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Middle School High School Math Lab Reunion

TARGET AUDIENCE:
MATH LAB SCHOOL GRADUATES INCLUDING; GRADE 6-12 TEACHERS, SPECIAL EDUCATORS, MATH SPECIALISTS

PREREQUISITE: MUST HAVE ATTENDED A SUMMER MATH LAB SCHOOL WITH MAHESH SHARMA

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

This is a unique opportunity for middle level and high school educators who have previously attended a summer Math Lab School with Mahesh Sharma.

By establishing this prior Math Lab School prerequisite, we are providing an advance training opportunity for educators who want to take their summer mathematics professional development experience to a deeper level. In this workshop Mahesh will facilitate the groups discussion around a few of the most powerful content and pedagogy components covered in the summer Math Lab School (see list below).

Participants will be able to shape the workshop dialogue by raising application issues that they find most in need of further inquiry.

We are also hoping that this particular workshop will be of interest to participants who might be interested in serving in the role of a Math Lab School trainer or coach for their district or the LAPDA region.

Participants will formalize and extend the relationships between and integration of logical, arithmetical, algebraical, functional, geometrical, probabilistic, linguistic, and statistical reasoning, models and applications.

Understand that Algebra is generalized arithmetic

  • The critical and central ideas of beginning algebra: to become fluent in using symbols so as to do generalized arithmetic, the role of relationships and functions and their multiple representations. Arithmetic of algebraic expressions (including the behaviors of polynomials and rational fractions)—addition, subtraction, multiplication and division;
  • Understanding and mastering the representation of and operations on information (data) linguistically (expressing ideas in words), arithmetically (number relationships including determinants and matrices), algebraically (expressions, systems of equations and inequalities), geometrically (pictorially, tabular, curves, figures), functionally (operations and compositions), discrete methods (determinants, matrices, flow charts, and probabilistically;
  • Intra- and interrelationships between algebra and geometry (two and three dimensional relationships, coordinate geometry; polar vs Cartesian, etc.)

About the Instructor

Mahesh Sharma is known for his groundbreaking work in mathematics education, he is an author, teacher and teacher-trainer, researcher, consultant to public and private schools, as well as a public lecturer. He is the Chief Editor of Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, an international, interdisciplinary, research mathematics journal with readership in more than 70 countries, and the editor of the Math Notebook, a practical source of information for parents and teachers devoted to improving teaching and learning for all children.