STREAM: Making Sense of Modeling (HS)

During this module, you will learn about facets of mathematical modeling instruction and assessment in high school. Specific goals and activities include: recognize competing conceptions for the term “modeling”, understand the MCSM definition of modeling and the six components of the modeling cycle, and rate modeling prompts on a scale from weak to strong; engage in a mathematical modeling activity in Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II; understand best practices for assessment in mathematical modeling and apply an assessment rubric to student work.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – May 12, 2018

 

 

STREAM: Algebraic Thinking (K-5)

This 3-week course is designed to address K-5 algebraic thinking standards.  Participants in this module will examine learning progressions in Algebraic Thinking with a focus on foundational ideas that promote algebraic understanding.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment opens – January 21, 2108

STREAM: Algebraic Thinking (6-7)

This 3-week course is designed for middle grade teachers to draw out high level algebraic thinking from their students.  The focus is on teacher practices utilizing 6th and 7th grade Expressions and Equations Standards as a vehicle to improve algebraic thinking of students and teacher pedagogy.

15 Renewal Units

Enrollment Opens – January 21, 2108

STREAM Online Math Courses

Algebraic Thinking (K-5)
JULY 9 – JULY 27
This 3-week module will examine learning progressions that illuminate early stages of algebraic thinking and develop the foundation for later success in algebra. Specific goals and activities include the following:
● Explore how addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operate under the same properties in algebra as they do in arithmetic.
● Recognize variables as tools that are used to describe mathematical ideas in a variety of ways.
● Develop strategies for describing relationships among quantities to determine equivalence or inequality.
Registration will open on June 18, 2018 and close on July 9, 2018.

Algebraic Thinking (6-7)
JULY 9 – JULY 27
This 3-week module is designed to draw out high-level algebraic thinking from middle grades students. The focus is on using the 6th and 7th grade standards for expressions and equations as a vehicle to examine teacher practice and improve students’ algebraic thinking. Specific goals and activities include the following:
● Define algebraic thinking and reasoning through the “Habits of Mind” framework.
● Evaluate the way teachers talk to and question students about expressions, equations, and inequalities.
● Explore the standards for expressions and equations and the Mathematical Practices through engaging problems.
● Apply algebraic thinking to STEM and real-world problem solving lessons.
Registration will open on June 18, 2018 and close on July 9, 2018.

Linear Relationships (7-9) Formerly titled: Straight Talk: Linearity (7-9)
JULY 9 – JULY 27
In this 3-week module we will examine how the concept of proportionality is related to the study of linear equations. We will explore Montana’s Common Core Standards for Probability and Statistics in the8th grade, focusing on the study of bivariate data. Finally, we will extend our investigation to a study of functions using time versus distance as a context. Specific goals and activities include the following:
● Examine student work and create activities to strengthen students’ understanding of linearity and proportion.
● Use GeoGebra (free, downloadable software) to “dive into data” and ultimately create a standards-based lesson for probability and statistics.
● Study, create, and compare three principal representations of functions.
Registration will open on June 18, 2018 and close on July 9, 2018.

Functions as Objects (HS)
JULY 9 – JULY 27
It’s time to fight back against the “function machine”! In this 3-week module we examine functions as objects in their own right, rather than treating them as rules, algorithms, or machines. We will explore Montana’s Common Core Standards for functions in high school with a focus on building functions. Finally, we will extend and complete our investigation with a modeling activity. Specific goals and activities include the following:
● Redefine it! Develop a fresh understanding of functions as objects that can be represented and manipulated mathematically.
● Move it! Use Desmos (free online software) effectively to discover and investigate function movement.
● Represent it! Study relationship between the four representations of functions: verbal, tabular, algebraic, and graphical.
Registration will open on June 18, 2018 and close on July 9, 2018.

Register for all courses at the OPI Teacher Learning Hub, http://learninghub.mrooms.net
Successful completion of each STREAM module earns 15 OPI renewal units.