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Saturday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Building a Foundation for Functions in the Middle Grades

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This session will engage participants in hands-on activities and in discussions about the concept of function. Consideration will be given to the pedagogy of teaching and learning the meaning and various representations (algebraic, graphical, numerical (tables), or through verbal descriptions) of function in middle grades classrooms.
The session will begin with balloon-inflating activity in which the number of breaths and the circumference of the balloon are measured and recorded, compared across participant groups, and discussed in terms of the definition of a function. The session then focuses on the 8th Grade Common Core Standards related to function and uses these standards and sub-standards as the framework for analyzing several middle-grades appropriate classroom activities. As participants engage and analyze these activities, they will also consider and share ideas about the potential for inclusion and emphasis in their classrooms and curriculum.

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Thomas Evitts

Professor Emeritus, Shippensburg University
Tom Evitts is a returning presenter at the MidSchoolMath Conference. Tom is a former high school mathematics teacher and recently retired from Shippensburg University's Mathematics Department, where he was a mathematics teacher educator. Tom enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Attendees will gain an appreciation for function as a concept and for various representations of function.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" As noted above and in keeping with my espoused approach to professional learning, teacher-participants must engage with the material and interact together.
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