• GWI Center for Professional Development (map)
  • 6001 West 16th Avenue
  • Lakewood, CO, 80214
  • United States

Fee: $300

Geometry! - Mike Waski

From the inspirational to the practical, this workshop has it all! Join us for a 3-day geek-out on Geometry!

In this workshop, you will learn how to get geometry to appeal to adolescents through stories and mathematical mind benders.


General Overview

The main thread of this workshop will be how to integrate geometry into algebra: what are the connections between them? How did we get to algebra from geometry? And how can solving problems using geometry be a context for algebra?

There will also be…

Practical lessons, such as

·        How to prepare student to transition from inductive to deductive reasoning. What is proof? How do you know what is true? How come a true circle exists only in my mind?

·        The lesson behind Zeno’s Paradox. Is motion nothing but an illusion?

·        Who are Diophantus and Euclid and why does it matter?

·        Work with Solids, like fun with the dodecahedron.

·        A touch on Trigonometry. What is pii? What is infinity? Did you know you can never drop anything on the ground?

Hands on activities, such as

·        Use of games, puzzles, and activities, such as Mastermind, to begin “if, then…” reasoning.

·        Work on Geo-Constructions with a compass and straight edge – Bring your own Compass!

·        And the crowd-pleaser: making your own Mobius strips! Just need paper and scissors.

It is recommended participants bring a quality compass and straightedge for geometric constructions.

The event will be held at the GWI Center for Professional Development. Free parking is available. Participants are responsible for their own housing.

The workshop will run from 9:00am-4:00pm each day. Lunch, snacks and coffee/tea are provided each day. 

Please arrive 15-20 minutes early on Thursday, October 11 to check in.

Michael Waski is a math teacher at the Montessori High School in Cleveland, OH. He holds the AMI elementary diploma from Bergamo, a BS from Kent State University, and an MA in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Michael has been teaching for 21 years, 17 of which have been at the adolescent level. In addition, Mike is a member of the visiting faculty on the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies program as well as a frequent NAMTA presenter. Mike is also the author of Montessori Algebra for the Adolescent, the holy grail of advanced Montessori math for the adolescent.