PIMMS Intel Math Institute
The PIMMS Intel Math Institute gets K-8 teachers excited about math, prepared for Common Core, and equipped with a toolkit of activities to bring key math concepts into their classrooms through the arts and more.“The Intel Math Program at PIMMS was an incredible learning experience. There was rigor, community, and an incredible amount of mathematics.” –Meriden Math Coach
The core of the program is a Summer Course, co-taught by an Intel-trained mathematician and math education specialist. The Summer Institute includes the 80-hour, intensive math curriculum from Intel, which was recently directly aligned to the Common Core Standards. The curriculum starts at addition and builds a foundation of understanding based on the interconnectivity of the concepts. Our entire 2014 teacher cohort showed 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.
Our inaugural cohort of teachers joined us from Middletown and Meriden. Two Green Street teaching artists took the Intel Math class alongside 30 classroom teachers and used that experience to develop arts integration follow up workshops. Preliminary data shows that all the teachers who participated in the 2014 Summer Intel Math Class showed an increase in math content understanding and math confidence.
“Words can’t express how you have impacted me as a student and as a teacher.” –Teacher Participant
The Institute includes an Intel Math summer class and a selection of 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. Intel Math Units address addition through functions. 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 can also develop customized workshops for your district if desired.
“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
PIMMS also brings together a math professional learning community twice a year to present new resources and share with each other what is working in the classroom and what challenges teachers are still facing. The math potluck-style events allow us to share information, ask difficult questions, help each other with new ideas, and most importantly, build community.
The PIMMS Math Institute is made possible with a Connecticut Math and Science Partnership grant. If your district is interested in bringing the PIMMS Math Institute to your teachers, please contact our director, Sara MacSorley.