Math Educator Appreciation Day by 68fxOejs


									                              Math Educator Appreciation Day
                                   Session Descriptions
                                     20 January 2007

Session:                 Mathematical Reasoning and Proof Using Games & Puzzles
Audience/Level:          General Interest
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Dr. Steve Willoughby, UA mathematics professor emeritus
Description:             Using games, puzzles and unusual theorems we can teach logical reasoning.

Session:                 Instant Assessment and Evaluation with TI-Navigator for Middle school
Audience/Level:          Grades 6-8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Laura Carbajal, Kino Junior High
Description:             TI-Navigator with TI-73 graphing calculators allows middle school student to
                         use instant assessment and evaluation with middle school activities for middle
                         school math. The system connects the teacher to every student’s calculator. We
                         will use the Screen Capture, Activity Center, Quick Poll, and Learn Check with
                         applications especially geared to middle school classrooms and students. Let’s
                         improve math achievement before students get incurable lost!

Session:                 Tessellations: The Geometric Art of Illusion
Audience/Level:          Grades 6-12, Geometry Teachers
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Stevie Mack, CRIZMAC Educational Materials
Description:             Artist M.C. Escher’s images are so intriguing—they entice us to look again and
                         again. Learn about the tessellations of Escher and explore the visual drama of
                         line, space, and repetition. Following a brief presentation, you will learn step-
                         by-step techniques to make three types of tessellations: translations, rotations,
                         and reflections. Leave prepared to enhance your math lessons with meaningful
                         hands-on activities.

Session:                 The Same Problem at Different Skill Levels
Audience/Level:          Grades 9-12
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Linda Dahlsgaard, Catalina Foothills High School-retired
Description:             Using the formula for the area of a circle, one problem is presented and then
                         made more difficult to challenge different skill levels of students as well as

Session:                 Get Moving With Algebra
Audience/Level:          Algebra Teachers, Middle and High School
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Jennifer North Morris, Consultant-Key Curriculum Press
Description:             We will use movement and data collection to make algebra come alive and get
                         students up out of their seats. Your students will be engaged and enthusiastic to
                         participate in these easy-to-do activities.

Session:                 Big Ideas: What Mathematics do Students Need to Know for College?
Audience/Level:          Any Math Teacher
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Deborah Hughes-Hallett, Harvard & UA Mathematics Departments
Description:             What are the big ideas of mathematics that students need to learn in middle and
                         high school to succeed in quantitative courses in college? Are algebraic
                         manipulations important? Why do so many majors require calculus? We will
                         look at how the big ideas of K-12 mathematics are used in different fields,
                         including engineering, biology, business, and the social sciences.

Session:                 Foldables in the Classroom
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Kathleen Caine; currently at UA, former MS & HS teacher
Description:             See and make several examples of “foldables” that I’ve used in the middle
                         school classroom. These engaging activities work for note-taking, assessment,
                         review and as mnemonic devices for many mathematical concepts. They are
                         particularly appropriate for English Language Learners working on academic
                         fluency. While many of my examples are geared toward the middle school
                         classroom, they can be adapted for other levels.

Session:                 Preparing for AIMS
Audience/Level:          Grades 9—12, algebra and geometry teachers
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Melissa Sinclair & Michael Good, Cienega High School
Description:             This presentation will help teachers identify ways they can help students prepare
                         for the math subtest of AIMS. These strategies work for sophomores as well as
                         for junior and senior students retaking after approaching or falling far below the
                         standard. Topics will include test-taking strategies, preparation weeks before,
                         days before, and the night before the test.

Session:                 Trig Labs and Activities
Audience/Level:          Grades 9—12
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Melissa Sinclair; Cienega High School
Description:             Have you ever wanted to do more hands-on activities in your upper-level math
                         classes? This presentation will give you handouts and information on specific
                         activities Trigonometry students love to do and learn with. Attendees will also
                         get to see some excellent websites for Trigonometry instruction.

