The concentration for this year’s collaborative will be algebraic and proportional reasoning. Participants will be provided with research-based, high quality, high intensity professional development that actively engages them in mathematical exploration and discourse for the purpose of developing sound problem-solving models that focus on procedure, decision making, and reflection. The emphasis for mathematical content will be based on the 6-8 grade TEKS as well as the Algebra I TEKS. Participants will be immersed in the use of the process standards found in all grade level TEKS as a means to develop communication skills and mathematical analysis of real-life situations that warrant exploration, examination, and evaluation. Defining the importance of mathematics in and outside the math classroom will be a secondary focus that will help students meet the requirements of the college and career readiness standards as well as the standards set for middle school and high school. Math Teacher Mentors will be expected to complete 100 hours of professional development, including a 10-day summer institute that will be presented in collaboration with partners from South Texas College. Participants will be provided with four follow-up meetings where they will have an opportunity for discussion with Instructional Team Members and university partners. The program is designed to support the high-need districts in our region by providing our math teachers with ways to infuse engaging and all-encompassing activities that effectively motivate all learners and encourage students that struggle such as Special Education students, English Language Learners, and students at risk of dropping out of school.
The Instructional Team Members and University staff will also focus on formative assessment strategies and research based pedagogical approaches designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. The university faculty will also focus on deepening the teachers’ content knowledge in algebraic thinking and proportional reasoning along with the mathematical process standards. The institute will emphasize peer based learning and reflective practices in order to ensure that teachers become masters of the content presented. Teachers will also gain an insight in using problem solving, communication skills, collaboration, mathematical thinking and reasoning to help students overcome the common difficulties found in today’s math classrooms.
Institute Focus Areas
(1) Algebraic Thinking, Proportional Reasoning and Transformational Geometry
(2) Using Mathematical Processes to solve problems in real world settings that have
value and meaning to the learner.
(3) Research Based Instructional Strategies and best practices designed to increase the
teaching and learning of mathematics for diverse groups of students