MATH 5080: Special Study for Teachers (aka "Saturday Workshops for Teachers")

Since 1985, during each academic year the Cornell Mathematics Department has offered a series of four full-day workshops for secondary mathematics teachers.  Other people who are interested in issues related to the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics (e.g., mathematics pre-service teachers, mathematics undergraduate and graduate students, and mathematicians) are also welcome to attend.  During workshop sessions participants examine principles underlying the content of the secondary school mathematics curriculum, including connections with the history of mathematics, technology, and mathematics education research.  Contact the instructor, Mary Ann Huntley, for more information.

Workshop Schedule and Topics

Participation at one workshop is not prerequisite to attending another.

  • October 1, 2016 (full agenda; for Sternberg talk: extended abstract, poster)
    - Using Graphing Calculator Technology to Teach Mathematics and Science (Ed Monk and Tom Beatini), Mathematics as a Creative Enterprise (Robert Sternberg)
  • October 29, 2016 (agenda) - Mathematical Modeling: Underlying Representations and Inferences (Paule Kehle), Mathematical Modeling of Lead Poisoning (Tom Rishel), The Algebra of Geometric Transformations (Steve Weissburg)
  • March 11, 2017 (agenda) - Career Motivations Among Technical Undergraduates (Amy Beth Prager), On the Possible Values of pi (Kelly Delp), Math Learning Through Games (Lee Kaltman), The Mathematics of Pumping a Swing (Richard Rand)
  • March 25, 2017 (poster) - Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices (Diane Briars, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

Please sign up by March 24th if you wish to attend the March 25th workshop.

Registration, Credit, and Costs

There are two options for receiving credit for MATH 5080:

  1. Teachers may receive 1 Cornell University graduate credit for attending 3 of the 4 workshops offered during an academic year by filling out an enrollment form and paying a $100 registration fee. Send your check and completed enrollment form directly to the Office of Continuing Education (B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4201).
  2. Teachers qualify for 5½ in-service hours per workshop.  For this option, there is no cost for attending the workshops.

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Please tell us if you're coming!

The registration deadline for the March 25th workshop has been extended to March 24th, but a free copy of the NCTM publication, Principles to Actions, will not be guaranteed. The following information is required:

Email Address:
Grade Level You Teach:
Math Class(es) You Teach:

Are you a part of the NYS Master Teacher Program? yes no

If you need any special accommodations (e.g., dietary constraints, mobility constraints, etc.), please explain: