Developing True Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics
& Statistics through Active Learning

Balboa Bay Club & Resort   Newport Beach, CA
Friday, March 19, 2010, 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.

This hands-on workshop will explore the benefits of using an active learning approach in your classroom. We will also show how the active learning approach can be used in a class of any size, by instructors who are doing it, how to engage students more deeply in the course material, how to communicate those ideas with each other, and how develop critical thinking skills. Participants will be asked to think about addressing desired course outcomes in different ways, and will come away with problems, projects, and activities that they can use in their classrooms now.

Join us for this unique opportunity to CONNECT & COLLABORATE with experts in the field…

    Math for Most Students: What, Why, and How
    Speaker: Michael Starbird, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Mathematical thinking has produced some of the greatest triumphs of human thought and is full of creativity, intrigue, and imagination. Most students and adults who are not technically oriented have an impression about mathematics, but "creative," "intriguing," and "imaginative" are not the adjectives most use to convey that impression. So the challenge is to make significant mathematical ideas accessible, fascinating, and inspirational to everyone. Topics in a typical college algebra course do not leap to our minds as thrilling ideas. In this session, Michael Starbird discusses ideas we find intriguing, such as infinity, the fourth dimension, fractals, chaos, coincidences, and many more.

    Statistics in Action
    Speaker: Ann E. Watkins, Ph.D., California State University, Northridge

If students are to learn to understand statistical ideas, the orientation of the introductory statistics course must change from a lecture-and-listen format to one that engages students in active learning. This is the premise underlying several decades of effort to produce hands-on activities that require little preparation, work well in various classroom settings, and illustrate the essential statistical concepts covered in a typical introductory college course. You will participate in some tried-and-true activities that promote statistical reasoning, including one that involves data from a real-world courtroom case that can be used to jump-start your statistics class or to introduce basic statistical ideas in any class.

    Helping students engage in the classroom: Mathematics concepts in Algebra, Precalculus, and Calculus
    Speaker: Phil Cheifetz, Ph.D., Nassau Community College

For students who need to learn how to use Algebra, Precalculus and Calculus to model real-life phenomena, faculty may need to rethink how they are currently teaching their courses. It is important that students learn not only how to manipulate symbols, but also how to apply the concepts covered in these courses to other fields and to new situations. Our speaker will show how he engages students to meet these varied needs by learning how to construct a set of deeper questions to challenge students' abilities to think about what they are doing. Many examples that would engage students will be offered for discussion. Then, the participants, divided into small groups, will actively engage in much the same way students would, by creating probing, conceptual questions. Finally, the created questions will be shared among all participants.


Location: 1221 West Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92663
Date: Friday, March 19th, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Balboa Bay Club & Resort

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