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WSU and Ford Invite you to Join a Mathematics Workshop for Middle School Te...
Mon, March 27, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Ratios, rates, percentages, and proportional reasoning in meaningful real-life contexts
*Participants will receive a stipend for participation*
Proportional reasoning is a critical skill for improving decision making in business, industry, government, and even on a personal level. A primary goal of the workshop is to introduce ways to utilize meaningful real-life situations as teachers present the concepts of ratios, rates, percentage and proportional reasoning. We believe it is important to engage students in discussion as they learn these important topics that are pivotal to their mathematical development.
This workshop will support the work of teachers in planning daily lessons by enabling them to critically evaluate standard textbook examples as to their relevance and potential for student engagement. Participants will learn how to reframe textbook as decisions and to place the examples in more meaningful contexts. The workshop will provide teachers with dozens of activities that they can use along with pedagogical guidance as to how best to present the activities. They will also learn about the real-world importance of these skills so as to have ready answers to the question, when will I ever use this? As each concept is presented, we will also discuss misconceptions that arise in understanding and applying the concept.
As a follow up to the M-Step program, Michigan is currently using the newly revised PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT to assess 9th, 10th, and 11th graders across the state. These exams focus on three essential areas of math. The “Problem Solving and Data Analysis” area of the math exam is about being quantitatively literate. It includes using ratios, percentages, and proportional reasoning to solve problems in science, social science, and career contexts. The redesigned math exam will focus on the “Math that Matters Most” and “Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts”. This workshop will provide tasks embedded in meaningful real-world contexts such as nutrition (Dude, What’s Up with your Food?”), environment (Water Usage), health (Enough is Enough), and sports (The Sixth Man Basketball Points). These and other tasks are suitable for middle grades students.