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Good Ideas in Teaching Precalculus And...

... Algebra, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Probability & Statistics, with Technology

Rutgers University - Busch Campus - New Brunswick
Friday, March 19, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


A) What Algebra and Geometry Topics are Needed for Precalculus

Are we providing our algebra and geometry students with what they need to succeed when they subsequently take our precalculus courses? What are the key ideas that may need more emphasis in these classes? Moderator: TBA

B) What to Keep and What to Leave Out of Calculus & Precalculus

Incorporating technology and new topics in precalculus and calculus classes have forced us to think about which traditional topics should be deleted or given less emphasis. This session will provide us an opportunity to share our thoughts and our solutions. Moderator: TBA

C) Veterans Share with Newer Teachers How to Survive

New teachers are often assigned upper-level high school courses like precalculus and calculus. If you’re a new teacher, what questions do you have about these courses (or other courses)? Veteran teachers, come share your helpful ideas. Moderator: TBA

D) Assessment in Algebra & Geometry Classes

Mid-terms and final exams can serve different purposes and take a variety of formats; other forms of assessment as used as well.. What do your assessments communicate about what you value in your algebra and geometry courses? What kinds of question formats do you use? Bring samples from your own midterm or final exam and compare with others. Share with the other participants the project ideas that you use as alternate forms of assessment in your classes. Moderator: TBA

E) Effective Use of Technology in Calculus & Precalculus Classes

This sharing session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn from each other about their experiences in using alternate forms of assessment in their own classes. Moderator: TBA

F) Strategies for Undoing Common Student Mistakes

What are the most common errors made by your students? Bring some to share! Have you discovered a strategy to help overcome the errors? A handout (assessment quiz) that highlights some student errors will be provided. Collectively we may discover a strategy to help them avoid these errors. Moderator: TBA

G) Preparing High School Students for College Math

How can we best prepare high school students for success in college mathematics? An open discussion. Moderator: TBA

H) The Algebra I Assessment: Impact on Curricula

What impact is the new Algebra I Assessment having on your district's curriculum? How is your district planning to fit the additional material in the assessment into an Algebra I course? An open discussion. Moderator: TBA

I) The Algebra I Assessment: Impact on Classrooms

What impact is the new Algebra I Assessment having on your classroom and those of your colleagues? An open discussion. Moderator: TBA

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