Date: *February 5th, 2009*

Undergirding the paper-and-pencil manipulations of linear-sequential abstract math symbols is the world of 2-dimensional pictorial representations and 3-dimensional spatial representations with manipulatives. This is an interactive world, and it is at our fingertips for exploring mathematics. The beauty of it is that it allows us to literally SEE and DO the math. This makes math […]

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Date: *January 30th, 2009*

Using charts or tree diagrams to represent probabilities, participants will solve problems of simple and conditional probability, including the probability of winning the lottery and the Monty Hall Problem. Participants will use grams of fat in McDonald’s meals to analyze data with a stem and leaf plot and a box and whiskers plot. A scatter […]

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Date: *January 30th, 2009*

When students do not get place value, especially to the right of the decimal point, how can they make any sense of scientific notation? Participants will use base ten blocks to model numbers on both sides of the decimal point and write those numbers in standard form, in various expanded forms, and in scientific notation. […]

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Date: *January 30th, 2009*

With interlocking cubes, participants will build three-dimensional constructions following a growing pattern and record the number of blocks needed for each iteration. Participants will create a difference table to find the degree of the function that describes the growing pattern. Matching this table with a difference table for the standard form for that degree equation […]

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Date: *January 30th, 2009*

Representing mathematics concepts with concrete manipulatives provides visual, spatial, tactile, and kinesthetic input to the learner and allows for greater participation in the learning process by the right half of the brain. Using 2-color chips, dice, and algebra tiles, participants will model operations with integers and will add, subtract, and evaluate polynomials, solve equations, multiply […]

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Date: *January 30th, 2009*

Using base ten blocks, participants will find that we don’t have to start on the right side when we add and subtract, that we don’t have to borrow in subtraction EVER if we don’t want to, that we can multiply 2-digit numbers in our heads, and that we can divide however we want to, so […]

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Date: *January 28th, 2009*

Participants will explore the variety of methods that real people use to do computation in real life that differ from the one “right” way learned in school. Base 10 blocks will be used to represent whole numbers and decimals, and pattern blocks will be used to represent fractions. This workshop is applicable to all persons, […]

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Date: *January 28th, 2009*

Participants will be introduced to a variety of classroom activities that use interlocking cubes and dice to give concrete experiences to primary students in the areas of counting, number sense, spatial sense, logic and reasoning, problem solving, probability, and statistics. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to teach the concepts covered through […]

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Date: *January 28th, 2009*

Participants will gather and process data using a variety of statistics concepts and methods: range, rank order listing, median, frequency distribution, mode, mean, stem-and-leaf plot, box plot, and scatter plot. Upon completion of the workshop participants will know how to collect data relevant to students’ lives as a vehicle for learning the methods of statistical […]

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Date: *January 28th, 2009*

Participants will use cards, coins, and dice to explore the concept of probability. Upon completion of the workshop participants will know a variety of hands-on activities to do with students in the classroom to introduce, reinforce, and assess understanding of probability principles.

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