Developed for teachers interested in acquiring content and strategies for teaching advanced courses, these seminars will be facilitated by a master teacher and will provide a forum for the exploration and discussion of course content, best practices and instructional strategies.
This workshop will engage Pre-AP High School Algebra II and Pre-Calculus teachers in cutting edge mathematical explorations and strategies that they can use with their own students when they return to the classroom. Throughout the day, teachers will develop new and efficient ways to assess student mastery of mathematics.
The day will focus on exploring multiple representations of all functions covered at the Algebra II/Pre- calculus level. The Algebra II portion of the day will focus on transformations of the graphs of functions and an experiment with logarithmic and exponential implications. Algebra II and Precalculus will be bridged with exploring the concept of rate of change. The Precalculus time of the day will develop trigonometry, with special emphasis on polar equations, and conic sections.
Melissa Burkhead teaches Pre-AP Geometry, Pre-AP Pre-Calculus and BC Calculus at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been teaching secondary students for 24 years, including in Mexico City, the El Paso public schools, Austin’s magnet school program and the Episcopal school system. Ms. Burkhead has presented at numerous AP conferences and most recently represented The College Board with a special AP Calculus focus inboth Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Bogotá, Colombia. She is also a reader for the AP Calculus exam. She has contributed to the proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics with articles titled “Linkages, Ellipses, and Elliptical Exercise Machines: Student Explorations,” and “Transforming Teacher Technology Use: Results from Summer Institute Training.” She holds a BA in mathematics and political science from Georgetown College and an MA in education (mathematics specialty) from The University of Texas at El Paso.