MƒA Course Catalog

MƒA teachers participate in and lead professional growth and enrichment opportunities throughout the year, ranging in focus from mathematics and science content to pedagogical practice and leadership.

MƒA Course Catalog

MƒA teachers are committed to learning, so we create opportunities for their growth and to sustain them in their teaching careers. We offer a range of high quality, STEM-focused professional workshops and events on most evenings throughout the school year. Browse our 2016 fall courses that MƒA teachers are leading and participating in during the remainder of the year. 

AP Chemistry

Whether you're teaching AP chemistry for the first time, or have been doing so for years, this PLT will give teachers a forum to bring questions, concerns, and examples of their best practices. Each month participants will bring one artifact - such as a demonstration, lab[+] Read More activity, or assessment - that they use in the classroom which connects to the AP's new Scientific Practices. We will collaborate on how to use these artifacts to teach the Five Big Ideas of the curriculum, expand them into guided-inquiry labs, and use them to prepare students for the AP chemistry exam.

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Facilitated by MfA Master Teachers Steven O'Malley, Ph.D., and Paul Thompson

Science Pedagogy | Feb 27, Mar 27, May 8, Jun 12

AP Statistics

This is an opportunity for AP Statistics teachers to share ideas and learn best practices from each other. Participants will continue to discuss project and lesson ideas on randomness and probability, sampling distribution, inference, hypothesis testing, and much more. We will[+] Read More also look at student work as a springboard for discussing student understandings and misunderstandings of these topics. This PLT is a place to support one another with ideas and innovations for making statistics come alive for students. Bring your dice, cards, spinners, hypotheses, sampling strategies, datasets, ideas, lessons, and projects to share. Non-AP statistics teachers are welcome, though the focus will be on the AP curriculum.

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Facilitated by MfA Master Teachers Stephen Mazza, Ed.D., and Melanie Pflaum

Math Pedagogy | Mar 1, Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31

Arduinos for Problem-Based Learning

Do you teach with Arduinos? Do you have experience with Arduinos and you're ready to implement in your classroom? If so, this PLT will provide support for your in-class Arduinos endeavors. Our work will focus on researching, sharing, and refining best practices for teaching[+] Read More Arduino basic concepts and structuring student Arduino projects. Please note: this PLT is intended to be for those with Arduinos experience; teachers looking to learn Arduinos basics should instead sign up for the Introduction to Arduinos mini-course.

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Facilitated by MfA Master Teachers Joel Bianchi and Dorick Lee

Computer Science and Technology | Mar 1, Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31

Art of Making Mistakes and Science of Recovering From Them

Square root of (x^2 + y^2) = x + y
If your blood pressure increased when you saw the above 'simplification,' then please join me in exploring the roots of our students' common misconceptions. In this workshop, we will tackle ways to empower students to understand[+] Read More their own mistakes. We will approach problems in a numeric, geometric, and algebraic ways, and create tools that enable our students to gain a deeper understanding of mathematics. We will focus on common mistakes we see in algebra while also considering common mistakes in geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, or calculus. This session may be of special interest to Algebra I and II teachers but all are welcome. Feel free to BYOSM (Bring Your Own Student Misconceptions).

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Facilitated by MfA Master Teacher Eliza Kuberska

Math Pedagogy | Apr 19

At the Clinic

Interested in playing doctor? Enjoy watching reruns of House? A great way to engage students and foster interest in anatomy and physiology is through the use of basic diagnostic tools to assess health status. In this workshop, we will learn how to use stethoscopes to listen for[+] Read More heart and lung sounds, take blood pressure, use spirometers to measure lung capacity, measure hemoglobin saturation via pulse oximetry, and perform and interpret EKGs. We will discuss how these diagnostic tools can be incorporated into different parts of a middle school curriculum, a Living Environment course or the AP Biology curriculum, either through doctor/patient role modeling activities or via the analysis of actual medical case situations.

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Facilitated by MfA Master Teacher Jerry Citron

Science Pedagogy | Jun 14

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