2009-2010 Participant Outreach Activities

To build a core group of users for the PCMI @ Math Forum resources, participants of the 2009 Secondary School Teacher Program have offered/will offer the following workshops.

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[Sep - Oct, 2009]  [Nov - Dec, 2009]  [Jan - Feb, 2010] 
[Mar - Apr, 2010]  [May - Jun, 2010]  [Jul - Aug, 2010

Independent Study
Date: Ongoing
Presenters: Three high school seniors and Adnan Rubai
Location: The University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN
Description: Last year, as an independent study, Adnan worked with two junior in their endeavor to understand the underlying theory of Calculus while they took AP Calculus. This year, those two students wanted to continue the independent study and, along with another senior, decided to explore other mathematics that are not in the standard high school curriculum. Adnan proposed that they work on the problem sets from PCMI morning math class, on a trial basis. They enjoyed the work so much that by the end of first day of working on the problem set, they decided to work through the whole lot. Now as Adnan continues to work with these students, he reports learning more from those problems. In several instances, the students came up with results that Adnan was not able to discover in his morning groups. As the students learn from the material, he is also looking forward to continuing his learning.
AP Statistics Development Committee
Date: July 1, 2009 and forward
Participant: John Mahoney
Description: John has been appointed to the position of College Board Advisor to the AP Statistics Development Committee. This seven-member committee develops the Course Description and plays a critical role in developing the exam. The CBA has additional responsibilities relating to the AP Statistics site on AP Central and other College Board activities.
What I Did at Math Camp This Summer
Date: September 2, 2009
Presenter: Debra Gamson and the Lincoln Park High School math department
Location: Chicago, IL
Description: Debra summarized the three weeks of the pedagogy class into a one-page handout to remind her colleagues to think about the role of questioning this year. Further, she went through all of the products from the working groups, highlighting for every individual the material relevant to the particular subjects that each one teaches. Debra also talked with these public school teachers about the teaching strategies used in PCMI's morning math class, and spoke highly of working in groups that changed frequently on material that was group-worthy.
Developing Good Questions from Your Textbooks: Math for America Professional Development
Date: Saturday October 3, 2009
Location: USC
Presenter: William Thill
Description: By adapting materials from the 2009 PCMI "Reflecting on Teaching" sessions, William Thill and Peg Cagle facilitated a workshop on developing questions that assess student thinking and deepen the level of discourse in the mathematics classroom. Approximately twenty fellows in the Los Angeles Math for America program attended the four hour session.
AMTNJ's Web PD Algebra 1 Learning Community Introduction
Date: October 7, 2009
Presenters: Dianna M. Sopala and 25 participants from around the state of NJ
Description: The facilitators encouraged participants to bring a sample lesson or worksheet from one of their current Algebra 1 classes so the community can begin to evolve into a more focused environment of best practices, reflection and learning.
Tetrahedron Kites
Date: October 22-24, 2009
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Location: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Description: Make tetrahedron kites, fly them, and look for their real math -- some of which is really hiding! Using drinking straws, paper ribbon, and tissue paper, participants built tetrahedron kites that can really fly.
Algebra 1 - Reflecting & Rethinking Practice
Date: October 15, 2009
Presenter: Dianna M. Sopala
Location: Somerset, NJ
Description: As a result of reflecting & rethinking Algebra 1, new student-centered and engaging Algebra 1 activities are implemented, some of which were taken from PBS Teacherline, PCMI's 2009 Visualizing Functions group, and activities developed by Dianna.
Texas Instruments Technology for Technical Authoring Training
Date: October 16 - 18, 2009
Participant: John F. Mahoney
Location: Dallas, TX
Description: John was one of 15 participants in this 3-day workshop. The training focused on creating TI-Nspire Action/Consequence/Reflection Documents. These Nspire A-C files are being developed for a variety of high school courses.
Workshop for Math for America's DC Fellows
Date: January 28, 2010
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Location: Washington, DC
Description: John conducted a workshop for the five DC MfA Teaching Fellows. The workshop had two components: Statistics with the aid of TI-Nspire computer software, and Action/Consequence Algebra 1 activities on the TI-Nspire handheld unit.
South County Math Teachers' Circle
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010
Member: Gloria Brown Brooks
Location: Gilroy, CA
Description: This teachers' circle was introduced at Gavilan College's "Science Alive." An immmersion event took place at Asilomar in Pacific Grove during June 15-17, 2010. Official monthly meetings will start September of 2010. Brown Brooks, a former PCMI participant, is part of the start -up team. For further information, please e-mail her or Hope Jukl.
Conic Sections and the TI Nspire
Dates: March 5-7, 2010
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: Participants moved from hands-on model building of the conics with paper folding first and then using the Nspire.
Conic Sections and the TI Nspire
Dates: April 21-24, 2010
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: Participants moved from hands-on model building of the conics with paper folding first and then using the Nspire.
Annual AP Calculus Panel Discussion
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Panelist: John F. Mahoney
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: John served as one of the five panelists. He is the moderator of the College Board's AP Calculus Electronic Discussion Group.
Teach AP Statistics Next Year, with TI-Nspire
Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: John gave this presentation at 11 am at the NCTM annual conference.
Beyond Means, Medians and Modes: Bringing Authentic Statistical Inquiry into a Mathematics Classroom
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Presenter: William Thill
Location: San Diego, CA
Description: In this 90 minute gallery workshop, attendees participated in a statistical study, learned practical strategies for integrating data analysis into their mathematics classroom, and discussed the differences between statistical thinking and mathematical thinking.
Can Math Camp Be This Much Fun? Park City Mathematics Institute in Duluth
Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Presenters: Seth Leavitt and Mary Jo Hughes
Location: Duluth, Minnesota - MCTM Conference (Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
Description: Session facilitators who attended PCMI last summer recreated that rich, problem solving experience of learning mathematics purely for enjoyment.
AP Statistics Reading
Dates: June, 2010
Reader: John F. Mahoney
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Description: For the 5th year, John was a reader at the AP Stat Reading.
AP Statistics Reading
Dates: June, 2010
Reader: Carol Hattan
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Description: Carol reflects: "It took seven days to read and score over 130,000 exams. In addition to getting the job done, it is the best professional development that an AP teacher can have."

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