June 29 & July 2-3, 2001

Friday, June 29

- Introductions

- Introductory Activity

- Clarifying Goals:

- to become more familiar with
Geometer's Sketchpad,SimCalc,and accessing mathematics resources on the Internet;- to think about and identify resources and approaches to stimulate students' mathematical thinking;
- to think about using technology for instructional planning and practice;
- to build 'community' that supports our professional growth.

- How would you respond to this student's conjecture?

- Your assignment, should you accept it, is to read a chapter from Liping Ma,
Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathemtaics in China and the United States,"Exploring New Knowledge: The Relationship Between Area and Perimeter."

- A related Problem of the Week (PoW)

- Working with the
Geometer's Sketchpad

- Where are you on this
GSPproficiency continuum?

- Beginner = "I am not sure what the basic tools do."
- Intermediate = "I know the basic tools and some but not most of what's in the menus."
- Advanced = "I know how to do basic constructions, and have a grasp of how to use the transformation, locus, animation, and script tools."
- Moving Forward with
GSP:I do <<>> You do

- You can find additional GSP lessons on our Lucent Index Page.

- Planning for Monday's session, focused on the Graphing Calculator ("GC"):

- Where are you on this GC proficiency continuum?

- Beginner = "I am not sure what the Windows, Zoom, Trace, Stats, Mode and Vars buttons do."
- Intermediate = "I can use the GC to do things like find zeroes of functions, or put data in a list and display it as a box or scatterplot."
- Advanced = "I know how to use the GC in my classes to reinforce instruction."

Monday, July 2

- Warm-up Problem

- Comments on the Ma reading?

Geometer's Sketchpad:Construction of Rectangles with Constant Perimeter

- Exploring mathematical thinking with the TI-83 graphing calculator.

Tuesday, July 3

- Warm-up Problem

- The MATH FORUM: Your Personal Portal to Mathematics on the Internet

- Continued explorations with the graphing calculator.

- Thinking About School Goals and Action Planning

- Calendarizing

- Site visits - Shelly, Anita, Roberta, Rutgers Students
- In-service Workshops (4) - Possible topics include:
Sketchpad, SimCalc,calculators, more thinking about student thinking, others?

- Evaluation Form

Connecting with the New Jersey Mathematical Framework:

Content Clusters

- Number Sense, Concepts, & Applications
- Spatial Sense & Geometry
- Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, & Discrete Mathematics
- Patterns, Functions & Algebra

Cross-Cluster Themes

- Problem Solving
- Communication
- Connections
- Reasoning

- Tools & Technology
- Numerical Operations
- Measurement
- Estimation
- Excellence & Equity

Recurring Content Strands

- Discrete Mathematics
- Building Blocks of Calculus

Participants