Mathematical Education Speaker Series
The Mathematics Education speaker series, presented by the Graduate School of Education, seeks to bring local mathematics educators together to share their expertise on essential math education issues for grades K-12. The speaker series is open to all, with a special invitation to local researchers and teachers, as well as UMass Lowell graduate and undergraduate students interested in teaching mathematics.
This fall, Joshua Abrams, Mark Driscoll, Johannah Nikula, and Stanley Dick will come to UMass Lowell to speak about their mathematics research and teaching experiences.
All speaker sessions will be held on Mondays, from 4-6 pm, at Pasteur 106. Parking is available on the North Campus Parking Garage, which is open to all after 3:30 pm.
|Sept. 23, 2013
|Oct. 21, 2013
Mark Driscoll and Johannah Nikula
|Nov. 18, 2013
Read More about the Speakers!
"Are Two Parties Too Few? Investigating Political Systems Teaches the Skills of Mathematical Modeling"
Mathematical modeling involves representing and discovering something new about situations from other disciplines. The focus of these efforts is on learning how to apply, in unfamiliar situations, the rich set of mathematics skills that students have already studied. This workshop will introduce the cycle of mathematical modeling and ways to teach the process explicitly.The presentation will include information on translating these ideas to the classroom and adopting the role of modeling coach. Examples of student projects will be shared.
Joshua Abrams, Head of School, Meridian Academy, Mathematics, Science, and Technology
B.S. in Biology, Yale University.
M.A. in Mathematics Education, Columbia University.
Josh has been a teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher leader for over thirty years. Since 2003, he has been the founder and Head of School of Meridian Academy, an intentionally small, urban, project-based, interdisciplinary secondary school. Prior to that, Josh taught mathematics and science research in a variety of schools including positions as Master Teacher of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, a state-wide public magnet school, and Mathematics Department Head at The Rivers School. He has taught in settings ranging from prisons to suburban day schools. Josh's focus is on helping students learn how to pose their own pure and applied questions and then use the tools of the different disciplines to answer those questions. He has published materials on teaching open-ended mathematics research (www2.edc.org/makingmath/mathproj.asp) and mathematical modeling. Josh has also worked with students on extra-curricular activities including Model United Nations, math club, and juggling. In 1998, he was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics from President Clinton.
Mark Driscoll and Johannah Nikula, Education Development Center
"Visual Representations Supporting Mathmatics Learning and Communication for English Learners"
Visual representations such as tape diagrams, number lines, and geometric drawings have the potential to support students’ mathematical problem solving as well as the development of their mathematical language and communication. Learn about links between research in problem solving and cognitive science to the use of visual representations for students who are English learners, and experience activities designed to support students in using visual representations.
Details to be announced.
If you have any questions about the series, please contact Dr. Roser Gine