This workshop focuses on with four concepts that have been identified by TIMSS (the Third International Mathematics and Science Study) as crucial to middle school students' future success: Proportionality and Similar Figures; Patterns and Functions; Polygons and Angles; and Sampling and Probability.
Master Teacher Jan Robinson (from the First in the World Consortium) leads learner-teachers as they investigate a series of problem-based activities laying out the content and teaching techniques of these math topics in the "discovery" session of each topic. The learner-teachers then customize and expand upon these lessons in their own classrooms, and return with samples of their student's work in the in practice sessions.
This workshop consists of eight one-hour video programs, an online workshop guide, a supporting website and course work requirements.
Annenberg Learner (formerly Annenberg Media) funds and distributes multimedia professional development courses and resources to advance excellent teaching in American schools. These educational video programs with coordinated web and text materials help teachers enhance their expertise in their fields and refine their teaching methods. The School of Education at Colorado State University offers graduate credit for teachers enrolled in these professional development courses. Educational video programs with coordinated interactive web and text resources form the basis for these courses and can be accessed at the Annenberg Learner website.