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Math Training and Curriculum Development in Support of

21st Century Mathematics Learning

Rationale: MICDS is moving into a 1:1 environment that will require the development of
a sustainable, forward-thinking curriculum. The math department is embracing the
concept of math research and project based learning and is determining how to move
forward in an environment that is 1:1 and affords additional opportunities for teaching
and learning. This proposal is to provide a training and curriculum development program
of 50 hours for all math faculty to better prepare us for a implementing a successful 1:1
mathematics environment.

Primary Participants – Will Hansen, Alan Begrowicz, John Pais, Elizabeth Helfant
Secondary Participants – Josh Smith, Chris Muskopf, Paul Reinki, Bill Werremeyer, Joan
Llufrio, Veena Krishnan,

1. Articulate what our philosophy should be in light of our own experiences as
educators and recent learning initiatives (Best Practices, Classroom Instruction
that Works, Four Domains, Brain research) and the institutional move to a 1:1
2. Acquire deeper knowledge about a variety of software applications that can be
utilized to deepen students understandings of math and diversify our methods of
teaching so we are better able to help our students learn
3. Expose ourselves to external experts and how they approach a 21st century math
4. Provide time to revise curriculum to align with philosophy of the math
department, 21st century skills and 1:1 environment
5. Develop student projects and daily activities that utilize software applications
learned, include skills set forth in the Library and Instructional Technology
Mission Statement, and leverage the power of a 1:1 learning environment

Internal Conversations
June 2 – Framing the Summer- Will Hansen (2hrs)
• What is our philosophy of teaching Mathematics and how has it or should it
change in light of 1:1 and our 21st century learners?
• What content should change? (process – form a conjecture and test it; explore and
find similarities – how can technology facilitate this- emphasis on testing it )
• What things do we want students to get from our math curriculum – skills,
experiences, content,general problem solving techniques and attitudes that are not
math specific?
• How can we teach students to transfer skills and concepts?
• How can we use projects to encourage learning, risk-taking, communication (in a
variety of representational modes) and skill acquisition?
• How do we assess process?
• How do we align/sequence with science?

He makes extensive use of blogs and web 2. We will explore the basic use of the tool and will June 24 (4 hours 8:30-12:30) Lab Quest. We will use 3 half days to examine Stella and develop some curriculum that utilizes Stella and supports the 1:1 and his class blog can be seen here-http://apcalc07. June 17 (4 hours 8:30-12:30) Fathom – Alan Begrowicz Fathom is mathematics software that allows for the analysis of datasets. • How do we lessen the "evaporation" of learned knowledge and skills from one year to the next • Math is everywhere. and World Materials Modules – Elizabeth Helfant and Al Begrowicz July 7 (full day – 6 hrs + lunch) Web 2. It does have a learning curve associated with it. STEM. July 24 (full day – 6 hrs + lunch) Webassign and 21st Century Assessment– Elizabeth Helfant and Aaron Titus . It is software that students who continue on in mathematics will definitely have to work with. • What research projects did we do this year? • What worked in those projects? • What did we learn from them? • What Rubrics were effective? • How have we used formative assessment? Training Sessions June July 17 – Maple –John Pais Maple is visualization software that can help students “see” math processes. His blog can be seen here: http://adifference.blogspot.0 tools while exposing his students to real world scenarios and requiring that they reflect on their use of mathematics. It is also useful for exposing students to some introductory programming skills.0 and the 21st Century Learner Speaker – Darren Karapatwa (Speaker stipend needs to come from Professional development fund or math department) Darren Karapatwa has established himself as a premier user of technology in the math classroom. 11.blogspot. How do we make it real and accessible and alive for kids? June 3-Sharing our Expertise – Al Begrowicz (2 hours) Let’s share and discuss what we have in place that we can develop. It has been use sparingly in Upper School but could become an integral part of math and science research. 12 (half days – 9-11:45 – 8 hours) Stella – Pat Woessner and Speaker TBD Stella is a mathematics modeling software application that has merit for mathematics education.

we should be able to leverage it more.$2000 Webassign instructor _ $1500 Note: Need external funding (professional development or Thomas grant or need to use math or CIT budget funds.75 = $620 for secondary partiipants) (45 hrs training + 15 hours preparation of training materials for primary participants = $975) Total Stipends . Each grade level will identify possible projects and align them with a departmental scope and sequence so students can create a math portfolio demonstrating project based learning. . Independent work – Each major topic will conclude with a homework assignment that should require an hour of work. The Math Department will examine it mission and begin to identify a new set of collective goals. Outcomes: Each teacher will examine. Budget Budget will need to be reduced or supplemented with other sources.$1500+ expenses Stella instructor . July 29 (3 hrs + lunch) Final Meeting – Sharing and Planning – Will Hansen We will meet to discuss what we have learned and how we can sustain it when school starts. Elizabeth Helfant is submitting a Thomas Grant for 1:1 external training and will simultaneously submit to Professional development committee.$975 stipend = $2925 Secondary Participants (6). discuss. Each teacher will increase her/his skill set with technology tools available to facilitate mathematics teaching so that they are better prepared for the 1:1 environment. The stipend includes 40 hours of face time and 5 hours of independent work to ensure follow up on each topic. and reflect on what good math teaching is for today’s students. Participant Stipends Primary Participants (3).$700 = $4200 (45 hours of training at the Orthwein rate of $15. Total budget is below.$7125 Lunch on 3days $375 Speakers – Darren K.WebAssign will be our online assessment tool and with each student now having a machine in class. We will explore options for supporting each other with technology and curriculum revision.

.Equipment There are equipment needs but these will be met from the math budget and sessions have been placed to allow a July order for the needed equipment.