Thank you for your interest in MidSchoolMath! The 2017 MidSchoolMath National Conference has concluded but attendees can still find Session Handouts and Resources in the Conference Dropbox at: http://bit.ly/MidSchoolMath2017 Attendees may also want to print a copy of their personalized agenda, using this site, so they have a record of the specific sessions they attended. 

We look forward to returning to Santa Fe next year!  Save the date for March 2-3, 2018 and visit our website at http://www.midschoolmathnationalconference.com/ for updates on the Call for Presenters (late spring 2017) and Early Bird Registration specials (early fall 2017). 

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Saturday, March 4 • 9:20am - 10:35am
Building the Foundations of Differential Calculus in Middle School

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In this session, we will explore how middle school teachers can use pencil and paper graphs, as well as graphs generated by computer software or graphing calculators, to preview important Calculus concepts using the middle school curriculum.

Rate of Change is an important middle school concept that unfortunately gets changed into “slope” in Algebra 1. The study of “slope” continues through high school math until students return to “rate of change” once they get to Calculus.

Using pencil and paper graphs or graphing software generated graphs, you will learn how your students can investigate the concepts of derivatives (instantaneous rate of change; average rate of change; the Mean Value Theorem; non-differentiable functions; end behavior of graphs; and inflection points – all using standard middle school curriculum strategies. By investigating rate of change more deeply, students can increase their understanding of mathematics while also learning more about its applications to real world situations.

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Terry Walsh

Retired Educator, retired math teacher
After retiring after 32 years as a teacher and administrator in suburban Chicago, I moved to Colorado where I was a Secondary Math Instructional Coach in a district near the Denver airport and principal of a charter secondary school in northern Colorado. I was one of three founding... Read More →

Saturday March 4, 2017 9:20am - 10:35am MST
DeVargas Santa Fe Community Convention Center