NSF Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Workshop
TEACHING UNDERGRADUATE GEOMETRY
Tuesday, June 1 (evening), through Monday, June 7, 1999
Department of Mathematics, Cornell University
This workshop is intended for college and university faculty who teach (or soon will teach) an undergraduate geometry course, such as the courses typically attended by future or in-service teachers. The leaders of the workshop will be David Henderson (Cornell University), Kelly Gaddis (Buffalo State College), Jane-Jane Lo (Ithaca College/Cornell University), and Avery Solomon (Cornell University). In addition, we expect to have two previous particpants serve as mentors who will share their recent geometry teaching experiences and provide support throughout the week.
In the mornings, participants will experience a learning and teaching environment that is innovative both in terms of content and in terms of teaching methods. The content will be the integration of geometries on plane, sphere and other surfaces -- presented through problems which emphasize experiencing the meanings in the geometry. Student investigations, small group learning, and writing assignments will be explored.
In the afternoons, there will be seminars and presentations on topics related to the workshop theme, including: "Using Writing in Undergraduate Mathematics", "Using Computer Technology in Geometry", "Non-test-based Assessments", "Including All Students by Encouraging Diverse Ideas", "Curriculum Developments in School Geometry", "Student Affects and Beliefs Surrounding Innovative Programs", and "What is in the 8 Undergraduate Geometry Courses at Cornell". In addition, there will be ample free time for informal discussions and enjoyment of the geometry of nature in and around Ithaca.
Much of the housing and food expenses will be covered by the NSF for all participants. There may also be very limited NSF funds available to support travel costs for participating faculty from institutions with limited resources. The NSF will also support follow-up activities by the participants after the workshop including local workshops, exchange of related classroom materials, and communication of experiences and ideas.
The workshop will begin with an evening reception at 6:30 pm on Tuesday June 1 and end at 4:30 pm on Monday, June 7. There will be a day off on Saturday. Housing will be provided for participants wishing to stay through Tuesday, June 8.
Parts of the student textbook which will be our focus can be viewed online at: http://www.math.cornell.edu/~dwh/books/eg/title.html
if you do not have access to e-mail, write to:
UFE Geometry Workshop, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7901. Fax: 607-255-7149.