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Revitalizing Your Developmental Mathematics Courses

Revitalizing Your Developmental Mathematics Courses: A Context-Driven, Activity-Based Approach

Nancy Crisler, Gary Simundza
June 21-25, 2004
June 20-24, 2005
Foothills Conference Center, University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Co-sponsored by Key College Publishing and COMAP, Inc.

For many students, mathematics is best learned in the context of its use by real people in real jobs. Interesting applications motivate students to learn, and guided discovery helps them succeed in their learning. Yet many developmental mathematics curricula are lacking in such rich contexts.

This workshop is intended for college instructors who want to make a positive change in their developmental mathematics courses. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
• use activities and investigations to introduce topics appropriate for developmental mathematics students;
• use the mathematics that is introduced at the developmental level to model real-world contexts;
• provide opportunities for students to collect data and create data driven models;
• use technology when appropriate in the developmental mathematics classroom;
• provide opportunities for students to work effectively in groups and communicate about mathematics both orally and in writing;
• use a variety of teaching methods that are appropriate in the developmental classroom; and
• use a variety of assessment techniques to assess student performance within a fundamentally new classroom environment.

Each day participants will be actively involved in exploring authentic real-world applications. They will experience a different approach to topics traditionally taught at the developmental level as well as additional topics that all students should understand and be able to use.

Discover a way to revitalize your curriculum, revitalize your teaching, and revitalize student learning. Come join the fun and experience an alternative that will work for you and your students.

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