2010-2011 Participant Outreach Activities

To build a core group of users for the PCMI @ Math Forum resources, participants of the 2010 Secondary School Teacher Program have offered/will offer the following workshops.

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Two Talks on Statistics
Date: July 17, 2010
Location: AP Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: Mahoney and a colleague will be presenting two talks. The first is titled "Results from the 2010 AP Statistics Exam Administration," and the second, "An Introduction to AP Statistics for Administrators, Coordinators, and Teachers."
Numbers in the Summer
Date: July 26-30, 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Presenter: David Metzler
Description: During the five four-hour sessions of a week-long intensive enrichment program, David and his middle and high school students worked through the "important stuff" from 13 out of the 15 worksheets developed by Bowen Kerins and Darryl Yong for the 2009 Developing Mathematics sessions. Many students, who came in with significant experience with MATHCOUNTS or other contests/enrichment opportunities, were able to work into the "neat stuff" on a good number of the worksheets as well.
NWMI Summer Geometry Institute
Date: July 26-30, 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Presenters: Jim King, Art Mabbott, Joyce Frost, Dave Goodwin, Peg Cagle, Philip Mallinson, George Thornton, Teri Hulbert
Description: The week-long Northwest Mathematics Summer Geometry Institute, for secondary geometry teachers, consisted of geometry lessons by day and hands-on activities by night.
Tetrahedron Kites
Date: July 28, 2010
Location: University of Washington
Presenter: Art Mabbott
Description: Art took his Tetrahedron Kite project to "Do-It," a residential program at the University of Washington for high school students who have college potential and severe physical handicaps.
The Fibonacci Sequence and The Golden Ratio
Date: August 16-19, 2010
Location: Watertown, MA
Presenter: Andy Katz
Description: A mathematical exploration for inquisitive high school and middle school teachers, in which we explore the history, mathematical derivation, and recurrence relations associated with these (and some other) fascinating mathematical phenomena.
Questions & Discussions
Date: August 30 and September 7, 2010
Location: San Pedro High School
Presenter: Anna Fox
Description: What can teachers do to generate discussion in their classrooms? This presentation included an example of questioning to draw out the math content in an origami project, and a review of literature discussing teachers' actions that support classroom discussions.
A Proposal for Improving Secondary Math Instruction
Date: August 31, 2010
Location: San Pedro High School
Author: Anna Fox
Description: Fox wrote email to LAUSD Local District 8 Superintendent Mike Romero to suggest math content-rich professional development that works with Math for America. She referenced her experiences at Park City Math Institute, as well as at Math for America's Summer Math Institute in San Diego.
Strategies for Teaching Implicit Differentiation
Date: August 31, 2010
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: This online workshop is intended for teachers of AP Calculus (AB or BC). It uses multiple choice and free response questions from past AP exams to help teachers learn how to effectively teach students about implicit differentiation.
Date: Fall, 2010
Presenter: Rina Martinez-Viramontes
Description: Martinez-Viramontes led a group of teachers through the development and implementation of a 3-day problem set on similarity, in the style of a PCMI unit. The group went on to teach the unit, gathering data from pre- and post-assessments, analysis of which showed that students made improvements in the standards for similarity.
Video Club Professional Development Pod
Date: Fall, 2010
Location: New York
Presenters: Jesse Johnson and Phil Dituri
Description: Inspired by the Seattle video club presentation, Johnson and Dituri ran a small teacher group within their school. Teachers video-taped themselves, chose lenses through which to study the video, and observed each other through that structure.
Videos on iTunes U
Date: Fall, 2010
Creator: David Metzler
Description: Metzler created four videos of topics in precalculus and single- and multi-variable calculus for inclusion in the NAIS iTunes U project.
NAIS Teacher of the Future, 2010-2011
Date: 2010-2011 school year
Selectee: William Thill
Description: William Thill was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as one of twenty "Teachers of the Future." In that capacity, Thill will seed and moderate an online discussion forum and post short educational videos in NAIS's new teachers' community. The videos will also be available on iTunes U. Participants will present a one-hour session at the NAIS annual conference.
Participant Learning Team on Project Based Algebra
Date: Fall, 2010
Location: Math for America, NY
Presenters: Carol Kinney, Gretel Johnson
Description: Every week for a month, Kinney and Johnson facilitated eight to ten teachers in the use of projects as a way to incorporate group learning, collaborative work, and skills-based algebra. Kinney enriched this teaching of her fellow teachers with problem sets, problem solving information and information from both her working group project and from the sessions on teaching at PCMI.
NBC's Education Nation Summit Conference
Date: September 26 - 27, 2010
Location: New York, NY
Speaker: John F. Mahoney
Description: Mahoney gave three short mathematical talks, including one on the statistics topic of Simpson's Paradox, delivered before a panel discussion on teacher effectiveness that featured both the AFT and NEA union presidents, Geoff Canada, and Michelle Rhee.
