2008-2009 Participant Outreach Activities

To build a core group of users for the PCMI @ Math Forum resources, participants of the 2008 Secondary School Teacher Program have offered/will offer the following workshops.

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American Diploma Project - math content review panel
Date:2008 - 2009 School year
Panelist: John F. Mahoney
Description: John is one of the two classroom teachers serving on this 24-person panel. Thirty-three states are members of the American Diploma Project. The American Diploma Project benchmarks (2004) define what students should know and be able to do by the end of high school.
 
PCMI outreach
Date: School Year 2008-2009
Location: Utah
Presenter: Tony Anderson
Description: I miss PCMI. I think it's been about 4 or 5 years now since I last attended (Summer 2004). I haven't done a whole bunch as far as inservice with other teachers. I have shared some things that I learned at PCMI with other teachers individually, however.
I have taught Geometry all but one year since I attended PCMI. Each year that I have taught Geometry I have used the lesson plan we developed at PCMI (The stair-step fractal model building and exploration activity). It seems to be quite a bit more effective than a standard textbook lesson in helping students understand how changing lengths of the edges of a polyhedron affects the 1, 2, and 3-dimensional measures differently. Not only do they learn more, but it tends to be one of the favorite activities of the year for students.
I use tetrahedron kites differently than I did before PCMI. I took a few minutes talking about tetrahedral numbers at a math inservice meeting.
I encourage my fellow math teachers at school to take advantage of the PCMI opportunity. Those who know I went know I loved it. Those that don't know are new and since I am currently with the world languages department I don't go to the math dept meetings.
I did present a session at a state math teachers conference on a coordinate grid game, thanks to an invite from Lars Nordfelt, whom I know from PCMI. Although the ideas were not something I learned at PCMI, I never would have presented them had I not been to PCMI.
 
NCTM's "Mathematics Teacher" Editorial Panel
Date: School Year 2008-2009
Location: Reston, VA
Presenter: Benjamin Sinwell
Description: I serve on the editorial panel for "Mathematics Teacher." I am the panel liaison to the MT Calendar which appears monthly.
 
California State Algebra Forum
Date: Ongoing 2008-2009
Location: California
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Invited participant in a statewide collaboration of the California Department of Education, county offices and WestEd to act as expert advisors to state organizations serving districts and schools to improve student learning in Algebra, including a 2 day meeting focussed on laying the groundwork in the early grades for success in secondary algebra courses.
 
Bill Nye the Science Guy's "Solving for X"
Date: Ongoing 2008-2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Peg Cagle is the math consultant for Bill Nye the Science Guy's new project "Solving for X' which will produce a series of webisodes covering key curriculum from middle school mathematics through Algebra I. The webisodes will also be available on DVD and will be supported with activities and tips for teachers via a website being created by Disney Educational Productions.
 
Mathematics Teacher article "Partial Credit for Multiple-Choice Questions"
Date: August, 2008
Author: John F. Mahoney
Description:This short article, from the Reader Reflections section, emphasizes the advantage of having students rank their answers to multiple choice questions.
 
Santa Rosa County Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
Date: October, 2008
Location: Avalon Middle School, Milton, FL
Presenter: Carol Spice
Description: At our local math conference, I presented information on PCMI, my experience, and some of the ideas that I have brought back and used in my classroom. The presentation was well received and several of the teachers have applied for next summer session. I am hoping to start a professional development group here. I have also shared within my school many of the ideas from my PCMI experience and several teachers are implementing the ideas as well. I am also extending the project from my working group to an action research project that will be submitted to the county office for review.
 
Pizza and Problem Solving Luncheon
Date: 10 October, 2008
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Presenter: Jennifer Outzs
Description: My school let me plan and implement a Pizza and Problem Solving Luncheon for all the middle and high school math teachers in which I was able to share my PCMI experience. We worked through a problem set so they could see what our morning session was like and I was able to share with my fellow mathematic teachers many of the algebraic and analytic geometry ideas from the various lectures and workshops.
 
Presentation of Jump Up to High School Math Camp Activities
Date: 25 October, 2008
Location: McAllen, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: Presented various activities from Jump Up to High School Math Camp to McAllen ISD secondary teachers.
 
Mathematics Department Staff Development
Date: 30 October, 2008
Location: A.E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Presenter: Andrew Richardson
Description: Participants worked their way through a series of constructions that produced the Catalan numbers. The constructions were used to introduce bijections and as a lead in to the formula for producing Catalan numbers.
 
