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Developing Powerful Measurers: Workshop Opportunity for Elementary Teachers

The Developing Powerful Measurers workshop series, a three-day professional learning experience for elementary teachers, is the outgrowth of an NSF funded project: Strengthening Tomorrows Education in Measurement (STEM) with Dr. Jack Smith from Michigan State University. The purpose of the project is to enrich the classroom experience of students and teachers for spatial measurement (length, area, and volume) especially in the elementary grades.

Participants in this workshop series will discuss the conceptual, procedural, and conventional knowledge needed for success in the area of measurement. Elements of conceptual knowledge needed for effective teaching and learning in measurement (and its importance) such as the meaning of length, unit iteration, unit-measure compensation, unit conversion, and zero/scale on a ruler will be addressed. Also, relations between length and area measure will be explored. Teachers will be working with their district curriculum to improve/ modify lessons. Teachers selected to participate will be required to teach a modified lesson between the second and third session to implement content addressed in the first two sessions.

The professional development sessions will be provided by staff of the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center in conjunction with Dr. Jack Smiths grant staff from MSU. Presenters for the session include: Karen Meyers, RMSC Director and Chelsea Miedema, RMSC Mathematics Program Coordinator. This training is designed for teachers of grades K-5 that teach mathematics.

The three sessions will be held on the GVSU Allendale Campus from 8:30 a.m.  3:30 p.m. on the following Fridays: March 1, March 15, and April 26, 2013. There is no cost for this workshop. All materials will be provided and lunch will be provided. Partial substitute reimbursement will be provided at the rate of $50 per day per teacher. Registration is limited to 20 teachers. Registration deadline is February 20, 2013.

For more information and registration form, visit the GVSU Regional Math and Science Center website and look under Upcoming Events. Contact the RMSC at (616) 331-2267 if you have questions regarding this opportunity.