My Experiences in Secondary School Education
Date: September 27, 2010
Location: Capital University, Columbus, OH
Speaker: Mary Gruber
Description: Addressing a junior and senior seminar class of mathematics and computer science majors, as well as a few math education majors, Gruber spoke about her experiences as a secondary school teacher, teacher licensure in Ohio, alternative paths for licensure (such as Math for America), and answered questions about math education.
Developing Good Questions from Your Textbooks: Math for America Professional Development
Date: Saturday October 3, 2010
Participant: 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.
49th Northwest Math Conference
Date: October 8, 2010
Location: Spokane, WA
Presenter: Clint Chan
Description: Clint and a colleague will deliver a presentation about what they have learned as their department implements Complex Instruction methods throughout their math classes. Their conference session will begin with a brief introduction to this teaching method, which centers on managing student interactions, before discussing successes and challenges during Lynnwood High School's year of implementation, as well as what they see in the future.
Selling Sporks: A Year-Long Series of Projects for Calculus
Date: October 9, 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Creator: David Metzler
Description: Metzler described a coherent series of investigations and projects based on the idea that his class was the Analysis Department of a company that sold sporks. Many of the techniques used in developing and supervising these investigations came directly from his experiences in the Reflecting on Practice sessions and from informal interactions with other SSTP participants in 2009 and 2010.
Better Problem Solvers Become Better Teachers
Date: October 22, 2010
Presenters: Seth Leavitt, Minneapolis Public Schools; and Mary Jo Hughes, Waconia Public Schools
Description: Drawing on problems from the summer, 2008 secondary teacher program, Leavitt and Hughes gave this presentation at the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference.
What I Learned at Math Camp
Date: October 22, 2010
Location: Lincoln Park High School, Chicago, IL
Presenter: Debra Gamson
Description: Gamson recapped some of the things she learned this summer at PCMI; explained the structure of the program; shared the products of her working groups and many of the insights she gained through her participation in the program; and emailed her colleagues her notes from the program.
Symposium on Big Ideas in Mathematics
Date: October 25, 2010
Location: The Fields Institute, Toronto, Canada
Presenter: Beverly Farahani
Description: Farahani presented at a symposium for teachers, consultants, and leaders in the province of Ontario, as organized by The Fields Institute, OAME, and OMCA.
Lesson Study
Date: November, 2010
Presenter: Rina Martinez-Viramontes
Description: Martinez-Viramontes presented an overview of lesson study at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, sharing her experiences of PCMI's three-week lesson study cycle. Her PowerPoint presentation led other teachers through the process of lesson study.
Date: November 2, 2010
Location: San Pedro, CA
Presenter: Anna Fox
Description: Fox used teachers' questions to generate classroom discourse and develop lesson plans that incorporate questioning and allow for multiple entry.
The Pythagorean Spiral
Date: November 5, 2010 (and December 3, 2010)
Location: CMC Palm Springs (and Asilomar), CA
Presenter: Marla Mattenson
Description: Mattenson presented to approximately 75 teachers at the California Mathematics Council on how to construct the Pythagorean Spiral, with an extension project using tracing paper, as an intro for image processing.
Content-Based Teacher Professional Development
Date: November 6, 2010
Location: Joint meeting of the New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania / Delaware (EPaDel) sections of the Mathematical Association of America, hosted by LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA
Presenters: Brian Hopkins, Malvia McDonald, and Zack Bassman
Description: Following up on Hopkins' invited address on partition dynamics, participants formed groups and worked on exploratory problems about compositions. In so doing, they experienced the kind of professional development enjoyed by teachers in the NJPDO. Hopkins and fellow PCMI alumni McDonald and Bassman then went on to talk about the benefits of this style of PD, leading into a general discussion. The session ended with group exploration of classifying quadrilaterals, as outlined by Branko Grünbaum and recently developed by Joe Malkevitch and his doctoral student Alonso Orlando.
Performance Tasks in Mathematics
Date: November 15, 2010
Location: Lawrence, MA
Presenter: Andy Katz
Description: Katz will offer a range of math performance tasks, in topics ranging from pre-algebra to calculus, then have teachers work through them in collaborative groups and present their solutions. They will also develop and demonstrate a wiki where teachers can share math performance tasks.
Excellent Implementation - It really is up to you!
Date: November 19-20, 2010
Location: Bountiful, UT
Presenter: Vicki Lyons
Description: Lyons is presenting at the annual Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference. Her workshop is designed from the "reflecting on teaching" materials, and focuses on developing essential elements of lesson coherence and development.
What's Your Statistic?
Date: November 19-20, 2010
Location: Bountiful, UT
Presenter: Vicki Lyons
Description: At the annual Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference, Lyons is introducing the "What's Your Statistic?" activity from PCMI. It helps students gain a more authentic statistical experience by creating their own test statistics, generating sampling distributions and interpreting p-values prior to their formal study of inference.
