MSI Courses

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Morning Block - 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

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  • Connecting Math to the World Around Us (MS/US Math)

    Upper School Math, Morning Course Block
    Instructor: Ron Lancaster, Univ of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    Connecting Math to the World Around Us is a six-hour course designed to help teachers bring out the beauty and applicability of mathematics for their students. In this course you will put on a pair of mathematical glasses and view the world through a mathematical lens. You will model what we would like our students to do - to see mathematics everywhere and to appreciate its beauty and importance. You will learn how to create rich mathematical questions for students related to daily life; design; public art; architecture; images from Google Earth and newspaper articles.
  • Design Thinking in MS science and math (middle school)

    Middle School Science and Math, Morning Course Block
    Instructors: Becka Curry & Kate Turnbull, Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie, LA
    Design Thinking in MS science and math is a six hour course suitable for middle school science and mathematics teachers (especially those who are early in their teaching careers) who want to help their students learn through design thinking. Bring meaning back to your science and math curriculum by learning to empower your students as thinkers and designers of their own learning.

    Learn through hands-on activities, discussions, and problems that can be used in your own classroom.  
  • Powerful, Connected, Collaborative, Global, STEM Learning (upper elem)

    Morning Block, Upper Elementary Science
    Instructor: Brian Crosby, Regional STEM Learning Facilitator
    Nevada’s Northwest Regional Professional Development Program
    Powerful, Connected, Collaborative, Global, STEM Learning is a six-hour course designed to allow you to see how the power of STEM inquiry projects are leveraged when students are connected and collaborate globally.

    There are several Common Core State Standards that require students to utilize technology to collaborate starting in elementary school. This course will provide hands-on engineering lessons and phenomena - coupled with free or cheap collaborative online tools that promote sharing and analyzing data, explanations, global awareness and much more. Participants and their students will learn to collaborate and share through powerful writing, oral language, photography, math, art and other media. Online safety and ethics will be featured.
  • Probability and Stats in Middle School

    Middle School Math, Morning Course Block
    Instructor: Larry Ottman, Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA
    Probability and Statistics in Middle School is a six-hour course designed to help middle school math teachers better understand and teach ideas in probability and statistics.

    The common core has placed renewed emphasis on the often neglected areas of Probability and Statistics in the Middle Grades.  Simply doing problems about sock drawers is not going to help you or your students gain comfort and mastery with these concepts.  In this course you will work through a wide variety of hands-on, data driven activities and simulations, both high and low-tech, that will make you want to start with this unit next year, instead of saving it for last! 
  • Math Modeling (upper school)

    Upper School Math, Morning Course Block
    Instructor: Karen Bryant, St. Marks School in Southborough, MA
    Math Modeling is a six hour course suitable for upper school mathematics teachers who want to help their students see how mathematics can be applied to real world problems. You will learn how to engage your students to solve such problems as: 

    • How can you determine if a particular flight you want to book is going to be safe?
    • A young entrepreneur is going to set up a coffee cart on his college campus, where should he locate it?
    • Finding an efficient way to get all employees to their respective floors on time with only three elevators.

    Mathematical modeling is a “Standard for Mathematical Practice” of the Common Core, and is the answer to: When am I going to use this? Learn how to integrate modeling exercises into existing courses or create a course on mathematical modeling. During the course, participants will solve problems using the mathematical modeling cycle, examine models, and create their own modeling problem. In addition, we will discuss successful problems and grading rubrics for modeling exercises.
  • Its Algebra Time! (upper school)

    Upper School Math, Morning Course Block
    Instructor: Dan Butler, Moundsviewschools, Moundsview, MN
    Its Algebra Time! is a six-hour course designed to make you think deeply about the algebra that you teach and help you see your subject through rich and engaging tasks.

    Algebra is solving equations, graphing functions, and studying the mysterious X. But it is so much more. Algebra is thinking about the world around us and figuring out how to use mathematics to better understand this world. In this course we will use our Algebra skills to help us solve some real, and interesting problems. We will also try to look at some of our regular Algebra topics and find some ways to get a better understanding of how our algorithms work. We will explore Algebra using Geogebra, spreadsheets, calculators and anything else we can think of that might help. Come and join the fun!

