WCHM Summer Course: 2017 Classes

Course structure and Classes

Participants will be able to join four 3-hour sessions over the two days, with a break for lunch in between and a ready supply of coffee to keep the brain going.

There will be three types of session, all led by members of Wellington’s Maths Department.

  1. Understanding the material
    These sessions principally take the form of an SKE session; teachers will be given the opportunity to tackle questions from the book, discuss a range of questions on a single topic, and see how the question stream develops knowledge.
    Teachers will be expected to prepare some solutions in advance of the session.
  2. Understanding the resources and their implementation
    The sessions take the form of group discussion drawing on stimulus material provided by the group leader. The aim is to understand how the resources are used in classes, the different styles of instruction that are used in the book, and how teachers respond to challenges in the classroom such as assessment, differentiation and motivation.
  3. Understanding the creation of a Harkness course
    These sessions aim to help teachers develop the skills they need to create their own Harkness resources.

Participants will be encouraged to sign up for courses appropriate to their level of experience. Less-experienced colleagues may want to focus on Type 1 classes, where discussion will focus on ways of introducing mathematical ideas and content in order to build understanding. The exact topics offered will be finalised closer to the time, and will be numbers-dependent, but you can read more about some similar courses we have offered this year. Topics offered through our SKE courses this academic year have included

  • Introducing calculus
  • Trigonometry of the unit circle
  • Logarithms
  • Sequences and series
  • Forces and Newton’s laws
  • Graphs and constant acceleration

The class list for this summer has not yet been finalised, but proposed topics include

  • Small angle approximations
  • Numerical methods
  • Integration techniques

alongside a selection of other courses.

More experienced colleagues – who might be thinking of developing their own Harkness course, or implementing our resources with one of their own classes – might wish to take more Type 2 and Type 3 classes. We are offering two Type 2 classes:

  • Different styles of instruction
    This class will examine a variety of topics from across our full range of books, and explore different ways that definiton, conjecture, experimentation and exemplification form part of the development of student knowledge and understanding
  • Classroom techniques
    This discussion session offers the opprtunity to discuss some of the practical elements of implementing a Harkness course: differentiation; motivation; assessment; monitoring; equipment requirements; supporting students.

We are running one Type 3 class:

  • Creating resources
    This class will¬†present models for creating Harkness resources, explain how ‘horizontal planning’ has been part of our approach and give participants the opportunity to work in groups to create¬†small Harkness resources of their own.