Nebraska Math & Science Summer Institutes 2018

2018 Course Catalog

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NMSSI Courses for Mathematics Teachers

MATH 800T - Math as a Second Language

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: La Vista
Dates: June 11-15, 7:30am - 4pm
This ITEAM course will help you align your teaching with the new Nebraska standards and the new Common Core standards in mathematics by focusing on the development of "habits of mind of a mathematical thinker". The approach is to understand arithmetic (number) and (introductory) algebra as a means of communicating mathematical ideas, and will stress a deep understanding of the basic operations of arithmetic, as well as the interconnected nature of arithmetic, algebra and geometry relating to the grades 3-7 curriculum. Math 800T is not open to teachers who have secondary certification. For Summer 2018, MATH 800T is only open to ESU 3 and OPS teachers.

MATH 804T - Experimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Locations: Gretna, Holdrege
Dates: multiple
This course focuses on problem solving, reasoning and proof and communicating mathematics. The overall goal for this course is to bring participants to the next level in the development of their mathematical habits of mind: A person who is an effective mathematical thinker has a toolbox of skills and knowledge to experiment, conjecture, reason, and ultimately solve problems.

MATH 806T - Number Theory & Cryptology for Secondary Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 9-13, 8am - 5pm
This course focuses on basic number theory results which are needed to understand the number theoretic RSA cryptography algorithm (an encryption algorithm which is in use today to secure information sent via the internet). The course emphasizes connections to middle level mathematics and promotes a deep understanding of the integers and their properties. Elementary methods for encoding and decoding are introduced to elucidate the nature of cryptology. These methods are readily adaptable as enrichment activities in the classroom.

MATH 807T - Using Math to Understand Our World

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: May 14-July 6
This course will examine the mathematics underlying several socially-relevant questions from a variety of academic disciplines. Mathematical models of problems will be constructed and studied using a variety of topics and basic skills in algebra, functions, statistics and probability. Sources will include original documentation whenever possible (such as government data, reports and research papers) in order to provide a sense of the very real role that mathematics plays in society.

Math 807T is not open to teachers who have completed Math 809.

MATH 808T - Concepts of Calculus for Middle Level Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Omaha
Dates: June 18-22, 8am - 5pm
Develops a fundamental understanding of the key mathematical ideas of calculus in order to broaden teachers' mathematical perspective and gain insight into concepts contained in the middle-level curriculum which are related and foundational to the development of calculus. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, applications and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

MATH 810T - Algebra for Algebra Teachers

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 8am - noon
Paired With: TEAC 892 (Lincoln)
The main goal of the course is to help Algebra I teachers better understand the conceptual underpinnings of school algebra, and how to leverage that understanding into improved classroom practice. Emphasis is placed on developing the habits of mind of a mathematical thinker.

MATH 896 - Special Topics: Secondary-Integrated STEM

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Hastings
Dates: July 11-13, 16-17 (WRFMT), 8am - 5pm
This course will engage 6-12 teachers in project-based learning experiences which integrate STEM in intentional and meaningful ways. Teachers also will develop the depth of content knowledge needed to implement various integrated STEM lessons in their own classrooms. In addition, the course will address effective strategies for further integration and implementation of STEM content.

SOCI 898 - Social Psychological Processes in the STEM Classroom: Activating STEM Identities

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 25-29, 8am - 5pm
This class covers a broad range of social psychological topics and processes to help teachers better understand how social context impacts STEM learning. Students will learn about social inequality in STEM fields, and the individual, interactional, and institutional barriers to developing a science identity for youth from a variety of social locations (rural/urban, gender, race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, ELL). The class will learn about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and identity theory, and how they impact formal and informal social interactions and learning in the STEM classroom. They will learn and help formulated practical strategies to reduce their negative impact in order to broaden and widen student engagement in STEM.

TEAC 808E - Improvement of Instruction in School Mathematics – Secondary: Special Topics – Classroom Discourse

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 23-27, 8 am-5 pm
This course will engage secondary mathematics teachers in understanding classroom discourse and its relationship to student learning. Readings, discussions, and activities will provide opportunities for teachers to develop an awareness for how classroom discourse influences the opportunities we provide to students and to provide support for teachers in analyzing their own discourse patterns and their impact on student learning. One of the major components of the work will involve examining your own classroom discourse practices.

