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2007 Materials Development Institute

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Korman, Room 241

12:30 - 3:00 Arrival
  • Suzanne will be at the hotel at 12:30 to greet everyone who has arrived and walk with them to Korman 241.
  • Richard will be at the hotel until all of the Institute participants have arrived to guide them to Korman 241.
  • Annie will be downstairs in Korman to provide directions to Korman 241 (upstairs), if needed.
  • Jason will be upstairs in Korman 241 to keep you company until we get started. Suzanne will join him with the first group of participants from the hotel.
  • Box lunches will be available in Korman starting at 12:30.
2:30 Afternoon snacks - gourmet cookies and beverages (coffee, tea, water, soda)
3:00 Let's Do Math
  • Form groups and play Plinko
  • Discuss what's happening
  • Discuss the mathematics behind Plinko
3:30 Introductions - use your "Plinko experience" to introduce yourself to the group:
  • What didn't you know that you thought you understood? What did you understand that you thought you didn't know?

  • How do you know when you've learned? What do you notice about yourself? How do you know when you know something?

  • How would you describe or characterize your participation in this learning experience? What challenged you?

4:00 Project Background and Vision: Questions
  • NSDL Grant
  • Current/Pending Activities
  • Leadership
4:15 Processing the Preparatory Activities
5:00 What We'll Do Tomorrow
  • Discuss Key Elements of Math Forum Workshops
  • Do more math
  • Begin to unpack big ideas and move into more concrete ideas of student (pre-) conceptions, misconceptions, and difficulties...then start finding environments to explore concepts
5:15 My Journal Entry
As we work through mathematical activities, struggle with understanding them, and/or help others gain understanding, please think about things like:
  • What is the nature of activities that make it possible for teachers and students focus on the learning and understand what is happening?
  • How do I learn? How do students learn?
  • What is the nature of the learning of this student opposed to another student? What environment precipitates it?
5:30 Dinner

Day 1 || Day 2 || Day 3

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-0226284. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.