Curriculum Studies

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Mathematical Modeling in Middle Grades

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 210 A

According to the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics regarding mathematical modeling, students should be able to “apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace.” In this session, attendees solve a mathematical modeling activity, discuss solutions, and discuss implications for implementation. Presenters share resources for how to infuse mathematical modeling into middle grade (5-9) classrooms. Attendees will leave the session with a deep understanding of what mathematical modeling is and some of the challenges of implementation with GT students. Attendees will leave also with confidence and knowledge of how to use such activities.

Scott A. Chamberlin

Professor
University of Wyoming

Scott A. Chamberlin is a professor and the department head for Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Wyoming with a special focus on gifted education and mathematics education. His area of interest is affect and creativity in the context of mathematical problem solving. Much of his research efforts are targeted towards mathematical modeling.

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Heather Carmody

Teacher
Park Tudor School

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Eric L. Mann

Professor
Hope College

Eric Mann is an assistant professor of mathematics education at Hope College in Holland Michigan working with pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. .His journey to Hope began with time in the Air Force, retiring after a career working with various space systems including a tour at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where he participated in the Space Shuttle Flight Test Program. After the Air Force, he taught elementary and middle school math and science for seven years in New England before heading to the University of Connecticut to earn his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with emphasis on talent development in mathematics. As a Research Associate at the National Center on the Gifted and Talented, he was part of the professional development team for Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds. Next stop was the College of Education at Purdue University where he spent eight years working with the Institute for Pre-College Engineering (INSPIRE) and the Gifted Education Research Institute (GERI) on finding and developing talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The chance to return to Michigan, close to family, to focus on developing elementary teachers who appreciate the beauty and creativity in mathematics and who have the knowledge and skills to share their appreciation with their future students brought Eric to Hope College. His research focuses on ways to improve the delivery of the mathematical content Hope students need to be effective teachers of mathematics and for ways to effect shifts in dispositions of those who view have negative experiences with mathematics. On a broader scale, he is interested in an integrated approach to STEM education with a focus on critical and creative thinking in the elementary grades.

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