Summer Workshops for Educators

I direct the Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT). This summer (2010), we will offer workshops at two locations: Flint Hill School near Washington DC, and the Urban School of San Francisco. The workshops:
June 21-23: Technology Symposium for School Leaders
June 22-25: Visual Algebra
June 23-25: Cutting Edge Tech Resources for Foreign Language Teachers
June 24-25: Digital Tools to Enhance the Teaching of Physical Science
July 19-21: Cutting Edge Tech Resources for Foreign Language Teachers
July 19-22: Visual Algebra
July 19-23: Telling Their Stories: Oral History Archives Project
July 23: To the Third Dimension with Cabri 3D!
July 26-27: Hands-On Geometry
July 26-27: The Play's the Thing: Teaching Shakespeare as Drama and Literature
July 26-28: Technology Symposium for School Leaders
July 29: Moving to 1:1 – Building a Vision and Making Plans for Your School

For more info, go to the CIT site.

I will lead two workshops, outlined below, and participate in the symposium. Handouts and SmartBoards from the workshops, plus discounts on some Key Curriculum and Cabri materials will be available to the participants on the (private) CIT wiki.

--Henri Picciotto


Visual Algebra

with Henri Picciotto

Tuesday-Friday, June 22-25, 2010 (DC)
or Monday-Thursday, July 19-22, 2010 (SF)
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(Wednesday only til noon)

sqrt 20

(2 continuing education units from the University of Southern California's School of Education.)

This three-and-a-half-day workshop is designed for middle and high school mathematics teachers who want to make algebra more accessible, richer and more fun. I will present a wealth of visual approaches to the teaching of algebra, including:

Topics range from Pre-Algebra to Algebra II. Activities complement the material in any textbook, whether reform or traditional.

Participants will learn techniques to serve the whole range of students by offering

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


To the Third Dimension with Cabri 3D!

with Kate Mackrell

Friday, July 23 (SF)
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

volume of revolution

(0.5 continuing education unit from the University of Southern California's School of Education.)

High school math offers very few opportunities to work in three dimensions. As a result, our students are often overwhelmed by topics such as solids of revolution in calculus. In this one-day workshop, we will start by learning the basics of creating three-dimensional constructions with Cabri 3D. This software gives students a rich environment to create and explore interesting and unusual mathematical structures, thereby enhancing appreciation of the beauty of mathematics, the ability to visualize in three dimensions, and the generation of conjectures. Because it allows students to look at objects from different points of view in space, and to interact with them in the same style as they can in two-dimensional dynamic geometry environments, it makes some difficult ideas much more accessible. This workshop will prepare participants for multiple three-dimensional applications: transformations; surface area and volume for geometry (including some interesting historical approaches); conic sections, planes, and vectors for precalculus; astronomy and chemistry modeling; and yes, volumes of revolution!


Hands-On Geometry

with Henri Picciotto

Monday-Tuesday July 26-27 (SF)
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

circle geoboard

(1 continuing education unit from the University of Southern California's School of Education.)

In this two-day workshop for middle and high school teachers, I will present hands-on tools and activities to preview, review or extend key concepts in geometry, as well as some enrichment lessons. This work is intended to complement, not replace, related work in the traditional paper-pencil and compass-straightedge environments.

I will also present an authentic approach to proof, which tries to navigate a middle course between the too-abstract traditional curriculum and the insufficiently rigorous nature of some reform programs.

These lessons were developed in somewhat heterogeneous classes, and reach a wide range of students. They provide support for the less visual by complementing the drawing and studying of figures, and enrichment for the more talented by offering by offering deep and challenging problems.

More details:
more info about me, Henri Picciotto
Kate Mackrell is a Cabri 3D expert. Visit her Web site.

Registration, time, place, logistics: Center for Innovative Teaching

Questions? Send me e-mail

Past years: 2009 | 2008 | 2007

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