TEAC 880E - Teaching Mathematics with Technology

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: May 21-July 2
The focus of this workshop is on developing skills for using GeoGebra in the teaching and learning of middle and high school mathematics. Topics found in PreAlgebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses will be emphasized. Geometry properties and theorems, functions, transformations, conics, data analysis and other mathematics topics will be addressed. Participants will develop interactive mathematics applets, map downloaded files to their curriculum, and develop an implementation plan of action. The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

TEAC 880E - Teaching with Technology: Instructional Technology in K-8 Mathematics Classrooms

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: La Vista
Dates: June 18-22, 8am - 4:30pm
This course will focus on goal-driven technology use for the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary and middle grades. A survey of relevant research and theories relating to mathematics technology will provide a foundation for exploring, analyzing, evaluating, and planning mathematics instruction that leverages the affordances of technology in the K-8 classroom. Participants will investigate and demonstrate applications, design assessment and instruction, and enhance curriculum materials to integrate technology across a variety of mathematics topics in elementary and middle grades. This course will offer differentiated reading and assignment options that target both research and classroom practice.

TEAC 892 - Teacher Learning about Reasoning & Sense Making in Secondary Mathematics

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 1pm - 5pm
Paired With: MATH 810T (Lincoln)
This course will focus on three main issues: exploring the nature of reasoning-and-proving in secondary mathematics; establishing criteria for judging the validity of mathematical arguments; and, developing strategies for modifying current textbook tasks to provide more reasoning opportunities for students. Course materials include math tasks, cases drawn from real secondary mathematics classrooms, related student work, and prompts for mathematical and pedagogical discussions and reflections. This is an excellent course to help secondary teachers make immediate improvements to their mathematics classrooms in order to better prepare students for the NeSA-M.
NMSSI Courses for Science Teachers

GEOS 898 - Methods in Geoscience Field Instruction

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Fieldwork
Dates: June 7 (on campus), June 8 (depart at 8am), June 22 (return by 5pm)
A 16-day, inquiry-based geology field course in which participants will enhance their inquiry skills and experience learning (and camping) in the great outdoors across Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The primary aim of this course is to improve educators' ability to teach inquiry, gain knowledge and understanding of geoscience, and to demonstrate effective teaching methods for 6-12 learning environments. Participants will discover, observe and study a variety of natural phenomena, focusing on Earth processes and geological history. Enrollment is limited to 9.

GEOS 898 - Nebraska Geology Through Time

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: July 9-13, 8am - 5pm
This course is a one-week tour through key events in the geologic history of Nebraska. We will begin 1.8 billion years ago, with the mountain-building events that created the oldest rocks in Nebraska. Subsequently, we will step through time in chronological order, taking a couple of half-day field trips to look at ~300 million-year-old rocks within easy driving distance of Lincoln. The course includes a tour of the paleontology displays in the State Museum, learning in detail about the Highway Paleontology program and Nebraska's Cenozoic Megafauna. We will finish with an overview of relatively recent (~5 million year) geomorphologic and geologic process in Nebraska, so that students are equipped to incorporate a Nebraska-based examples into a variety of learning modules.

GEOS 898 - Weather, Climate and Climate Change

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Online
Dates: June 4-July 6
This course will cover the scientific principles that govern our planet's weather and climate, and will demonstrate ways to teach these concepts to students using experiments and observations. Participants will leave the course with the confidence, knowledge and resources to teach their students about weather, climate, and climate change. The online section of this course does not qualify for the 20% tuition discount.

SCIL 800 - Experiential Learning in Food, Energy and Water Systems II

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 11-15, 8am - 5pm
A 1-week workshop designed to support current middle- and high school teachers to a) learn about and experience current water science research and b) translate this research into innovative classroom experiences for their own students. Participants will complete a research apprenticeship with UNL water scientists from multiple research teams that will provide them with a challenging and engaging professional development experience. The course will culminate in the development of a set of instructional plans and resources that reflect participants' experience conducting research on the state's water systems and are aligned with Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for Science.

SOCI 898 - Social Psychological Processes in the STEM Classroom: Activating STEM Identities

Audience: K123456789101112
Credit Hours: 3
Location: Lincoln
Dates: June 25-29, 8am - 5pm
This class covers a broad range of social psychological topics and processes to help teachers better understand how social context impacts STEM learning. Students will learn about social inequality in STEM fields, and the individual, interactional, and institutional barriers to developing a science identity for youth from a variety of social locations (rural/urban, gender, race/ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, ELL). The class will learn about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and identity theory, and how they impact formal and informal social interactions and learning in the STEM classroom. They will learn and help formulated practical strategies to reduce their negative impact in order to broaden and widen student engagement in STEM.