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## Project ALPHA Summer Institute

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**Project ALPHA Summer Institute**July 1, 2010 El Rancho High School WELCOME! Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Project Goals**• Goals for students: • Understanding and enjoyment of math • Improve achievement • CST in grades 3-Algebra I, CAHSEE • More rigorous coursework • Goals for teachers: • Knowledge of math & how students learn • Changes in instruction Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**California MSP Grant, Phase II**• Professional Development • Minimum 60 “intensive” hours in summer • 80 hours offered • 24 follow up hours • Research Study • Intervention and comparison groups • Data on teacher & student learning, classroom practices Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Phase II Plan**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Benefits of Participation**• Kids understand and enjoy math! • Classroom coaching • Summer training: • 80 hours at extra-duty/extra-pay rate • School-year stipend: • 2008-09: $800 • 2009-10: $1000 • 2010-11: $1200 Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Logistics**• Pay schedule: October 1 paycheck • Sign-in sheets: Sign in by 8 AM • Homework: Due at sign-in • CSU Fullerton Extension Credit • Emergency contact information: • Tor @ (626) 353-6729 • ERHS Front Office @ 562-801-5355 (B104) Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Logistics, Continued**• Breakfast sign-ups • Gate code (9603) • Copier, computer access in H-1 (5694) • Wireless: “linksys”, 198.188.205.2 • Restrooms: front office & faculty center • Water bottles • Lunch: Noon to 1 P.M., finish at 3:30 Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**A Note About Grouping**• Home groups: Mixed grade levels • Opportunity for articulation • Diverse backgrounds & learning styles • Collaboration: Grade level or course • Lesson Planning groups: Your choice • Independent work: Your choice Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Scavenger Hunt**• Extend the pattern • Explain how you think it works: • At least three explanations • Include geometric connection • Take a picture illustrating the pattern: • Illustrate at least the first three numbers • Each picture at a different location • Each picture shows a different material Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Norms**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**2010 Institute Goals**• Understand algebraic thinking, geometry • Develop lessons: • Algebraic thinking • Group work & technology • Prepare for collaboration and leadership with colleagues, administrators and parents • Instructional strategies • Curriculum planning for new textbook • Assessment and data analysis Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Calendar**• Three algebra themes • Lesson planning • Grade-level collaboration, site planning • Independent work day: July 9 • Related to project’s themes • Curriculum planning, preparing manipulatives, technology follow-up • MCC and principals on July 13 • Homework Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Is ALPHA working?**• Goals for Teachers: • Measurable gains in knowledge of math and how students think about it • Will measure differences in instruction(November 2010) • Goals for Students: • CST trends • Course-taking changes Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**CST Trends**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**CST Comparison**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Course-Taking Trends**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Course-Taking Trends II**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**ERUSD Developments 2010-2011**• Elementary & Middle School: • New textbook, pacing guides and exams • Grade level reassignments • Common modified day meetings • RTI and instructional coaches for K-5 • Math Field Day & intervention programs • Advanced math program (Gr. 7 Algebra I) Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**ERUSD Developments 2010-2011**• High School: • Backwards-mapping model • Algebra & geometry support classes • ALPHA Goals: • Sustainability and teacher leadership • MCC and ALPHA participants as core group of teacher leaders in math Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Questions?**Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**“Algebra”**• What is algebra? • Why is it important? • What aspects of algebra can be taught in grades K-7? Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Historical Notes**• Al-Khwarizmi (c. 800) (“al-jabr”)Compendious Book on Calculation by Completing and Balancing • Development of modern notation: • Equal sign: Robert Recorde, 1557 • Variables: a, b, c vs. x, y, zDescartes, 1650’s • Functions: f(x) Euler, 1750’s Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Summer Institute’s Math Content Themes: “Algebraic**Thinking” • Algebra as …. • Generalization and justification • Finding unknowns • Reasoning about quantitative relationships (functions) • Geometry connections Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Outcomes**• Portfolio: • Conjecture and generalization • Functions problem • Notation/vocabulary research • Site and personal action plans • Overall reflection • Lesson Plan • Collaboration Notebook Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Uncommon Commonalities**• Rectangle in middle • Connect to 4 corners, number 1-4 • When it’s your turn: • Suggest something your group might have in common • Record in the space corresponding to the number of people with that characteristic • Create a group name Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement**Get It Together**• Each person responsible for his or her own clue • Share your information with the whole group • Find a solution that matches all of the clues Algebra Preparedness for Higher Achievement