding and robotics very quickly. In this session, teachers will participate in some impactful classroom-tested activities that combine programming with some meaningful, fun, and engaging mathematics content.
Middle/Upper School Math, Morning Course Block Instructor: Shelby Strong, Morris-Jeff Community School
Too often as teachers, we focus on what we are teaching this school year...and that's about it. We may look at standards from the previous year, but what about the year before that? How often do we critically look at what students are learning outside of our grade band? In this course designed for elementary and secondary math teachers, we will be looking at the Math Progression documents that led to the creation of the Common Core State Standards. We will specifically focus on how the foundation for arithmetic operations is laid as early as kindergarten, and the way these skills are developed and refined throughout a student's education. We will also be exploring some great activities and resources for problem-based learning that you can take back to your classroom.
Middle and Upper School Math, Morning Course Block Instructor: Ron Lancaster, Univ of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
In this workshop we will begin by examining signs like the ones shown below through a mathematical lens. We will move to the design stage where we will make models of our own signs that make use of geometrical symbols, colors and letters that are arranged along a line, circle or curve. We will finish with a gallery walk where we will view our products. The main focus will be on middle and high school mathematics, but teachers of all grades are welcome.
Middle School / Upper School Math & Science, Afternoon Session Instructors: Linda Lawrence & Andy Talmadge, Metairie Park Country Day School
In this course, we'll help you think about using coding to create learning opportunities for your students. You'll be exposed to coding, robotics, 3D printing, and creative thinking through play all while you develop your computational thinking abilities.
Middle and Upper School Math, Afternoon Course Block Instructor: Ira Nirenberg, Ben Franklin HS (ret), New Orleans, LA
It’s been said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results—ready to try something different? In this workshop, rather than beginning with definitions, formulas, and equations, we begin with hands-on activities that inspire those definitions, formulas, and equations. Let’s stop putting the cart before the horse. Most middle and high school mathematics begin with an abstraction—we write down a ratio, and then go through some kind of mathematical manipulation (perhaps we cross multiply) to arrive at an answer. We draw lines and begin talking about slope and intercept. We show students how to “solve” word problems. We give students formulas that appear out of the blue. How well have these approaches worked for you? If they haven’t been as effective as you’ve wished, and you’d like to bring back some classroom-ready activities, join us for something a bit different. Please bring a calculator!
Pi in the Subway
Monday, June 11
Open Session 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM led by Larry Ottman
Location: Science & Engineering Building
Make your Classroom more Challenging!
Tuesday, June 12
Open Session 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM led by Karen Bryant