Workshop: Math thru Its History
“How can I help my students make sense of fractions and negative numbers?”
“Some of my students don’t really get place value. Is there a different approach that might help them?”
Each participant receives a free copy of Pathways from the Past, Set I, a 64-
I. History in Math Class: First Thoughts
Why should I use history? How will it help my students learn the math they need? What do I need to know before I start?
II. Writing Whole Numbers: Place Value
Learn about our base-
III. Zero Is Not Nothing: Special Properties of Zero
See the different roles of zero in elementary math: as a place holder, as a number, and as a valuable tool in solving equations.
IV. Broken Numbers: Fraction Arithmetic
Trace unit fractions back to ancient Egypt.
See how the Babylonians’ of place-
Translate the Latin numerator and denominator as “counting parts.”
Connect place value with decimals and percent.
V. Less than Nothing?: Negative Numbers
How long did it take for negatives to be recognized as numbers?
Why do the rules for signed numbers work the way they do?
What makes ordering negatives puzzling and difficult?
How can patterns guide our thinking about negative numbers?
Certificates of Attendance
will be provided.
Set I: Using History to Teach Numbers, Numerals,
Writing Numbers in Base Ten
Zero in Arithmetic and Algebra
Fractions, Decimals, & Percent
Dr. William Berlinghoff has been teaching and writing math text materials for more than 40 years. He is author or co-
In this full-
This workshop’s topics are in the Numbers and Operations parts of the NCTM Focal Points for grades 5 -
Dr. Berlinghoff’s approach implements the spirit of the NCTM’s 2009 document, Reasoning and Sense Making, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice if the Common Core.
Some participants’ comments:
―“I am very excited to use these [materials] in the classroom. The info correlates with the standards I teach and are the areas my students struggle with.” (8th grade teacher)
― “I love the materials. The activities are well constructed and ready to use with kids.”
(7th grade teacher)
― “The presenter was really good at explaining things.” (6th grade teacher)
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