Throughout the 3 days of this workshop, participants will gain deep insight and discover the mathematics content they are responsible for teaching. In the course of Patterns, Functions, and Change,participants discover how the study of repeating patterns and number sequences can lead to ideas of functions, learn how to read tables and graphs to interpret phenomena of change, and use algebraic notation to write function rules. While its particular emphasis is on linear functions, the seminar also provides opportunities to explore quadratic and exponential functions and to examine how various features of a function are seen in graphs, tables, or rules.
To this end, the program asks participants to make sense of the content, recognize where and how the content of their grade is situated in the trajectory of learning from Grade 5 through middle school, build connections among different concepts, and analyze student thinking from a mathematical perspective. Through this work, teachers learn how to orient their instruction to specific mathematical goals and to develop a mathematics pedagogy in which student understanding takes center stage.