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Summer Institutes
for Math Teachers

with Henri Picciotto

Center for Innovative Teaching
at the Urban School of San Francisco

The Geometry of Algebra

July 30-August 1, 2007

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In this three-day institute for middle and high school teachers, I will present a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra, including:

  • Lab Gear manipulatives for basic symbol manipulation
  • geoboard lattices for slope and radicals
  • a powerful parallel axes representation for functions
  • intelligent use of technology
  • three distinct visual paths to the quadratic formula

No Limits!

August 2-3, 2007


In this two-day institute for high school teachers, I will present a number of units to make Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Precalculus more accessible, richer, and more fun.

  • Concrete introductions to exponential, logarithmic, and trig functions
  • Iterating functions as a gateway to sequences, series, mathematical induction and chaos
  • A visual approach to complex numbers and matrices.


In both courses, participants will learn techniques that will allow them to serve the whole range of students better by offering:

  • greater access, because of addressing multiple intelligences
  • greater challenge, because of expecting multi-dimensional understanding
  • greater variety, because of using manipulative and electronic tools

In addition, participants will work on teacher-level problems rooted in high school subject matter, and strengthen their understanding of the underlying mathematics.

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