Subject: The Annenberg/CPB Channel presents Mathematics: What's the Big Idea? (fwd)

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Subject: The Annenberg/CPB Channel presents  Mathematics: What's the Big Id=

The Annenberg/CPB Channel presents=20
Mathematics: What's the Big Idea?=20
An Eight-Part Workshop Series for K-8 Teachers  of Mathematics=20
October 14 - December 9, 1997=20

*** Mathematics:  What's the Big Idea? ***

What do quilts have to do with palaces? And when is a third more than a
half?  K-8 teachers of mathematics will contemplate these and other
provocative questions in the live 8-week national workshop series,
Mathematics: What's the Big Idea? coming  to the Annenberg/CPB Channel
this fall.  =20

This series will offer motivation and tools to pre-and in-service
teachers who want to explore ways of changing how to teach math.  Using
a variety of models, activities, and video clips from the Annenberg Math
and Science Collection, participants will reflect upon their own
practice, and discuss ideas for teaching innovation with their
colleagues across the country using telephone, fax, email, and the

Teachers who participate in the entire workshop series are eligible for
two graduate credits from Colorado State University; tuition for the
course is $90.00.  Certificates of participation are also available.

These workshops are offered FREE.  Consult the media specialist in your
school district, college or university to find out if you can receive
the Channel's digital Digicipher2/MPeg2 satellite signal.  Also, some
public access cable stations offer the Channel's programs to their local
communities.  Each workshop will be conducted twice (live) from
3:15-5:15  p.m.and 6:15-8:15 p.m. (to accomodate western time zones).

*** Taking Part ***

Are you are interested in coordinating a group of teachers to
participate in this series?  If you would like to take part in the
workshops, or if you have additional questions about the Channel's
programs, please contact us at 800-556-4376.  Or, visit our web site at

*** Workshop Descriptions ***

I.  Oct. 14 --Patterns and Functions: What Comes Next?
Mathematics is about patterns waiting to be found.  Patterns surround us
from birth -- in sight, in sound, in words, in music.  This program sets
the stage for the whole series, demonstrating how students' explorations
of patterns grow richer and more complex as they move through school.
(Guide: Andee Rubin)

II. Oct. 21--Data: Posing Answers and Finding Questions
>From the earliest grades, students learn to connect situations, data and
graphs.  We'll see data displays as they develop through the grades =96
and we may even solve a mystery or two. (Guide: Tim Erickson)

III. Oct. 28--Geometry: Castles and Shadows
Every day, when we look at shadows around us, we interpret flat
representations of three-dimensional objects.  When we wrap packages, we
create three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional representations.=20
We will see that the relationship between two and three-dimensional
representations is at the very core of geometry. (Guide: Andee Rubin)

IV. Nov. 4--More Geometry: Quilts and Palaces
Geometry appears in beautiful works of art, architectural wonders, and
physical structures.  We will explore geometrical figures,
transformations, and connections to art and science. (Guide: Miriam

V. Nov. 18--Whole Numbers: Memory and Discovery
What does it take to develop fluency with whole-number calculation?  We
will compare algorithms and explore mental math strategies. (Guide: Tim

VI. Nov. 25--Ratio and Proportion: When is a third more than a half?
Our students often develop misconceptions about fractions which affect
their mathematical development.  We will work with rational numbers and
activities dealing with ratio, proportions, and that big stumbling
block, equivalent fractions. (Guide: Miriam Leiva)

VII. Dec. 2--Algebra: It begins in kindergarten.
The teaching of algebra is moving away from the static manipulation of
skills to the dynamic exploration of relations.  We will trace the
fundamental concepts that students can develop through the grades to
help them enjoy and be successful with new approaches to algebra.
(Guide: Monica Neagoy)

VIII. Dec. 9--The Future of Mathematics: Ferns and Galaxies
The advent of new technologies in the classroom creates new visions of
school mathematics.  We will discover amazing mathematics that could not
exist today without the power of computers, and discuss possible
directions for mathematics in the 21st century. (Guide: Monica Neagoy)

Content Guides

Timothy Erickson, Ph.D., Consultant, the Edmonds (Washington)
Mathematics Project, WGBH Boston, Theatrix Interactive, Key Curriculum
Press, and New Standards.

Miriam A. Leiva, Ph.D., Bonnie E. Cone Distinguished Professor for
Teaching and Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of North
Carolina at Charlotte.

Monica Neagoy, Ph.D., Mathematics Educator at Georgetown University. =20

Andee Rubin, Senior Scientist, Technical Education Research Centers
(TERC), Cambridge, MA

The Annenberg/CPB Channel is a free satellite/web service produced for
the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project by the Smithsonian
Institution and Harvard University, in partnership with the
Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET).