Raising the Mathematics Achievement of K-8 Students

Teaching Seminar

Meeting Details

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Speaker: Kenneth I Gross, Prof of Mathematics and Education, The University of Vermont

Abstract: As the mathematics learned in the elementary grades forms the foundation for the mathematics taught at the middle and secondary levels and in college, the role of the elementary teacher is of crucial importance in laying the foundation for students’ success in later mathematics courses and ultimately for pursuing scientific and technological careers. If we are to raise student achievement at all educational levels and for all students, we must provide elementary teachers as well as middle school teachers with a more broad and deep understanding of mathematics and the capability to translate that knowledge into the K-8 classroom. In this presentation we will discuss as many of the following topics as time allows: o mathematics content needs of K-8 teachers o why primary teachers need to know “higher mathematics” o the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI), a successful statewide, content-based professional development program for K-8 teachers o understanding arithmetic and algebra through English language grammar o enduring mathematical motifs that stretch from the kindergarten classroom to the research frontier. The presentation is designed for a general audience and has no mathematics or education prerequisites.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number: 114 McAllister

Date: 11/04/2010

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm