Summer Workshops for Math Teachers


with Henri Picciotto

I will offer four workshops this summer (2014), at the
Urban School of San Francisco's Center for Innovative Teaching
June 19-20: Hands-On Geometry
June 23-24: Transformational Geometry
June 25: Advanced GeoGebra
June 26-27: No Limits!

A limited number of public school teachers will receive a 90% discount on their registration fees.

If the times or location don't work for you, I can offer a workshop for your school or district. Contact me directly.


Hands-On Geometry

with Henri Picciotto

Thursday-Friday, 19-20 June 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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In this two-day workshop, I will present kinesthetic and hands-on activities, and some enrichment lessons. This manipulatives-based curriculum is intended to complement related work in paper-pencil, compass-straightedge, and technological environments: it serves to preview, review or extend key concepts in geometry (grades 7-10.)

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 deep and challenging problems. In addition, participants will get to take some of the problems to a deeper teacher level.


Transformational Geometry

with Henri Picciotto

Monday-Tuesday 23-24 June 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


In this two-day workshop, I will help participants prepare for the Common Core State Standards, which call for a complete rethinking of geometry in grades 8-11. Instead of basing everything on congruence and similarity postulates, as is traditional, the idea is to build on a basis of geometric transformations: translation, rotation, reflection, and dilation.

In order to teach this effectively, it is important to have a solid understanding of the underlying math, as well as ideas for rich activities for students. I have been teaching transformational geometry for twenty years, and have a lot to share:


Advanced GeoGebra

with Henri Picciotto

Wednesday 25 June 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


GeoGebra is free software, available for every computer and tablet platform.

In this one-day workshop, I will introduce some advanced features which make it a powerful tool for teachers to create activities for any part of secondary school math. This includes:

Prior experience with GeoGebra is required. That condition can be met by taking the Transformational Geometry workshop.

Additional work with GeoGebra is included in the No Limits workshop. Taking all three workshops would help get a sense of how to integrate GeoGebra with curriculum in grades 8-11.


No Limits!

with Henri Picciotto

Thursday-Friday 26-27 June 2014
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


This two-day workshop is designed for high school mathematics teachers who want to make Algebra 2, Trigonometry and Precalculus more accessible, richer and more fun. I will present a number of activities to enrich and deepen the corresponding lessons in any textbook, whether traditional or reform.

A frequent challenge in teaching upper level high school classes is the limited pedagogical range of most textbooks and curricula. This is particularly harmful to the students who find symbol manipulation difficult, but it is also cheating our stronger students of the multi-faceted understanding that would serve them best. To address this, several of the units presented in the workshop involve the intelligent use of electronic tools (particularly GeoGebra,) hands-on activities with concrete materials, and/or creative alternate representations.

More details

More info about me: Henri Picciotto

Registration and logistics: Center for Innovative Teaching

Other workshops: the full CIT program (algebraic thinking in middle school with David Louis,
and blended-learning precalculus with Laura Hawkins)

Questions? Send me e-mail

Past years: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

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