Incorporating Reading and Writing into Mathematics Yearly Homework Projects - 14th Annual Istanbul Autumn Teachers' Conference
Date: November 27, 2010
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Presenter: Sandra Corbacioglu
Description: Students in Turkey must complete a year-long homework project in one of their classes. The project counts as the equivalent of one written examination. After 16 years of enduring student presentations on Pythagoras, the Golden Ratio and/or Pascal's Triangle, Corbacioglu completely re-formulated how she assigns these projects, based on the idea that all teachers in Turkey are ESL teachers. Her students now read a mathematical novel, keep a reading journal, write a book review, and deliver a book talk to their class. Popular selections include The Calculus of Friendship, The Housekeeper and the Professor, and Logicomix. At the conference, Corbacioglu's talk will present the details of the project, as well as rubrics and reading lists.
Encouraging Discourse in the Classroom
Date: December 14, 2010
Location: New Hope, PA
Presenter: Zack Bassman
Description: Bassman led a session on strategies for encouraging productive discourse in the classroom, based on themes explored in the SSTP course Reflecting on Practice. He also shared some of the details of the summer program, including a typical daily schedule and a few sample problems from the morning session.
Teaching Contemporary Mathematics Conference
Date: January 22, 2011
Location: Durham, NC
Speaker: John F. Mahoney
Description: Mahoney is the plenary speaker. His topic will be "Learning from Benjamin Banneker."
Teachers Teaching with Technology conference
Date: February 26, 2011
Location: San Antonio, TX
Speaker: John F. Mahoney
Description: Mahoney will give a talk titled "Teach AP Statistics Next Year — with TI-Nspire Software."
Recursion: Fibonacci, Phi & Other Iterations
Date: March 5, 2011
Location: Boston, MA
Presenter: Andy Katz, Lawrence Public Schools
Description: A mathematical exploration for inquisitive high school and middle school teachers exploring the history, mathematical derivation, and recurrence relations associated with the Fibonacci Sequence, the Golden Ratio, and some other fascinating mathematical phenomena.
Lesson Study
Date: March 10, 2011
Location: Diamond Bar, CA
Presenters: Rina Martinez, Anthony Montano, Bryan Wetzel, Victor Gonzalez, and Cristy Ontiveros
Description: As a leader, Martinez formed a team of math teachers at her school. Together, they came up with a lesson on the Pythagorean Theorem that can be taught to seventh or eighth graders. As they went through the lesson study cycle, they were fortunate enough to have Blake Peterson from BYU come down and give feedback for their final lesson. Martinez reflects, "It was great to work with the teachers at my school. I feel that the work I did last year at PCMI has really helped me learn about lesson study and implement it at my school. Lesson study is powerful because you really see things that you miss while you are teaching. The students can be so unpredictable and it makes you be better prepared."
Ontario Association for Mathematics Education Annual Conference
Date: March 12 & 14, 2011
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Presenter: Cal Armstrong
Description: Armstrong gave two presentations on Mobile Learning ("How'd you get that answer? My phone!") that incorporated ideas for teaching, learning and assessment across diverse devices.
Water Jug Math
Date: March 26, 2011
Location: New York
Presenter: Jesse Johnson
Description: Johnson facilitated an afternoon of problem solving with the New Jersey Professional Development and Outreach group (NJPDO) using the four day-long problem sets developed in PCMI's 2010 discrete math working group. Based on the experience of the teacher participants there that Sunday, Johnson revised the project and remains excited to present it at future teacher development workshops.
Pythagorean Theorem
Date: Spring, 2011
Presenter: Rina Martinez-Viramontes
Description: Martinez-Viramontes led a team of teachers through a lesson study cycle, developing a lesson plan on the Pythagorean Theorem, teaching it, revising it, and completing a final lesson. One of their findings was that most of their students had never flown a kite before; as a team, they made a short video with one of the teachers flying a kite. They presented a final report at MC2 at NMSU in June 2011.
Geometer's Sketchpad Lesson
Date: April, 2011
Presenter: Rina Martinez-Viramontes
Description: At the Third Annual Southwest NMSTEM-C conference, Martinez-Viramontes led a group of teachers through a Geometer's Sketchpad lesson that could be implemented in the middle school grade level.
AP Calculus and AP Statistics Forums
Date: April, 2011
Location: Indianapolis - NCTM Annual conference
Presenter: John F. Mahoney
Description: John participated in both the AP Calculus panel and the AP Statistics panel.
NCSM 2011 Annual Meeting
Date: April 21, 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Presenters: Cal Armstrong & Art Mabbott
Description: Art and Cal gave a presentation on the ways in which they can leverage digital spaces both in and outside the classroom to encourage mathematical discussion.
NCTM 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Date: April 21, 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Speaker: John F. Mahoney
Description: Mahoney's 3:30 pm talk is titled "AP Statistics: An Introduction to an Ideal High School Capstone Course."

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