13th Annual Math & Science Institute 

June 11-12-13, 2018

Sponsored by Metairie Park Country Day School

Morning Block - 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

List of 3 items.

  • Math/STEM in Motion (6-12 STEM)

    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.
  • Arithmetic for Every Age (all grades math)

    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.
  • Using Mathematics to Design Commercial Signs (6-12 math)

    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.

Afternoon Block - 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

List of 3 items.

  • Geometric Thinking (6-12 math)

    All grades, Afternoon Course Block
    Instructor: Dan Butler, Westminster School, Marietta, GA
    Integrate more geometric thinking into the mathematics you teach from Pre-algebra through Advanced Math courses.
  • Challenging all Students to Think Using Coding (all grades all subjects)

    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.
  • Simple Hands-on Activities and their Implications (9-12 math)

    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

Location: Science & Engineering Building

Personalizing Learning

Wednesday, June 13
Open Session 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: Science & Engineering Building

Build your Own Model Rocket

Monday, June 11
Open Session 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Science & Engineering Building

Build Models Rockets
See More STEAM Challenges

Tuesday, June 12
Open Session 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Science & Engineering Building

Join SpaceY team to Launch Rockets

Wednesday, June 13
Open Session 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Science & Engineering Building
  • Housing is available at the Hampton Inn Garden District. 
  • Rooms are $119 per night and include complementary parking and a daily breakfast. 


List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Andy Talmadge

    Dr. Andy Talmadge 

    Chair, Department of Applied Technology
    North Carolina State University - PhD
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte - BS
Math and Science teachers aren’t programmable they are professionals!