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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: Michael Thayer

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: Anita Schuloff

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: Doug Smith

D) How the Financial Literacy Requirement is Being Implemented

The new financial literacy requirement is likely being implemented in different ways in different districts. In some high schools, this may be primarily the responsibility of the math department, whereas in others, the math teachers may have nothing to do with ensuring that all students develop financial literacy. How will it work in your school and district? Moderator: Kathleen Carter

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: Angelo DeMattia

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 that highlights some student errors will be provided. Collectively we may discover a strategy to help them avoid these errors. Moderator: Eric Berkowitz

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: Kevin Merges

H) Impact of the Algebra I Assessment

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

I) Impact of the Geometry Assessment

What impact will the new Geometry Assessment having on your district's curriculum? What impact will the assessment having on your classroom and those of your colleagues? An open discussion. Moderator: David Glatzer

J) Impact of the Alternative High School Assessment (AHSA)

Is the AHSA (Alternative High School Assessment) evidence of "meeting student needs" or "dumbing down to permit graduation"? Moderator: Joyce Leslie

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