Current Happenings- Denver Circle

Summer 2016

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CU Succeed and Advanced High School Math workshops:

Active Learning Activities for Teaching Precalculus: June 13-17, 2016

This week-long bootcamp will focus on active learning activities for the precalculus classroom.  The morning session will be devoted to active learning modules centered around precalculus concepts related to solving quadratic equations, solving radical equations, linear functions, circles, graph transformations, rational functions, polynomials, logarithmic functions, exponential functions and trigonometric functions.  Participants will be introduced to different types of ‘tactivities’ in the morning session and then work together to build new activities and active learning modules for their own classrooms in the afternoon. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Credit options include 1.5 (morning) or 2.5 (full day) continuing education units (CEU’s). The workshop will be held at CU Denver in the Student Commons Building (Room TBD) from 8:30am- 4:30pm. Please click here to RSVP.

Active Learning Activities for Teaching Calculus: June 20-24, 2016

This week-long bootcamp will focus on active learning activities for the calculus classroom.  The morning session will be devoted to active learning modules centered around calculus concepts related to precalculus review activities, graphical limits, limit definition of a derivative, derivative rules and proof, derivative graph matching, related rates, optimization, L’Hopitals limit calculations, Riemann sums, area under a curve, antiderivatives and fundamental theorem of calculus.  Participants will be introduced to different types of ‘tactivities’ in the morning session and then work together to build new activities and active learning modules for their own classrooms in the afternoon. There is no cost to attend the workshop. Credit options include 1.5 (morning) or 2.5 (full day) continuing education units (CEU’s). The workshop will be held at CU Denver in the Student Commons Building (Room TBD) from 8:30am- 4:30pm. Please click here to RSVP.

Summer Workshops

Math Teachers’ Circles (aimed at teachers of grades 5-9) bring K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. They combine significant content with an interactive setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and exploration. Ideal problems offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics.

Join us in scenic Winter Park in July or Durango in August for an exciting week of problem-solving sessions in a collaborative environment. In particular, participants will work on math problems geared towards the level of teachers, rather than the level of their students, and discuss various approaches, solutions and problem-solving strategies. Time will be dedicated to connecting this back to your classrooms, including how to modify problems from our sessions to fit your students’ level and how to connect them to the Common Core State Standards.

Winter Park, CO: July 11- 15, 2016 

The workshop is hosted by the Rocky Mountain and the Northern Colorado Math Teachers’ Circle. The workshop, lodging, and food will be free thanks to grant funding, and we anticipate a scholarship to cover the cost of graduate credit or continuing education units (CEUs). Credit options include 3.5 CEU’s and 1 or 2 graduate credits. Please click here to submit your application – deadline is March 11, 2016.

Durango, CO: August 8- 11, 2016

Hosted by the Southwest Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle. The workshop is free thanks to grant funding, and we anticipate a scholarship to cover the cost of graduate credit or continuing education units (CEUs). Credit options include 2.5 CEU’s and 1 or 2 graduate credits. Please click here to submit your application – early application deadline is April 8, 2016. After that applications will be accepted on a space available basis until June 15, 2016.

Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle Summer Sessions: June 4, July 9, August 6 

These engaging Saturday sessions will include various problem-solving tasks designed to develop mathematical habits of mind as well as comfort level and proficiency with the Standards of Mathematical Practice from the Common Core State Standards. During each Math Teachers’ Circle session, participants will actively explore, create, conjecture, and communicate mathematics- the same activities that professional mathematicians engage in on a daily basis! Problems will be selected from many areas of mathematics – geometry, number and operation, algebra, data, measurement, ratio and proportion, and probability and statistics. CEU’s and graduate credit are available. Sessions are held from 8:30am- 4:30pm. To RSVP, please click on the link for each month: June, July, and August.

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Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle


Engaging with the Standards of Mathematical Practice from the Common Core


Come join other middle-level teachers and mathematicians as we work together to develop capacity with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice.

Academic Year 2015- 2016

Spring 2016: Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7

Sessions for the middle-level program are held one Saturday per month from 8:30 am – 12:00, with lunch provided from 12:00-12:45.  CEUs and graduate credit will be available.

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See http://rmmtc.ucdenver.edu/?page_id=346 for more detailed information on registering for official CU Denver credit and for the links to RSVP for each session.

There is no cost to attend, and we have scholarship funding to cover the cost of graduate credit or CEUs.

General Description: With the advent of the Common Core, many teachers are being asked to teach mathematics in ways that differ significantly from how they learned it.  We provide an opportunity for teachers to experience mathematical problem solving as learners.  Teachers will develop their own facility with using the Standards of Mathematical Practice from the Common Core while working on engaging mathematical activities.  Problems will be selected from many areas of mathematics – geometry, number and operation, algebra, and probability and statistics.  We also have ongoing discussions related to implementing problem solving and the Standards of Mathematical Practice in the classroom.

Elements of this overall program:

•Participating in a learning community focused on mathematics

•Learning mathematics through rich tasks that provide the opportunity to expand one’s own mathematical understanding

•Focus on the Mathematical Practices and 21st Century Skills

Audience: While each workshop has an “intended audience”, teachers from outside this grade-band are also welcome to attend.  “Middle-Level” workshops are aimed at teachers of grades 5-10.

Location: All workshops will be held on the Downtown Denver Campus in Academic Building 1, outside of Room 4125.  This is the new building at 1201 Larimer St., at the corner of Speer and Larimer, just off Auraria Parkway.

Times: Sessions run from 8:30 am-noon on the dates listed.  Lunch and informal discussions follow each session.

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