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Participants of the 2018 6-12 Mathematics Academy will work to (1) develop a deeper knowledge of the mathematics at the center of the middle or high school curriculum, (2) analyze, refine, and reflect on classroom practices, and (3) explore how to use this knowledge for the benefit of their students, colleagues, and profession. These goals will be reflected in Academy sessions and activities that challenge participants to think critically about the mathematics they teach, encourage exploration of meaningful tasks designed to promote critical thinking, and consider how students can develop an understanding of key mathematical ideas. The Academy faculty, featuring master teachers and teacher educators, will use current methods and appropriate technology across the content strands to provide a rich learning experience that participants can bring to their own classrooms.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
Geoffray Estes is an in-service teacher at Harrisonburg High School who is actively pursuing a Ph.D. in the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT) Integrative STEM Education program. He received an A.A. in Mathematics and Science from Norwalk Community Technical College in Connecticut. Geoff earned a B.S. Ed. and M.S. Ed. in Mathematics Education from The University of Georgia. As a secondary Mathematics teacher, he also collaborates with the HHS Governor’s STEM Academy, mentors the robotics team, and teaches an Introduction to Robotics course. At the college level, Geoff teaches mathematics content courses at Blue Ridge Community College, and teaches a variety of courses relating to research and pedagogy as a Graduate Adjunct in the James Madison University (JMU) College of Education.