Professional Development Program
Learning Math Together
Problem Solving Strategies
Participants will solve challenging middle school and high school algebra, geometry, and probability problems and develop a supplemental curriculum outline supporting the development of mathematical approaches to problems. We will discuss how to support students developing high levels of competence and sophistication with a wide range of mathematical approaches from "guess and check" to "consider a simpler problem" to "analyze in terms of parity".
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 651: Problem Solving Strategies 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.
download syllabus [pdf]
Who: Open to all teachers and tutors working with middle and high school mathematics.
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.
Please email me with any questions.
Stephen Weimar, Director of the Math Forum
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