Math Workshops at Bluffton UniversityDuring the summer of 2008, math teachers from our schools were able to take classes at Bluffton University in order to enhance their skills as a STEM educator. The courses that were offered and a brief description can be found below:
High School Master Teacher - This 3-day course was designed to help the mathematics teacher become better equipped to teach geometry at the high school level. Using the Geometry and the Measurement Standards from the Ohio Department of Education and from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this course provided the experienced teacher, the novice, and all those in between, a look at what the student should know and be able to do by the end of his/her geometry class.
Make-It, Take-It Activities – High school mathematics teachers attended this workshop which included topics such as geometry, number theory, algebra and problem solving. The participants develop hands-on materials and many activities that could be used in their classrooms, and had the opportunity to interact and share ideas with others.
Special Features on the Graphing Calculator – Teachers attending this course learned, refreshed, and reviewed the TI 83/84 Graphing Calculator. Special features of the TI-84 were demonstrated, differences among calculators were addressed, and topics of current interest in state and national mathematics education were discussed.
Become a Master Teacher of Middle School Mathematics, Course 2 – This course was designed for sixth through eighth grade teachers of mathematics. Topics included, but were not limited to, geometry, number theory, algebra and problem solving. The participants develop hands-on materials and many activities that could be used in their classrooms, and had the opportunity to interact and share ideas with others.
Mathematics HQT Certification - This 3-day course was designed for the Middle School or High School intervention specialists and mathematics teachers. These teachers became more knowledgeable about teaching mathematics, including learning more details about many phases of the Mathematics Achievement Tests and the Ohio Graduation Test.