Nine teachers from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota were invited to participate in the Holl Mathematical Discovery for Teachers Workshop held at Iowa State University July 14-18. Math Instructor Lynn Yoder was one of the invited participants.
The workshop focused on a mathematical discovery process, including numerical experiments to gather data, observing patterns in the data, making conjectures, and proving (or disproving) the conjectures. Implementation of these ideas with students was also discussed. Participants were introduced to the free mathematical software Sage and used it to gather data. You may find more information about their study by clicking here.
My group spent the entire week researching the iteration problem. At the end of the week we gave a presentation to the whole group about our findings.
Lynn says, “The workshop was just one week but the professors that led the workshop encouraged our group to publish a paper about our findings. So we spent the next few weeks summarizing and compiling our findings into a paper that is to be eventually published in Mathematics Magazine. (This is exciting since I’ve never been part of a mathematics publication before.) The goal of the workshop was to let secondary math teachers experience mathematical research. It was a fun and challenging week!”