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Modeling in Mathematics for Experienced Teachers

This course has concluded. Check back later in 2016 for more Mathematics professional develoment opportunities!

Course Description: 

We make enormous promises to our students that mathematics models the world they live in. Unfortunately, most textbook word problems look nothing like that world; these exercises are also a far cry from modeling as it’s practiced by mathematicians. Instead of, for example, attempting to formulate, analyze, and validate a metric to predict viral YouTube videos, students spend time plugging numbers into equations about cannonball flight paths. The adoption of the CCSS is a terrific opportunity to redefine mathematical modeling and consider what it means for our students to engage in the modeling process in our classrooms. This course will use modeling as a medium for pondering teaching practices, including how to create and facilitate tasks that are perplexing, challenging, and relevant. We will discuss cross-curricular opportunities, problems that could range in length from minutes to weeks, and projects with low bars for entry and non-existent ceilings. Throughout the week course participants will actively engage in doing, making sense of, and reflecting upon mathematics and teaching. Teachers will also work collaboratively with other participants to develop materials to be used in their own classrooms. 

Keywords: modeling, mathematics, complex tasks, relevant, experienced teachers, cross-curricular, CCSS, Math Practices

Audience: Designed for grades 6 - 12 teachers who have previously taken the Modeling in Math CSET course and/or have experience with mathematical modeling. Dates: This course has concluded.
Format of Course: In-person at Stanford University, part of the Stanford Teaching Festival Cost*: $550 - groups of 3+ paid by school, and international participants
$600 - individual
Units: 2 Status: Closed

*Please note: The cost for this course includes parking, a light breakfast, lunch, and reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page. 

Course Facilitators: 

Avery Pickford is currently a fifth- and sixth-grade math teacher at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA. He has taught math and science for seventeen years to students ranging from third grade to graduate school. He enjoys leading and participating in quality professional development and is always eager to discuss mathematics as a verb.