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A Day of Mathematics

Presenter(s): 
Al Cuoco
Presenter(s): 
Bowen Kerins
Presenter(s): 
Sarah Sword
Other Presenter(s): 
Ryota Matsuura
Other Presenter(s): 
Jean Benson
Other Presenter(s): 
Doreen Kilday
Date: 
November 15, 2007
Meeting: 
a symposium sponsored by EDC's Center for Mathematics Education and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Location: 
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

The symposium provided teachers of Algebra 2 and other grade 11–12 high school courses with a chance to

  • explore several important mathematical areas relevant to the high school curriculum,
  • work with the latest technology that will soon make its way into high school classrooms,
  • talk with representatives from higher education and business about the algebra needed by high school graduates in order to succeed in postsecondary institutions, and
  • meet and talk with colleagues from around the state.

In addition to panel discussions and a keynote address by Bill McCallum, the symposium involved two breakout sessions in which teachers had a choice of one of four concurrent workshops, each demonstrating a different use of function modeling language (FML) in the high school mathematics curriculum:

“Computer algebra systems and high school mathematics,” Ryota Matsuura and Sarah Sword.

“How does the bank figure the monthly payment on a loan?” Jean Benson and Doreen Kilday.

“The mathematics behind game shows,” Bowen Kerins.

“Mathematical induction and other stuff,” Al Cuoco.