(PD Title No. MTH3512E)
A Conceptual Introduction to Function: Using Visual Models
Proficiency Level: Awareness
Subject(s):Mathematics
Grade(s): 6,7,8
Hours: 30.00

 

Description:In this course, participants will learn strategies to help students in grades 6-8 develop a strong conceptual understanding of function through the use of several different visual models.  Participants will become familiar with common student misconceptions related to functions, as well as classroom tasks that address these misconceptions. They will complete and create classroom tasks that allow students to make connections between multiple representations of functions and to explore both linear and non-linear functions.  In addition, participants will explore the use of technology in supporting student learning about functions and will learn to use an analysis tool to evaluate various online applets.  In the final project, participants will develop a classroom activity that incorporates the use of technology focused on students’ conceptual understanding of function, and will reflect on their own learning in the course.
Pre-requisites: This course is designed for teachers, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.
Objectives: Participants will:
• Learn approaches to teaching functions using visual models
• Become familiar with strategies to help students develop a strong conceptual understanding of function;
• Become familiar with tasks that allow students to explore situations of both linear and non-linear functions that approachable to middle school students
• Create classroom tasks that allow students to make connections between multiple representations of functions (patterns, tables, graphs and equations)
• Develop strategies for generalizing a pattern or situation
• Explore the use of technology in supporting student learning about functions