PIMMS K-8 Math Institute
The Institute includes the Intel Math content course this summer, several follow up workshops on teaching practices and arts integration strategies during the coming school year, and open invitations to our math community potlucks throughout the year.
INTEL MATH COURSE
The core of the program is the Intel Math Summer Course, co-taught by an Intel-trained mathematician and math education specialist. Intel Math is an intensive, 80-hour, content-based course that requires full participation including take home assignments. The course is designed for you as a learner to deepen your own understanding of the K-8 math content and connections between concepts. The curriculum starts at addition and builds a foundation of understanding based on the interconnectivity of the concepts. Each of our cohorts has shown gains in mathematics content understanding. Another huge benefit of the program for teachers is enhanced math confidence. By better understanding the math concepts and how they connect to each other, teachers feel better prepared to lead classroom conversations and answer student questions.
“The Intel Math Program at PIMMS was an incredible learning experience. There was rigor, community, and an incredible amount of mathematics.” –Meriden Math Coach
“There wasn’t a wasted minute and I really got to know my own mathematical understanding. The workload is reasonable and the homework never impacted my ‘home time’. I highly recommend any elementary teacher take this course. It was thorough in math concepts and it never felt like I would fail.” –Meriden Math Coach
MATH FOLLOW UP WORKSHOPS
“Words can’t express how you have impacted me as a student and as a teacher.” –Teacher Participant
We also offer follow up workshops for the school year. Intel Math is all about the math content and has a proven track record of increasing teacher content knowledge. The follow up workshops are about implementation in the classroom. Follow up workshops include topics such as Cuisenaire Rods and other Math Manipulatives, Math on the Move, and Visual Arts in the Math Classroom. We now also have a 3-workshop series book review of NCTM's Principles to Action.
MATH LEARNING COMMUNITY POTLUCKS
PIMMS brings together a math professional learning community twice a year. The math potluck-style events allow us to share information, ask difficult questions, help each other with new ideas, and most importantly, build community.
We have cohorts of teachers from Middletown, Meriden, Killingly, Windham, Hamden, and Vernon who have completed the Intel Math course. Three Green Street teaching artists took the Intel Math class alongside classroom teachers and used that experience to develop arts integration follow up workshops.
The PIMMS K-8 Math Institute is made possible with a Connecticut Math and Science Partnership grant. If your district is interested in bringing the PIMMS K-8 Math Institute to your teachers, please contact our director, Sara MacSorley.