InterMath | Workshop Support
Rockdale County

InterMath - Algebra

INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Ledford
EMAIL: sledford@uga.edu

Outline | Participant Pages | Assessment Pages |Algebra Content Explored

GOALS ADDRESSED

Participants will:

IMPROVEMENT PRACTICES

Participants will gain knowledge and practice in developing instructional activities and strategies for teaching algebra in the middle school classroom in order to positively affect student achievement. Participants will also improve their own mathematical competencies in the area of algebra.

COMPETENCIES
Participants will be able to:

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

ASSESSMENT

Participants will be assessed on the content and quality of their online portfolios. Feedback and suggested modifications for a select number of write-ups will be provided throughout the workshop. Assessment will be based on use of representation, analysis, appropriate selection and use of technological tools, creation of extensions, and accuracy of mathematics. In addition to the investigation write-ups, the participants will also create a mathematics lesson that integrates technology and algebra for use in their own classroom.

COURSE OUTLINE

I. Class 1

A. Introduction to InterMath
B. Introduction to Technology
C. Work through an algebra investigation as a whole class using technology
D. Discuss the components and structure of a write-up (including extensions)

II. Class 2

A. Participants engage in investigations of Variables and Expressions.
B. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios
C. Participants work on variable and expression investigation, spreadsheet skills, and/or other topic covered in class

III. Classes 3-4

A. Participants engage in the Patterns investigations
B. Participants begin their first web page write-ups to include in their online portfolios
C. Continued technological teaching and support (especially with Excel and the structure of a write-up)

IV. Class 5

A. Introduction of graphing program
B. Class works through an algebra investigation together that uses the graphing program technology and graphing calculators
C. Participants explore investigations using graphing software and graphing calculators
D. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios

V. Classes 6-7

A. Participants engage investigations of Equalities and Inequalities
B. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios
C. Revisit and revise a write-up

VI. Class 8

A. Participants engage in investigations of Functions
B. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios

VII. Class 9

A. Participants begin Linear Function and Linear Inequalities investigations
B. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios

VIII. Class 10

A. Participants continue Linear Function and Linear Inequalities investigations
B. Introduction of dynamic geometry software
C. Participants add write-ups to their online portfolios

IX. Class 11

A. Participants engage in investigations of Nonlinear functions
B. Discuss and brainstorm ideas about modifying InterMath experience for a middle school mathematics classroom

X. Class 12

A. Participants engage in investigations of Polynomial Functions
B. Participants add write-up to their online portfolios
C. Adapt an InterMath investigation into an instructional activity for middle school students – Whole class or small group activity

XI. Class 13

A. Participants engage in investigations focused on Inverses of Functions and Systems of Inequalities in Two Variables
B. Participants add write-ups and middle school lesson plan to their online portfolios

XII. Class 14

A. Each participant creates a technology-enhanced mathematical investigation for their own classroom
B. If the activity was implemented in the classroom, participant will discuss what went well, what was difficult, what can be improved, etc.
C. Each participant will take a mathematics exam

MATHEMATICAL CONTENT EXPLORED THROUGH THE INVESTIGATIONS
(Click Here to see a list of selected InterMath investigations clustered for Algebra )

Patterns

Functions and Equations

Graphing