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Wednesday, March 28 • 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Inquiry All Around Us: Using Data Collection to Inspire Authentic Engagement In Mathematics

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Why does mathematics seem to be one of the more difficult subject areas to implement PBL? In this session participants will be looking at how engaging in authentic observations of the world around us can invoke complex mathematical questions. Using inquiry as a tool to guide students towards meaningful relationships with mathematics, we will be looking at a ways to engage students and design projects that are relevant to their lives. From social justice and environmental issues to questions about the laws of physics and scientific phenomena, inquiry can lead us to finding mathematical relationships in nearly everything in our lives.

Essential questions are generated when students find meaning in their observations. Data can be gathered from physical, social, economic, or environmental conditions, and participants will look at ways use data collection not only for mathematical analysis, but as a tool for authentic engagement. Participants in this session will go on data collecting missions, use data collection sensors, and design personally relevant investigations to obtain and analyze their own data. Participants will learn how to weave inquiry and investigations into pre-existing curricula to create exciting projects while still following scope, sequence and standards.

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Carolyn Peruta

Director, Talent Search
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James Snyder

Principal, Anderson Valley Jr./Sr. High School
I taught Mathematics, Music and STEM for ten years before being demoted to a principal. I am currently involved in bringing inquiry and project based learning strategies into all curricular areas in my small rural school. I was California State Science Fair Teacher of the Year in... Read More →

Wednesday March 28, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
HTHI 208