Mathematics: What's the Big Idea?

# Workshop Synopses

Workshop #1 — PATTERNS AND FUNCTIONS: What Comes Next?
Guide: Andee Rubin
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.

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Workshop #2 — DATA: Posing Answers and Finding Questions
Guide: Timothy Erickson
From the earliest grades, students learn to connect situations, data, and graphs. We'll see data displays as they develop through the grades - and we may even solve a mystery or two.

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Workshop #3 — GEOMETRY: Castles and Shadows
Guide: Andee Rubin
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. We will see that the relationship betwen two and three-dimensional representations is at the very core of geometry.

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Workshop #4 — MORE GEOMETRY: Quilts and Palaces
Guide: Beryl W. Jackson
Geometry appears in beautiful works of art, architectural wonders, and physical structures. We will explore geometrical figures, transformations, and connections to art and science.

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Workshop #5 — WHOLE NUMBERS: Memory and Discovery
Guide: Timothy Erickson
What does it take to develop fluency with whole number calculation? We will compare algorithms and explore mental math strategies.

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Workshop #6 — RATIO AND PROPORTION: When is a Third More Than a Half?
Guide: Beryl W. Jackson
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.

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Workshop #7 — ALGEBRA: It Begins in Kindergarten
Guide: Monica Neagoy
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.

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Workshop #8 — THE FUTURE OF MATHEMATICS: Ferns and Galaxies
Guide: Monica Neagoy
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 we will discuss possible directions for mathematics in the 21st century.

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Mathematics: What's the Big Idea?