Math in Action 2005 Program
Session A: 8:40  9:40 am  
A1 Math Activities For All Levels Gail O. Sutton, Forest Hills Central High Are your students bored? Do you want your students to think math is fun? This session will have you immersed in math activities that can be adapted to any level of math. Even high school seniors find them to be fun! Grades 2 – 12 A2 What’s Your Angle? 
A5 Algebra Activities Kevin Dykema,Cathy McEvoy, Mattawan Middle School Come try out some easy to create activities to enrich your algebra classroom that your students will love. Please join in on our fun and excitement. Grades 6  10 A6 HandsOn Math Activities From Africa Christy Heid, Davenport University, GRAPCEP (Grand Rapids Area PreCollege Engineering Program), Nancy Kingsbury, Trinity Lutheran School, Conklin Participate in various handson math activities developed for African secondary Math & Science teachers that are easily adapted to American classrooms. Grades 7 – 12 A7 Proof! Finally A Logical Approach Chris Mikles, CPM/Director of Teacher Education We will begin the development of proof through the introduction of deductive reasoning by way of games. The main goal is to have students develop strategies, draw conclusions and justify their reasoning. Then we will establish three types of proof, emphasizing the need to have students critique each others’ work as they look for the substance in the oral and written arguments and conclusions. Grades 8 – 12 A8 Do You Know Calculus*? (*As Well As Elvis) Timothy Pennings, Hope College Elvis Bogaart Wales Pennings, Welsh Corgi Elvis (my Welsh Corgi) and I show that he can find optimal (quickest) paths to a ball thrown in a lake. We then provide an experimental worksheet for students to determine if they can find optimal paths. Grades 10 – 12 

Session B: 9:50  10:50 am  
B1The Crazy Universe Where Math
And Art Collide Paul Yu, GVSU Mathematics This session will look at a variety of applications of art in mathematics and mathematics in art. The session will conclude with practical ways to implement projects that utilize both mathematics and art in the classroom. Grades K  12 B2KC4
Mathematics And The GLCE’s B3Gotta Have Your POPS:
PatternsOperationsProblem B4Exploring An “Exemplary” Mathematics
Curriculum B5Discovering Algebra Through Data And
Investigations 
B6 Games To Encourage Mathematical
Communication Charlene Beckmann, GVSU Mathematics When do students ever get to talk about mathematics? Usually, only in their mathematics classes! This workshop will present games that you can use with students to encourage mathematical communication, and to help students think deeply about the mathematics they are learning. We will play the games using vocabulary from the Grade Level Content Expectations and Michigan Standards for grades 7  12. Grades 6  12 B7 Multiplying And Dividing Polynomials Using Generic Rectangles Chris Mikles, CPM Educational Program This session will look at the area model, use algebra tiles and the generic rectangle as a basis for multiplying, factoring and then dividing polynomials. No more synthetic division. Grades 8 – 12 B8A Math Teacher Goes To Washington, Learn How You Can Too! David Kapolka, The National Science Foundation Come hear the latest news regarding the Presidential Awards Program and The Einstein Fellowship in Washington DC. The presenter is a math teacher on leave from his teaching position in Grand Rapids and working at the NSF with these two programs. Find out how you could win the Presidential Award or spend a year at NSF, NASA, or on Capitol Hill. Grades K  12


General Session and Lunch: 11:00 am  12:40 pm  
Dr. Edward Roeber, Senior
Executive Director Office of Educational Assessment and Accountability, Michigan Department of Education Lunch and the General Session run concurrently. Participants are invited to take a lunch into the General Session to eat. Update On Michigan’s Assessment and
Accountability Programs 

Session C: 12:50  1:50 pm  
C1 Making Math Fun For The Whole
Family! Matt Wyneken, Pam Wells, Paul Yu, GVSU Mathematics We will discuss what “Family Math Night” is and why it is beneficial for children and their parents, give examples of “Family Math Night” activities, and share our experiences with “Family Math Night.” Grades PreK – 6 C3Elementary Math Teaching
Ideas and Tools 
C2 Problem Solving For
Intervention John Golden, GVSU Mathematics A report from Burton Elementary School where teachers are shifting to a problem solving approach to math to best address student learning. What are they doing? How is it going? Grades K  6
C6 Exploring An “Exemplary” Mathematics Curriculum C7 Beyond Middle and High School Geometry C8 Algebra Tiles: Going from “HandsOn” to
Concepts in Algebra I 

Session D: 2:00  3:00 pm  
D1Lesson Study, Lessons Learned,
and Patterns and Symbols Gail Burrill, Michigan State University Designing, teaching, and debriefing a lesson with the help of thoughtful collegues can help us think about how to develop reasoning and understanding of some central concepts in algebra in some very concrete and unexpected ways. Grades PreK  12 D2Gotta Have Your
POPS: PatternsOperationsProblemSolving D3Elementary Math Teaching Ideas and Tools D4 The Tortoise And The Hare: Discovering Slope
D8

D5 Making Secondary Mathematics
Visual Using Algebra Tiles Virginia Head, CPM Educational Program/Regional Coordinator You’ll see how successful using manipulatives can be. Participants will be using algebra tiles for integer operations, combining like terms, distributive property, multiplication and factoring polynomials. Grades 6 – 12 D6 Functions As A Unifying
Thread in Algebra 2 D7 Stressing The Underlying Structure When
Teaching College D8 Mean, Median, And….Center Of Mass. Using
Mean and Median To 

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Enclose your registration fee of $22.00 per teacher/educator $7.00 per preservice teacher (make checks payable to GVSU) and mail this completed registration form postmarked by February 10, 2005 to: RMSC  MIA 328 Henry Hall Grand Valley State University 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401 

Math in Action Schedule 



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January 3, 2005 Dear Educator, You are cordially invited to attend the annual Math In Action Conference hosted by Grand Valley State University on Thursday, February 24, 2005. The conference will be held in the Eberhard Center on GVSU’s Robert C. Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. Registration begins at 8:00, the first session starts at 8:40, and the conference concludes at 3:00. The theme is “Assessment Through Algebra and Number: Utilizing Multiple Benchmarks”. There will be four sets of concurrent sessions addressing this theme. Each session has eight talks to select from. We are excited to have such a wide variety of speakers from Michigan elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary institutions, as well as speakers from the College Preparatory Mathematics Program coming from as far away as California and Texas. We are excited to have Dr. Edward Roeber from the Michigan Department of Education to deliver a general session address, followed by a questionandanswer session, on an “Update On Michigan’s Assessment and Accountability Programs.” Please join us for an invigorating day. Please tell your colleagues! Sincerely,