Afternoon Block - 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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  • STEM: Hands-On, Minds-On, Creativity-On (MS/US)

    Middle School / Upper School Science, Afternoon Session
    Instructor: Brian Crosby, Regional STEM Learning Facilitator
    Nevada’s Northwest Regional Professional Development Program
    STEM: Hands-On, Minds-On, Creativity-On is a six-hour course designed to help teachers integrate powerful STEM learning with a focus on engaging, hands-on engineering lessons. Participants will not only experience the lessons firsthand, but also how to collect and analyze the rich data the lessons produce. Strong connections to science, language arts, technology, art, the Next Generation Science Standards and three dimensional learning will be included. Most lesson activities utilize easily obtained materials.
  • Dealing with Fractions (upper elem / middle school)

    Middle School Math, Afternoon Session
    Instructor: Ira Nirenberg, Ben Franklin HS, New Orleans, LA
    Fraction mathematics is one of the most challenging topics for middle school students. In fact, there is a substantial body of research that asserts that a poor understanding of fraction mathematics is the best indicator of a poor understanding of algebraic concepts. 

    In this six-hour course, designed for middle school teachers, we will address strategies in teaching fractions from the Fraction ThinkBook: Bridging the Fraction-Algebra Gap. The methods used are visual and conceptual and seek to build student comprehension and mathematical intuition rather than techniques that focus on memorization or rote learning. We’ll also take a look at a few challenging problems involving ratio, proportion, decimals and percentages.
  • Using Fun Statistical Simulations to Test Claims (MS/US Math)

    Upper School Math, Afternoon Course Block
    Instructor: Michael Huberty, Moundsville HS, Moundsville, MN
    Using Fun Statistical Simulations to Test Claims is a six-hour course desined to allow you to use simulation techniques to model and test hypothesis using the TinkerPlots software. Participants will be given the introductory statistics curriculum CATALST developed at the University of Minnesota. This curriculum is based on modeling to run randomization tests and bootstrapping, and the TinkerPlots software makes the process very visual. The curriculum can be used as a whole course, or parts of it can be used to supplement other statistics taught, including in an AP Statistics course.
  • STEM applications of exponents and logarithms (upper school math)

    Upper School Math, Afternoon Course Block
    Instructor: Ron Lancaster, Univ of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    STEM applications of exponents and logarithms is a six-hour course where you will begin by examining a number of surprising appearances of the powers of 2 such as in shuffles performed by magicians, the making of candy in South Korea and the poems of an award-winning Canadian poet. Then you will develop applications of exponents and logarithms related to STEM fields. These applications will engage students in Algebra 1 & 2 and Precalculus classes. The materials developed in this course will deepen your students' understanding of mathematics and strengthen their appreciation of the subject.
  • Becoming a Maker

    All grade levels, Afternoon Course Block
    Instructor: Jenna Deboisblanc, Isidore Newman, New Orleans, LA
    Becoming a Maker is a six-hour course designed to serve as an introduction to the maker movement.

    What is the maker movement?  What does it mean to be a maker?  How do I get started being part of this hands-on learning movement?  Take this course and immerse yourself for 3 days in making pedagogy and experience what it means to be a maker.
  • Just a Bunch of Good Geometry Labs (upper school)

    Upper School Math, Afternoon Course Block
    Instructor: Dan Butler, Moundsviewschools, Moundsview, MN
    Just a Bunch of Good Geometry Labs is a six-hour course that will help you bring some life to your teaching through rich and engaging tasks designed to allow students to become explorers and developers of their own understandings.

    By the time students get to precalculus, a great deal of their geometry know-how has gone the way of the slide rule. Let's bring some excitement back into geometry through great problems and great explorations, and rediscover how geometry lies at the heart of mathematics.

It's Not Rocket Science -- Oh wait, it is!

Wednesday, June 7
Open Session 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Boggs Center

27 = 4*6 + 3 -- Visual Math

Thursday, June 8
Open Session 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Boggs Center

Using History to Make Math & Science Come to Life

Friday, June 9
Open Session 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Boggs Center

Math Science Institute 2016

List of 3 events.

  • Jun
    7

    Math Science Institute

    The Summer Institute is an intensive 3-day program of technology-centered mathematics and science professional development delivered by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in mathematics and science education. You can join us by registering for our courses: you can participate in a morning course or an afternoon course, or both!
    Tulane University
  • Jun
    8

    Math Science Institute

    The Summer Institute is an intensive 3-day program of technology-centered mathematics and science professional development delivered by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in mathematics and science education. You can join us by registering for our courses: you can participate in a morning course or an afternoon course, or both!
    Tulane University
  • Jun
    9

    Math Science Institute

    The Summer Institute is an intensive 3-day program of technology-centered mathematics and science professional development delivered by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in mathematics and science education. You can join us by registering for our courses: you can participate in a morning course or an afternoon course, or both!
    Tulane University
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