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1201.

What's This All About? [electronic resource]

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The national picture for science and math education reform provides a backdrop for principals whose responsibility is forming and articulating a collective vision. Principals examine the implications of TIMSS, state testing, and standards, and look at authentic student work in classrooms.
Online
1999
1202.

Disease and History [electronic resource]: Typhoid Mary and the Search for Perfect Control

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This workshop looks at the history of infectious disease in America with a special focus on typhoid, diphtheria, and polio. Explores how these infections were conquered by medical research and public health regulation. With the aid of contemporary medical journal articles and New York City health records, the onscreen participants investigate the medical and civil liberties issues exemplified by the case of Typhoid Mary Mallon. Facing off as either Board of Health officials or friends of Mary Mallon, workshop participants debate the typhoid carrier's fate.
Online
2001
1203.

Creating Communities That Learn Together [electronic resource]

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With the goal of building learning communities that improve math and science outcomes, this workshop shows several ways that principals can work towards engaging teachers, students, and parents in a new dialogue about education reform.
Online
1999
1204.

Math/Science Skills [electronic resource]: What's Important?

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Principals examine what teachers, college and business leaders, and parents believe students should know and be able to do to be successful in math and science.
Online
1999
1205.

Reworking the Curriculum [electronic resource]: What's Important?

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Principals are looking at new ways to stress authentic knowledge. Examines how new curriculum materials require both principals and teachers to show courage, patience, and endurance.
Online
1999
1206.

Changing Pedagogy [electronic resource]

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Education reform in math and science implies changing teaching and learning strategies in the classroom. Principals discuss how they can foster effective pedagogy.
Online
1999
1207.

Fostering Effective Professional Development for Teachers [electronic resource]

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Principals weigh proven professional development strategies to help teachers implement new reform ideas.
Online
1999
1208.

Professional Development for Principals [electronic resource]

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Professional development for principals is an important tool for reform. Principals learn that taking time for their own professional development is not taking time from their schools.
Online
1999
1209.

Building a Plan for Reform [electronic resource]

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Principals look at ways to overcome obstacles and work toward the goal of sustained and coherent change in math and science.
Online
1999
1210.

Following Children's Ideas in Mathematics [electronic resource]

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Offers an overview of the unprecedented long-term study conducted by Rutgers University followed the development of mathematical thinking in a randomly selected group of students for 12 years. Looks at some of the conditions that made their math achievement possible.
Online
2000
1211.

Are You Convinced? [electronic resource]

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Highlights proof making as one of the key ideas in mathematics. Looks at teachers and students grappling with the same probability problem. Shows how two kinds of proof; proof by cases and proof by induction, naturally grow out of the need to justify and convince others.
Online
2000
1212.

Inventing Notations [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how to foster and appreciate students' notations for their richness and creativity, and looks at some of the possibilities that early work on problems that engage students in creating notation systems might open up for students as they move on toward algebra.
Online
2000
1213.

Thinking Like a Mathematician [electronic resource]

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Asks what does a mathematician do and what does it mean to "think like a mathematician." Parallels what a mathematician does in real-life with the creative thinking of students.
Online
2000
1214.

Building on Useful Ideas [electronic resource]

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Focuses on the teacher's role in fostering thoughful mathematics. Finds out how useful ideas spread through a community of learners and evolve over time.
Online
2000
1215.

Possibilities of Real-Life Problems [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how students come up with a surprising array of strategies and representations to build their understanding of a real-life calculus problem, before they have ever taken calculus.
Online
2000
1216.

Astronomy [electronic resource]: Eliciting Student Ideas

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Introduces constructivism by examining student beliefs about what causes the seasons and their explanations for the different phases of the moon.
Online
1995
1217.

Biology [electronic resource]: Why Are Some Ideas So Difficult?

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Focuses on the need for conceptual understanding and examines the scope of student ideas by exploring the central idea of photosynthesis, that the substance of plants comes mostly from the air.
Online
1995
1218.

Physics [electronic resource]: Hands-on/Minds-on Learning

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Examines overcoming obstacles to conceptual thinking. Questions whether hands-on is the same as minds-on and why some concepts are taught again and again, such as electricity and circuits, but are still difficult to explain and put to work.
Online
1995
1219.

Chemistry [electronic resource]: A House With No Foundation

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Discusses why it is important to teach abstract fundamental ideas to young students so that they will have the foundation they need to build on later in their education.
Online
1995
1220.

Vision [electronic resource]: Can We Believe Our Own Eyes?

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Explores the origins of student ideas to find out whether experience equals learning. Shows how experience can work for or against learning because students can disbelieve concepts that they have "learned."
Online
1995