MATHEMATICS: WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA? is an eight-part series offering motivation and tools to pre- and in-service teachers who want to explore ways of changing how to teach math in grades K-12. Using a variety of models, activities, and video clips from the Annenberg Math and Science Collection, participants will reflect upon their own practice, and exchange ideas for teaching innovation with their colleagues.
BROADCAST DATES July 6 - Patterns and Functions: What Comes Next?
July 7 - Data: Posing Answers and Finding Questions
July 8 - Geometry: Castles and Shadows
July 9 - More Geometry: Quilts and Palaces
July 13 - Whole Numbers: Memory and Discovery
July 14 - Ratio and Proportion: When is a Third More Than a Half?
July 15 - Algebra: It Begins in Kindergarten
July 16 - The Future of Mathematics: Ferns and Galaxies
Expanding upon research from the original "Private Universe," the "PRIVATE UNIVERSE TEACHER WORKSHOPS" continue the investigation into student misconceptions in science, and gives practical advice about how to make teaching more effective. Each workshop uses specific examples to show how students' preconceived ideas about basic science concepts can create critical barriers to learning. Like "Mathematics: What1s the Big Idea?," this series encourages participants to explore methods for improved teaching using personal experiences and reflection.
BROADCAST DATES July 20 - Astronomy: Eliciting Student Ideas
July 21 - Biology: Why Are Some Ideas So Difficult?
July 22 - Physics: Hands-On/Minds-On Learning
July 23 - Chemistry: A House with No Foundation
July 27 - Vision: Can We Believe Our Own Eyes?
July 28 - Energy: Where Should We Start?
July 29 - Environmental Science: Taking a Risk
July 30 -Progressive Education: Finding Solutions That Work
August 3 - Constructivism: A Vision for the Future
TAKING PART IN THE WORKSHOP SERIES
VIEWING THE WORKSHOPS These workshops are FREE. Consult the media specialist in your school, district, college, or university to find out if you have the equipment to receive the Annenberg/CPB Channel (see RECEIVING THE CHANNEL'S SATELLITE SIGNAL). Also, some public access cable stations and public television stations offer the Channel1s programs to their communities, so if your location does not have the digital equipment, check with your local stations.
RECEIVING GRADUATE CREDIT Teachers who participate in the entire workshop series are eligible for two GRADUATE CREDITS from Colorado State University ÃÂ tuition for the course is $90. Information is available from the Channel upon request.
Certificates of participation are also available at no cost.
HOSTING A SITE We are looking for SITE LEADERS to host viewing sites for both workshop series. If you are interested in organizing a workshop site in your school or district, or if you would like to participate in either series, please call Nicole Stark, Outreach Coordinator, at 800-228-8030 x2.
RECEIVING THE CHANNEL'S SATELLITE SIGNAL The Channel's satellite coordinates on GE-3 are located at 87 degrees West Longitude, Ku-band Transponder 23 (horizontal downlink), Center Frequency: 12158 MHz DigiCipher II IRD, Channel 514 SCPC mode. The General Instruments or NextLevel Systems DSR-4200 C, DSR-4200 V, and DSR 4000 are the only satellite receiver systems that will support the reception of the Annenberg/CPB Channel.
**First time users will have to register this equipment in advance with the Channel at 800-228-8030. You will not be able to receive this series unless you contact the Channel.
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