March 23, 2007
Volume 12 No. 12

In This Issue

Tools for Building Math Concepts

Summer Institutes for Math Teachers

Texas Instruments Syllabus Support Offer


Tools for Building Math Concepts
An Online Workshop for Teachers of Grades 3-5

The Math Forum at Drexel and Microsoft Corporation will host an online workshop for exploring how technology can help students develop fundamental concepts of multiplication, fractions, division and area through the process of generating data and examining patterns.

Drawing on the benefits of software tools and the strength of human pattern recognition, workshop participants will explore ways to address misconceptions and related difficulties that students often run into, such as when comparing unlike terms; confusing area and perimeter; and the belief that "multiplication makes bigger and divison makes smaller."

Workshop fees will be covered by a grant from Microsoft.

Experience the flexibility of anytime, anywhere online learning. New sessions start as soon as they are filled. Register now:

Upon registration, participants may sign up for one Continuing Education credit (ten contact hours) from Drexel University. Drexel and Microsoft will cover the cost of that CEU for those who participate in the workshop before July, 2007.

Summer Institutes for Math Teachers

Henri Picciotto will be leading two institutes this summer at the Center for Innovative Teaching at the Urban School of San Francisco.

The Geometry of Algebra
July 30 - August 1, 2007

In this three-day institute for middle and high school teachers, Picciotto will present a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra, including:

  • Lab Gear manipulatives for basic symbol manipulation
  • geoboard lattices for slope and radicals
  • a powerful parallel axes representation for functions
  • intelligent use of technology
  • three distinct visual paths to the quadratic formula

No Limits!
August 2-3, 2007

In this two-day institute for high school teachers, Picciotto will present a number of units to make Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus more accessible, richer, and more fun.

  • concrete introductions to exponential, logarithmic, and trig functions
  • iterating functions as a gateway to sequences, series, mathematical induction and chaos
  • a visual approach to complex numbers and matrices

The cost for participation is $375 for Session 1 classes and $250 for Session 2, with a 10% discount for multiple teachers attending from any one school. View the registration page for more information:

Mathematics Education Page: Henri Picciotto

A resource for math educators, with articles and sample lessons written by Henri Picciotto, Math Department chairperson at The Urban School of San Francisco.

Texas Instruments Syllabus Support Offer

Texas Instruments wants to add greater impact to your curriculum and lessons. Let them know in what courses you are using TI technology, and they will send you support materials to help integrate it into your classroom:

  • a classroom activities CD that includes hundreds of technology-enriched math and science activities
  • a TI Presentation Link adapter (valued at $39.95 USD) that allows each student to present to the class

Simply send TI your syllabus listing the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus families or the TI-89 family graphing calculators by September 15, 2007.


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