Session:                 How Many Fish Are In the Lake?
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Matt Ondrus, UA Mathematics Department
Description:             There is a clever mathematical answer, commonly referred to as “Capture and
                         Recapture,” to the question of how a biologist might determine the number of
                         fish in a lake. This technique relies on mathematical ideas ranging from ratio
                         and proportion to probability. We will discuss the relevant mathematical ideas,
                         ideas for classroom implementation, limitations of this technique, and some of
                         the other real-life situations for which this idea is useful.
Session:                 C.S.I. Problem Solving
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—10, algebra teachers
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Catherine Parker & Allison Lemons; Calabasas Middle School
Description:             This is a problem-solving project giving students the opportunity to solve high-
                         interest problems with a wide variety of strategies. The students not only solve
                         the problems, but explain their solutions in an essay. They must consider
                         strategies used, reasonableness of answer, and proper use of mathematical
                         language. We will include sample problems, examples of student work, and a
                         rubric for scoring the projects.

Session:                 Effective Practices for African-American Students
Audience/Level:          General Interest
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Linda Fulmore; Mathematics and Equity Consultant
Description:             This session will present findings from a study of eighteen mathematics teachers
                         of African-American students. The findings will be supported by research with
                         implications for higher achievement for African-American and ALL students.

Session:                 Radicals and Factoring
Audience/Level:          Algebra Teachers
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Darla Aguilar; Pima Community College
Description:             We will use a hands-on and semi-concrete method to teach simplification of
                         radicals. We will also explore factoring using three different methods:
                         Fractions, Tic-Tac-Toe, Scissors

Session:                 ***Getting to Know You, Getting to Really Like You….
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Judi Breault & Jennifer Gould, St. Michael’s School
Description:             This presentation will be a workshop session to show how a few specific projects
                         helped kids and teachers get excited about, learn, and enjoy mathematics. We
                         will begin with “getting to know you” data collection, which will be used to
                         construct a variety of graphs including line plots, stem and leaf plots & box and
                         whisker plots. There will be suggestions on what to include in comprehensive
                         projects related to graphing, statistics, and measurement as well as ideas on
                         assessing these projects. The workshop will conclude with a brainstorming
                         session so we can all get more ideas.

Session:                 The Eyeball and Archimedes
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8 and High School Geometry Teachers
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   David Gay; UA mathematics professor emeritus
Description:             How do we KNOW the standard formulas for the volume and surface area of the
                         sphere? We memorized them! (Because our teacher told us.) Using models,
                         analogy, and some ideas from Archimedes we’ll discover these formulas in more
                         convincing ways. Maybe even use a rope trick or two…..
Session:                 SmartBoards in Math Classrooms
Audience/Level:          General Interest
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Brandon Hall, CCS Presentation Systems
Description:             This presentation will provide a general overview of SmartBoard functionality as
                         well as new improvements to the Notebook software. Specific topics will
                         include: SmartBoard functionality, InkAware, integration with Microsoft Office
                         products, new Smart Equation Editor, and new additions to the Math Gallery.

Session:                 From Teacher to Leader: Helping Teachers Find Their Voice
Audience/Level:          9—12
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Mona Toncheff, Susan Heikkinen; Phoenix Union High School District
Description:             How can you transfer the power of one to the power of many? Explore
                         strategies used in Phoenix Union High School District, an urban district,
                         to build the leadership capacity of all of their math teachers. Presenters
                         will share how Professional Learning Communities were used to help
                         classroom teachers transform into leaders of mathematics.

Session:                 TI-Navigator™ TECHNOLOGY for the Algebra Classroom
Audience/Level:          Gary Slagel, Jason Dyer, Brenda Ugalde, Pueblo High School & Tom Hibbs,
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Co-Presenter from Texas Instruments
Description:             Experience the latest in math technology for improving student
                         achievement. TI-Navigator™ connects your students’ TI graphing
                         calculators to share individual screens, enable every-student algebra and
                         data activities, delivers quizzes and tests, and gives instant feedback to
                         students. This tool enables a PLC (professional learning community)
                         approach to improving instruction. For the teacher who wants to
                         maximize the effectiveness of their formative assessment and
                         collaborative activities, this session is a must!

