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Geometry in Construction

When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:00 AM - Friday, August 15, 2014 5:00 PM

Where: ACTE Region 1


 Geometry in Construction – Midwest/ACTE Region 1

“Why do I have to learn this?  When am I ever going to use this?”  These are common questions asked by students in classrooms across the nation.  When students don’t see meaningful connections between what they are learning and the real world, their brains shut down and learning stops. 

Knowing this, the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) in Marquette, Michigan is helping local school districts implement a unique program that uses the construction trades to reinforce math concepts.  The program developed by two teachers from Loveland (CO) High School, Construction Trades Teacher Scott Burke and Math Teacher Tom Moore, is called Geometry in Construction (GIC)and its results in math achievement have been outstanding. 

Ishpeming High School became the first school in Michigan to pilot this program during the 2013-14 school year and, although their pilot was limited, they experienced much of the same success that other schools around the country are seeing in terms of increased student engagement and improved math achievement.  Another benefit of the program is the high percentage of female students who are introduced to the construction trades, many of whom distinguish themselves as leaders within the cooperative learning groups that are key to the program.

Thanks to the Eagle Mine, which is sponsoring the event, MARESA will host a four-day Geometry in Construction Training, August 12-15 at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex in Marquette, Michigan.   The Eagle Mine’s generous grant will allow us to offer the entire GIC curriculum, innovative teaching stategies and training at a cost of $500 per teacher (normally $1,600 per teacher).  Please note that teachers must attend as a team of one math teacher and one CTE teacher.  

You can learn more about the Geometry In Construction program at: http://www.geometryinconstruction.org

If you are interested in attending this training and acquiring the GIC curriculum, please contact Brian Sarvello, MARESA CTE Director at 906-362-1450 or bsarvello@maresa.org.

We are limited to 30 instructors for this training, so please act quickly.  Thank you. 

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