Professional Development Program
Learning Math Together
Learning and Teaching Calculus with Geometer's Sketchpad®
In this course, we will collaboratively explore the fundamental ideas of calculus, including limits, derivatives, antiderivatives, and integrals, through the use of dynamic geometry software. While the course will cover a variety of calculus content, it is not a calculus course. This course is designed to enrich students' understanding of calculus ideas, to collaboratively explore these ideas with colleagues, and to engage in professional conversations about the implications of these developing experiences and technologies on the learning and teaching of calculus.
Each module of the course will involve a short overview, a set of problems (including relevant GSP sketches and technology resources), and a set of discussion questions. The primary mode of instruction will be collaborative problem solving, including developing initial thoughts/responses to particular technology-enhanced mathematical tasks, discussing them with colleagues, and revising your work based on your conversations and collaboration. The course will emphasize active participation in the learning and teaching process and will not involve significant amounts of passive learning through lectures or demonstrations.
One of the interesting aspects of this course is that we will have a mix that includes graduate students from the Mathematics Learning and Teaching master's program (who are taking MTED 662 - Teaching Calculus with Geometer's Sketchpad for graduate credit) and teachers from the wider Math Forum community (who are taking it for continuing education credits only). This should provide a nice sized group for interaction, along with useful variety in mathematical approaches and teaching experience.
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Who: Open to all teachers and tutors interested in exploring calculus topics. Historically, we have had middle school teachers through AP calculus teachers taking the course together.
When: New dates will be posted here soon for the next scheduled session. There will be approximately 30 hours of seat-work involved in this course.
Credit: All individuals who successfully complete this pass/fail course will receive a certificate indicating that they have completed 30 hours of professional development. This is equivalent to 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Note that CEUs can never be converted to graduate credits for this course.
* While there are no books to buy for the course, participants are required to have a copy of The Geometer's Sketchpad 5, which is available directly from Key Curriculum Press. (All purchasing options of the program are the same in terms of the product you get. The differences are in the licensing terms, so you can choose the one that makes the most sense for you.)
Please email me with any questions.
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