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McAllen PD3 Mathematics Fair
Date: 1 November, 2008
Location: McAllen, Texas
Presenters: Brian Hamel and Armando Madrigal
Description: The 2008 PCMI participants from McAllen -- together with past PCMI participants -- shared their working group projects with staff and faculty from McAllen ISD. New perspectives and discussions were shared by all participants. Judi Carlin also led a presentation of her Algebra 1 Summer transitional program. Dr. Roger Knobel (UTPA), Judi Carlin and Julie Acosta (McAllen ISD) facilitated the session.
 
California Mathematics Council South Conference
Date: 7 November, 2008
Location: CMC-South, Palm Springs, CA
Presenter: Darryl Yong
Description: Pam Mason and Darryl Yong presented at the CMC-South conference in Palm Springs on Nov 7, 2008, on Imagine Math Day and Math for America Los Angeles.
 
California Mathematics Council South Conference
Date: 7 November, 2008
Location: CMC-South, Palm Springs, CA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Ask Don't Tell- Inquiry Based Algebra I; Rigor without the Rigor Mortis Workshop on the use of investigations and discourse to drive instruction in algebra
 
Teaching Statistical Inquiry in the Mathematics Classroom
Date: 7 November, 2008
Location: CMC-South, Palm Springs, CA
Presenter: William Thill
Description: Through unique activities and discussion, mathematics teachers learned how teaching mathematics and teaching statistics differ. Teachers also received sample lessons to integrate into the mathematics classroom.
 
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Issues Committee
Date: 13-16 November, 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: The fall meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Emerging Issues Committee was held in Boston in order to visit schools which are showing evidence of success in turning around student performance in high school mathematics. The committee's charge is to identify and examine issues that impact the teaching and learning of mathematics and which deserve greater attention.
 
Rio Grande Valley Council of Teachers of Math Conference
Date: 17 November, 2008
Location: Edinbrug, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: Presented about the PD3 Jump Up to High School Math Camp for a 2 hour workshop to other math teachers from the valley.
 
Rio Grande Valley Council of Teachers of Math Conference
Date: 17 November, 2008
Location: Edinbrug, TX
Presenter: Armando Madrigal
Description: Armando and Brian presented their "Dice-ology" project (from the 2008 Discrete Math working group) to other secondary mathematics teachers from across the Rio Grande Vallley during four different 2-hour sessions.
 
Putting the Pieces Together- Exploring Polyhedra with Modular Origami
Date: 6 December, 2008
Location: CMC-North, Asilomar, CA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Workshop on using modular origami to enrich geometry instruction, with a special focus on building spatial reasoning.
 
Rowe Mathematics Planning Session
Date: 12 December, 2008
Location: Nikki Rowe High School, McAllen, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: 8 hour planning for math department. I presented on strategies to be used in class for LEP (limited English proficiency) students.
 
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Using Trains to Model Recurrence Relations
Date: January, 2009
Location: MAA
Presenter: Benjamin Sinwell
Description: Published an article in Resources for Teaching Discrete Mathematics, MAA Notes volume 74.
 
California Teacher Advisory Council
Date: January 2009-January 2012
Location: California
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Peg Cagle has been appointed as one of 12 members of the California Teacher Advisory Council (CAL TAC). Modeled on the National Teacher Advisory Council, CAL TAC seeks to disseminate public policy information from the state level to teachers, hold forums with members of the business community and provide feedback to and from the National Academies Teacher Advisory Council.
 
Teaching Calculus in High School: Ideas that Work
Date: 6 January, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: John Mahoney and Dan Teague will moderate the 4 hour session "Teaching Calculus in High School: Ideas that Work" at the Joint MAA-AMS meeting.
 
McAllen Leadership meeting
Date: 31 January, 2009
Location: McAllen, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: Began planning for the Learning from Teaching Cases Video Club to be presented in McAllen February 21 (2 Hours).
 
California Teacher Advisory Council Symposium
Date: 2 February, 2009
Location: Sacramento, CA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: The California Teacher Advisory Council hosted a forum with members of the business community, higher education community and members of both state and federal government to discuss issues facing STEM education.
 
Best Practices Workshop
Date: 7 February, 2009
Location: University of Southern California
Presenter: Darryl Yong
Description: Gathering of teachers to share lessons attended by members of Harvey Mudd College Professional Development and Outreach Group and Math for America Los Angeles Fellows.
 
Greater San Diego Math Council annual conference
Date: 7 February 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Ask Don't Tell- Inquiry Based Algebra I; Rigor without the Rigor Mortis-Addressing the California Algebra I standards through investigations, questioning & classroom discourse.
 
McAllen Leadership meeting
Date: 13 February, 2009
Location: Rowe High School, McAllen, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: 2 hour planning for McAllen Learning from Teaching Cases Video Club.
 
