^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 508/468-0073 "Wrinkles only go where smiles have been." Jimmy Buffett ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 20:52:13 -0400 From: Nicole Stark <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, susana@westport..mec.edu, Amy_Tonkonogy@wgbh.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com= , firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: The Annenberg/CPB Channel presents Mathematics: What's the Big Id= ea?=20 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 Internet. 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 www.learner.org/k12/acpbtv. *** 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 Leiva) 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 Erickson) 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).