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Day 3: Old Problems New Approaches with Technology
Five Dimensions: Mathematics, Technology, Teaching, Learning, and Assessing

    What will you check on regularly?

  • Wiki
  • Discussions
  • PoW Revisions
  • My MathTools

8:30 - 9:00 To Review
    Reinforcing what we've learned, try this:

  • Login to Math Tools
  • Search or browse for a tool you might use in class the first six weeks
  • Rate the tool you found and possibly write some comments
  • Save it to My MathTools
  • Read or post to a discussion
  • Select some friends

9:00 - 10:00 Let's Do Math

  • tPoW: Balloon Booth
  • Add a page to your wiki and name it LastNameBalloonBooths
  • While you're doing Balloon Booths note things that you're noticing on this new wiki page. For example, "If I do ____, it will work."
  • Everyone shares one of the things they noted in big group discussion.
  • Now make your list on your new wiki page as complete as possible.

10:00 - 11:30 Planning Time
Start thinking and planning something that you'll use in your classroom the first six weeks of the school year and/or share with other teachers to use in their classrooms the first six weeks of the school year. We'll use the wiki to organize your thoughts.

On Thursday, you'll present you "Project in Progress" to the group both to the local Philly workshop participants but also during the Concert Chat session with Houston. You might decide to pair with someone or create a small group or work on an idea individually.

Places to find ideas:

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch

12:00 - 1:30 Planning Time Continued

1:30 - 2:50 Concert Chat Discussion 1:30 (Philly)/12:30 (Houston)

  • 1:30 - 1:35 Read the vignette, Mr. Hernandez - Teaching Seventh Graders About Representations of Rational Numbers
  • 1:35 Open Concert Chat to discuss the article.
  • Mr. Hernandez gave this mathematical task: Shade .725 of the area of an 8-by-10 grid. Explore the problem together. Not using a rectangle with 100 blocks makes this more challenging for students. What do you think of his choice of using 80?
  • What do you think of Mr. Hernandez' technique of having students explain their processes? Having students explain takes class time. In your opinion, when is it worth it? How can writing support math understanding? How do you encourage this activity in your classroom? What do you find difficult about incorporating this into your classroom?

2:50 - 3:00 Reflection Time Please use this online form.

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Send comments to the facilitators: Annie, Cynthia, Steve, and Suzanne

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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.