McAllen Learning from Teaching Cases Video Club
Date: 21 February, 2009
Location: McAllen ISD, McAllen, TX
Presenter: Judith L. Carlin
Description: Helped lead McAllen teachers in viewing a video of a lesson and talking about the mathematics being taught.
 
Benchmarking Student Evaluation Practices Conference
Date: 24 February, 2009
Location: Alexandria, VA
Presenter: Benjamin Sinwell
Description: I presented a paper on "The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and The Student Evaluation Standards."
 
Conic Section by Paper Folding and Using the Nspire
Date: 27 February - 1 March, 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Description: We folded the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola using patty paper. And then we reproduced the same using the TI-Nspires and actually justified where the points of the conics were on the fold (tangent) lines. I did my first presentation at a T3 International Conference. I had arranged to be observed and convinced them to invite me to join the ranks of other PCMI'ers who are regional T3 instructors. Some of our folks are even National or International Instructors. There were a lot of other PCMI alumni who presented as well: Gail Burrill, Steve Phelps, Beverly Farahani, Bill Finzer, Richard Parr, and Suzanne Alejandre.
 
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Teachers to Teachers: Language, Technology, Math, and Science Exchange
Date: March, 2009
Location: Yaroslavl, Russia
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: John was one of eight US teachers who participated in this US State Department funded program run by the American Councils for International Education. He spoke with ten teachers from Russia in October, 2008 in DC and in Montana about US mathematics education in preparation for this 2 1/2 week trip. John's blog is at http://johnfmahoney.blogspot.com.
 
Imagine Math Day
Date: 7 March, 2009
Location: Harvey Mudd College
Presenter: Darryl Yong
Description: Outreach event for local area high school students and teachers designed by members of Harvey Mudd College Professional Development and Outreach Group. Participants will explore data analysis through open-ended activities.
 
NWMI - Spring Workshop
Date: 7 March, 2009
Location: John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
Presenter: Art Mabbott and Joyce Frost
Description: Sessions were led by Traci Ostrick, Art Mabbott, Jim King, Joyce Frost, and Shaun Monaghan.
 
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellows
Date: 12-15 March, 2009
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Peg Cagle has been invited to serve as an interviewer for the selection of the upcoming cohort of KSTF Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows.
 
What's Happening Internationally with Technology in Mathematics?
Date: 23 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Panelist: John F. Mahoney
Description: John Mahoney will be a panelist at the NCTM 2009 Annual Meeting session titled "What's Happening Internationally with Technology in Mathematics?" This 3:30 pm session will be based on the 11th International Congress on Mathematics Education.
 
Annual AP Calculus session
Date: 23 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Panelist: John F. Mahoney
Description: John Mahoney will be a panelist at the NCTM 2009 Annual Meeting's AP Calculus session on Thursday, April 23, at 6 pm.
 
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Annual conference
Date: 24 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Peg Cagle will be leading a secondary geometry workshop entitled "Building Origami Polyhedra = Building Spatial Reasoning."
 
Demonstration of TI-nspire AP Statistics activities
Date: 24 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: John will be demonstrating the dozens of classroom demonstration activities he wrote to accompany the third edition of Dave Bock's Stats: Modeling the World on Thursday, 4/23 at 2:40 pm and Saturday 4/25 at 10:40 am at the Texas Instrument booth and on Friday 4/24 at 11 am at the Pearson booth in the Exhibit Hall.
 
NCTM Presentation
Date: 24 April, 2009
Location: NCTM Annual Meeting, Washington DC
Presenter: Benjamin Sinwell
Description: I will present a session entitled "Recursion for All: Using Different Methods to Learn Recursion."
 
Benjamin Banneker's Mathematics: In His Own Handwriting
Date: 24 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: John Mahoney will give a talk titled "Benjamin Banneker's Mathematics: In His Own Handwriting" at the NCTM 2009 Annual Meeting.
 
Geometer's Sketchpad Is for Everyone.
Date: 25 April, 2009
Location: Washington, DC
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Description: We will explore Geometer's Sketchpad as a tool for all high school learners - from Algebra 1, past Geometry, to Advanced Algebra and beyond.
 
NSF Math/Science Partnership Panels
Date: 30 April-1 May 2009
Location: Arlington, VA
Presenter: Peg Cagle
Description: Peg Cagle will serve as a reader evaluating proposals at the invitation of the National Science Foundation.
 
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GeoGebra Workshop
Date: June 7, 2009
Location: St. Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ
Presenters: Cal Armstrong & Mark Sawula
Description: Introduced high school teachers to GeoGebra, a user-friendly, free, cross-platform geometry and graphing tool that allows students to explore topics in numbers, algebra, geometry, statistics and calculus. It also provides a simple applet-authoring environment for use on the web.
 

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