Session:                 Technology to Enable the Inquiring Math Mind
Audience/Level:          9—12
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Tom Hibbs, Co-Presenter from Texas Instruments
Description:             Inquiry-based math. Do math! Visualize math! Connect math! Retain
                         math! Learning math through student inquiry will be explored and
                         experienced using the TI-Navigator. Help students model in a whole-
                         class collaboration which is fun, competitive, and extends the teaching
                         presentation through student participation. TI-Navigator then allows the
                         formative assessment necessary in inquiry-based instruction to insure that
                         students are really getting the math ideas and not just the ideas about the
                         project. TI-Navigator allows the teacher to record progress steps easily
                         and continually leaving more time for creative preparation and using less
                         time for grading papers after the students are finished.
Session:                 Algebraic Aerobics to Move Your Students
Audience/Level:          General Interest
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Theresa Riel, Pima Community College
Description:             Algebraic Aerobics to Move Your Students will be a participatory presentation
                         on transformations in algebra. Participants will “exercise” their way through
                         transformations of basic functions. Teaching methods, along with pointers from
                         the presenter and contributions from participants, will be included. A fun time
                         will be had by all. Please wear appropriate clothing and, as always, check with
                         your medical personnel before you begin any exercise or diet program!

Session:                 Building Concepts and Skills through Manipulatives and Games
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Eileen Short; Desert Sky Middle School
Description:             Participants will be actively involved. This is introduction to manipulatives and
                         games used to develop concepts and skills including integer addition, order of
                         operations, solving 1-step algebraic equations, and multiplying and dividing

Session:                 Proportions and Percents Boring? NO WAY!
Audience/Level:          Grades 6—8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Lori Gaither; Alice Vail Middle School, TUSD
Description:             Who knew that Thales of Miletus could help us measure the height of our
                         school’s flagpole? Do those GROW ANIMALS really grow to be 600% of their
                         size? Learn a couple of activities to creatively add some excitement to teaching
                         proportions, metric measuring, and finding percent! Handouts with details will
                         be available!

Session:                 Origami In Geometry Class
Audience/Level:          Grades 9—12, Geometry
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Linda Alley-Sarnack, Tucson High Magnet School, TUSD
Description:             Come explore how to incorporate paper folding in a geometry class as you
                         maintain rigor and have some fun at the same time. Participants will engage in
                         hands-on folding explorations of geometric concepts, using the paper models
                         to support mathematical justifications. This will be geared to a high school
                         level of geometry.

Audience/Level:          Grades 6-8
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Vance Riggins & Sharon Petty; Utterback Middle School, TUSD
Description:             Using Connected Mathematics in the Middle School
Session:                 Crafting Creative Thinkers
Audience/Level:          General Audience
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   Dr. Edward Burger; Williams College, Holt Textbook Author, Consultant for TV
                         Show Numb3rs
Description:                 What are the life lessons we can offer all our students in our mathematics
                             courses? Is there anything beyond “solving for x”? Here we will see that we
                             have a wonderful story to tell that can really touch the life of the minds of all
                             our students and explore the real applications of mathematical thinking (and
                             it’s not about the train leaving Tucson at noon heading east while another
                             train leaves Chicago at 1:00 pm).


Session:                 Writing Problems for Algebra: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!
Audience/Level:          Algebra Teachers (middle and high), Grades 9—12
Presenter(s)/Speakers:   William McCallum; University of Arizona Math Department
Description:             For many students of algebra, the essence of the subject is in doing things:
                         expanding, factoring, simplifying and combining. However, in order to have
                         future success with algebra, students also need to able to look at algebraic
                         expressions and equations and interpret them, see structure in them, and
                         understand the purpose of different forms. We will start with a brief presentation
                         of examples of problems designed to foster these abilities, and then have a
                         hands-on session writing such problems.


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