Presentations

The following workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your school or district.  You may e-mail or use the contact form to request additional information.


Understanding Functions

This is an in-depth look at Common Core Learning Standards within the Functions conceptual category for high school mathematics.  We explore essential understandings about functions and how these important mathematical ideas relate to one another. Participants will grapple with common misconceptions of the function concept and take away strategies for teaching students to interpret and build functions. Emphasis is placed on linear, quadratic, and exponential models.


Mathematical Modeling in Algebra

Mathematical modeling is both a conceptual category and a standard for mathematical practice. Participants will explore the role of mathematical modeling and identify the different components of the modeling cycle within Algebra 1 tasks.  We will experience modeling tasks from the student perspective and discuss instructional implications for educators.


The Power of Counterexamples

Participants will explore how counterexamples can be used to expose misconceptions, deepen conceptual understanding, and help students to construct viable arguments. This workshop is aligned with Standard for Mathematical Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.  We will focus on how teachers can use counterexamples to dispel misconceptions and how students can use counterexamples to explore the truth of their conjectures.


Alive with Desmos

Concepts come to life with Desmos! Enhance your lessons and extend students’ conceptual understanding with this dynamic graphing calculator, available free at desmos.com. Use sliders to extend beyond what can  be done with your typical handheld calculator and help students visualize connections among concepts as well as to real life phenomena. Capitalize on students’ curiosity and intuitiveness to maximize engagement.

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