Calculus for Middle Level Teachers


MATH 808T: Concepts of Calculus for Middle Level Teachers in Omaha, June 18-22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Class # 3014)

Students in this course will develop conceptual knowledge of the processes of differentiation and integration, along with an understanding of their applications and of the relationship between the two. Topics will include rates of change, slopes of tangent lines, limits, derivatives, areas, integrals and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

Emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and connections to the middle level curriculum, serving as an introduction to the basic concepts of calculus. The course is designed around a series of explorations through which participants are led to discover the main ideas of calculus.

The primary goal is to help teachers develop a fundamental understanding of the key mathematical ideas in calculus in order to broaden their mathematical perspective and gain insight into the topics in middle level curriculum which are related and foundational to its development. Graphing calculator strongly recommended (TI 84 and above).

This course has been successfully taught to teachers of grades 5-8 as part of the Math in the Middle program. The Omaha section will be taught by Omaha Public Schools teacher Greg Sand, a Noyce Master Teacher through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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