Calculus for Teachers, I
Meeting dates and times
: Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1 8:00-500
This course builds upon prior courses in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. It is designed to introduce teachers to the branch of mathematics known as calculus in a way that relates calculus to the mathematics taught in the K-8 classroom. Topics include the idea of a limit, the role limits play in K-8 mathematics, and the concept of instantaneous change. Course goals include reinforcing and extending arithmetic, algebra, and geometry knowledge and skills through problem solving involving calculus, and empowering teachers with a deep understanding of how capability in K-8 arithmetic and algebra is foundational for success in higher-level mathematics.
As in all VMI courses, attention will be given to effective K-8 mathematics practice.
This includes ongoing classroom observation by a VMI field mentor, conducting a systemic inquiry into practice in collaboration with the VMI mentor, demonstrating willingness to receive and use feedback about instructional practices, developing lesson plans in the context of overall curriculum, and sharing work with and critiquing work of other VMI teachers.
All VMI teachers should take with them from their work on calculus:
Appreciation of the importance of arithmetic as the gatekeeper for all higher mathematics
An understanding of the idea of a „limit,‟ and the role that idea can play in K
-8 teaching (e.g. in the study of area, division, rates and change, in the applications of area beyond geometry and in student enrichment)
The understanding of
„instantaneous,; how we model instantaneous change
mathematically, and the way in which the concept of a limit can be used to make sense of 0/0
The understanding of how to use the concept of a limit to calculate area of a region having a curved boundary.
he important applications of „area‟ that
go far beyond geometry into the nooks and crannies of everyday life