2018

Summer Workshops for Math Teachers

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with Henri Picciotto

I will offer two workshops this summer (2018), at Menlo School in Atherton, CA.

August 1-3: No Limits! (grades 10-12) with Rachel Chou
August 6-9: Visual Algebra (grades 7-11)

Registration info

If the topics, times, or location don't work for you, I can offer a workshop for your school or district. Contact me directly.

I recommend attending with a colleague, as it makes it easier
to implement these ideas when you get back to school in the fall.

Support materials are on the workshop participants' Web site.

Visual Algebra

with Henri Picciotto

Monday-Thursday, August 6-9
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at Menlo School in Atherton, CA

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In this four-day workshop, I will present a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra in grades 7-11, including:

  • Lab Gear manipulatives for basic symbol manipulation
  • geoboard lattices for slope and radicals
  • a powerful parallel axes representation for functions
  • intelligent use of technology
  • three distinct visual paths to the quadratic formula

Participants will learn techniques that will allow them to serve the whole range of students better by offering:

  • greater access, because of addressing multiple intelligences
  • greater challenge, because of expecting multi-dimensional understanding
  • greater variety, because of using manipulative and electronic tools

No Limits!

with Henri Picciotto and Rachel Chou

Wednesday-Friday August 1-3
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at Menlo School in Atherton, CA

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This three-day workshop is designed for high school mathematics teachers who want to make Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus more accessible, richer, and more fun. A frequent challenge in teaching upper level high school classes is the limited pedagogical range of most textbooks and curricula. This is particularly harmful to the students who find symbol manipulation difficult, but it is also cheating our stronger students of the multi-faceted understanding that would serve them best.

To address this, we will present a number of activities to complement the corresponding lessons in any textbook, whether traditional or contemporary. Our lessons involve the intelligent use of electronic tools (particularly GeoGebra,) hands-on activities with concrete materials, creative alternate representations, and problem-solving throughout. Our goal is to help students develop meaningful intuitions for the concepts being studied:

  • Iterating functions as a gateway to sequences, series, and chaos
  • Concrete introductions to exponential, logarithmic, and inverse variation functions
  • Thoughtful approach to graphing: domain and range analysis, transformations
  • Trigonometry: student discovery of all the basics and the elementary identities
  • Function diagrams to visualize rate of change, inverse functions, composition
  • A kinesthetic and visual introduction to complex numbers and matrices
  • Geometry of the conic sections (2D, 3D)

More details

More info about me: Henri Picciotto

Info about Rachel Chou, registration, and logistics: Menlo School

Questions? Send me e-mail

If the topics, times, or location don't work for you, I can offer a workshop for your school or district. Contact me directly.

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