Teacher Workshop Schedule


Our mission is to support educators in their quest to provide quality instruction to elementary, middle school, and high school mathematics students. Some teachers have requested refresher high school level mathematics sessions to gain perspective regarding what their students will need to know for future courses. Some teachers want to see alternative ways to present particular topics. Teachers have requested support in using technology to enhance their lessons. In response to these requests, the Center for Recruitment and Retention is pleased to announce a series of teacher workshops. Our intent is to provide experiences to deepen mathematical understandings.

Space for each workshop is limited. You are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Priority is given to teachers from partnership schools and districts.

If you have questions about the workshops, or if you have trouble using the registration forms, please contact Ginny Bohme.
vbohme@math.arizona.edu


Fall 2014 Workshops

Wonders of the Number System: Signed Numbers, Rationality and Irrationality (Grades 6-8)

One of the central challenges of middle school mathematics is learning how to write, order, and operate with positive and negative rational numbers. In this workshop, we will explore different strategies for introducing signed numbers and how to represent and order them. We will also consider models for addition and subtraction that are used in elementary school, and see how these can be extended to make sense of addition and subtraction of signed numbers.
In the last two sessions, we will work with different representations of rational numbers and explore the relationship between the fraction and decimal representations of a number. We will also examine relationships between rational and irrational numbers.
Throughout the workshop, we will explore middle school mathematics with problem sets, group discussions, and hands-on activities. We will also read the Common Core Progression for the Number System domain and see what research says about student learning of the rational number system.

Presenter:     Cody Patterson
      Date:     Thursdays- November 6, 13, 20 This is a change as of Oct 23.
      Time:     5:15-7:15 PM
Location:   Gould-Simpson Room 849
      Earn:     6 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Teachers in our partnership districts and schools (listed below) may attend at no cost.
Others may register for $90 for the 3 session workshop. Payment is due at the beginning of the first session. Checks may be written to The University of Arizona. This is not considered a tax-deductible donation since it is a payment for services rendered.

Click here to register for the Wonders of the Number System: Signed Numbers, Rationality and Irrationality (Grades 6-8).


Connecting Geometry and Algebra Using Conic Sections

For a given mathematical concept, do you prefer a more algebraic or geometric perspective? The best answer is "no." The primary goal of this workshop is to "fill in the gap" between the two perspectives and facilitate the transition between them. Our playground will be conic sections and quadric surfaces, and we will make extensive use of various mathematical softwares (for which no background is required). Presenter:     Scott Kaschner
      Date:     Tuesdays - Nov. 18, Nov. 25, and Dec. 2
      Time:     5:15 - 7:15 PM
Location:   Gould-Simpson Room 849
      Earn:     6 hours of professional development credit for re-certification.

Teachers in our partnership districts and schools (listed below)may attend at no cost.
Others may register for $90 for the 3 session workshop. Payment is due at the beginning of the first session. Checks may be written to The University of Arizona. This is not considered a tax-deductible donation since it is a payment for services rendered.

Click here to register for Connecting Geometry and Algebra Using Conic Sections.




The following districts/schools maintain a partnership with the Center.

Districts

Altar Valley School District
Amphitheater Public Schools
Catalina Foothills School District
Flowing Wells Unified School District
Marana Unified School District
Sahuarita Unified School District
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District
Sunnyside Unified School District
Tanque Verde Unified School District
Tucson Unified School District
Vail School District

Schools

San Miguel High School
The Gregory School
Pima Community College- Mathematics and Mathematics-Education Instructors

We appreciate any suggestions you have for additional workshops.



Center of Recruitment & Retention
Department of Mathematics
The University of Arizona
617 N. Santa Rita
Tucson, AZ 85721