November 15, 2007
a symposium sponsored by EDC's Center for Mathematics Education and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
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.