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The Mathematics Instructional Learning Community (MILC) Project is an alliance among Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) math teachers focusing on: - Increasing the pedagogy and content knowledge of math teachers;
- Integrating technology tools into everyday math instruction; and
- Developing, implementing and revising units of study.
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lhelton |
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Hey Gang, I guess the first thing that we need to do is decide on a topic for our group. If you look at your timeline for the classes that you teach, we could target the month of March or April. | |||

scole |
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Math Posts: 50 Location: Tates Creek | Hi, all. Since everyone in the math department teaches some form of algebra, I am leaning towards us choosing a March/April algebra topic for our project. That way, more folks will benefit from our work. After we meet, discuss, and decide, though, we may find we can double-up and do one for geometry as well. (Is that being overly optimistic?) So ... still thinking on it ... | ||

keichhorn |
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Math Posts: 15 Location: Tates Creek | sounds great! i think it is a great idea to tie in geometry since I teach both. | ||

keichhorn |
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Math Posts: 15 Location: Tates Creek | I was thinking that a possible topic for algebra might be quadratic equations. What do you all think? For geometry we could maybe do surface area? | ||

lhelton |
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Sounds really good! If everyone is in agreement with doing a project with quadratic equations and geometry, then we are focused. I am not sure what we should be doing next. | |||

scole |
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Math Posts: 50 Location: Tates Creek | Although I think the topic of quadratic equations would give us a great deal with which to work, I don't want to commit just yet to that topic. It's not at all a bad idea, but I'd like us to really think about what concepts we teach in the spring first. Are there any other algebra topics for which we have very few (if any) "cool" lesson plans or with which students traditionally experience a great deal of difficulty? Since we'd be spending so much time developing these lessons anyway, if we can find a topic that doesn't already have a lot of material prepared for it, we may be better serving ourselves by choosing that. Like I said, I think quadratics is a fine idea, but before we commit, let's make sure we've really thought it through. For geometry, since I don't teach it, why don't we ask the other geometry teachers what they'd like to see lessons developed for. If they're OK with surface area, then I'm OK with surface area. I'd just like their input first. | ||

nfeese |
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Math Location: IAKSS | You are doing exactly what you should be doing...Discussion about what the topic will be and how the time best spent...what do teachers really need and want...what would get the most bang for the buck...Keep us the great work! | ||

keichhorn |
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Math Posts: 15 Location: Tates Creek | I talk to all the general Geometry teachers, and they said surface area would be a good topic. Has anyone else received any suggestions from other teachers? | ||

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