Latex For Progressive Mathematics Teachers

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Situation/Need

There is a need to professionally support mathematics teachers because:

  • Technological change is now extremely fast.
  • Teaching and learning has changed.
  • The way people produce/generate, distribute and consume information has totalyy been flipped.
  • New ways are needed to add value to education using technology
  • New curriculum
  • Shift in the way we are teaching from the way we are taught
  • Insufficient time focused on mathematics in teacher education programs
  • Professional requests for support
  • Student learning need
  • Division desire to improve student learning in mathematics
  • Increased emphasis and focus on Mathematics by the Provincial Ministry of Education.
  • Media coverage around the mathematics curricula and instruction continues to bring external attention to our students’ results in mathematics.
  • Changes to school board budgets could potentially limit the extent and scope
    of this work.
  • Changes to the roles of consultants and a smaller consultant mathematics support team could potentially limit the amount of support available to teachers, administrators and parents.

Goals

  • Expose teachers to mathematics in a different context.
  • Increase teacher value proposition to learners
  • Increase technical confidence of teachers
  • Faster content creation cycles
  • Create a community
  • In order to increase student engagement and achievement in mathematics, we will work to
    develop communities of professional learners. Our learners will own their learning, openly reflecting on student learning, and implement powerful mathematical instructional practices that meet the needs of all their students.
  • Feeling supported in learning
  • Sense of belonging in a community of professional learners
  • Reflecting on their practice and student learning
  • Increased Understanding of grade specific curriculum
  • Increase understanding of mathematics content
  • Increased understanding in mathematics pedagogy
  • Increased understanding of effective mathematics instruction
  • Increased enjoyment in teaching mathematics
  • Increased understanding of content development across mathematics curricula
  • Strong professional judgment in mathematics
  • Ability to deliver differentiated instruction informed by assessment and understanding of
    essential understandings in K-8 curricula
  • Leading and supporting mathematics teaching with colleagues
  • Feeling a part of a community of math learners that is selfled and self-sustained.
  • Confidence and competence in mathematics
  • Engaged in their mathematics learning
  • Increased achievement in mathematics
  • Increased understanding of providing leadership for learning in mathematics
  • Increased understand of leading community of professional learners

 

Our Beliefs

  • Teachers learn best given a supportive community environment, the opportunity to learn with and from peers, time to process and choice in their learning.
  • Teachers want to develop themselves professionally.
  • Student learning will increase with increased teacher knowledge in the pedagogy, instruction and content of mathematics.
  • Teachers will naturally be willing to share their learning with others in the community, the school, and the division.
  • Funding and support of this project will continue into the future.
  • Administrators will act as instructional leaders in their buildings to support mathematics instruction.
  • Parents will be willing to participate in informing resource development and information “events”.

Why Latex?

LaTeX offers teachers several advantages over an editor like Microsoft Word.

  • Including mathematical expressions in LaTeX involves typing a few appropriate characters. By contrast, including mathematics in Word requires Equation Editor, a cumbersome and slow graphical user interface
  • Because content is specified in a plain text file, tasks which would be laborious in Word can often be handled efficiently with search-and-replace or other time-saving mechanisms
  • For the preceding reasons, LaTeX offers significant long-run time savings
  • Many users find that typesetting in LaTeX becomes increasingly fun and convenient over time. By contrast, experience suggests that the frustrations of Word largely persist even for the expert user
  • Because LaTeX is open source, you can easily share your content with other teachers without version compatibility or licensing issues
  • Because LaTeX has been adapted to the needs of math and science research communities, you are unlikely to want notation unachievable in LaTeX
  • Repetitive tasks can more easily be automated. For example, producing practice sheets for students learning their times tables can be done a couple of seconds with the appropriate setup
  • LaTeX is sufficiently popular that forums and other internet resources provide good support for those interested in advanced features

What you will learn

Learn the basics of creating a document in LaTex

  • Be able to import and layout graphics

  • Manage citations and references with biobliographies and bibligraphy styles

  • Format and number graphics, tables, and sections
  • Create well formatted mathematical equations, algorithms, and proofs

Requirements

  • You must be able to download and install software on your computer

Description

This course is open to anyone who wants to learn how to create a professional quality, typeset publication. In addition to improving the aesthetic quality of your work, LaTeX users benefit from automating many of the tedious processes involved in writing a professional publication.

LaTeX allows you to manage references, figures, tables, footnotes, formatting, mathematical equations, algorithms, scientific proofs, and more in a programmatic fashion that provides benefits far exceeding that of word processing software.

Need to format a paper for a specific venue? Many academic journals and conferences provide LaTeX Style files (.sty) for correctly typesetting your submission. With one line of code, you can modify your publication to match the style of many leading academic publishing outlets.

Not writing a paper? LaTeX can also be used for books, reports, technical and business documents, screenplays, resumes, letters … anything you want to write!

The course uses tools that are freely available online for Mac (Linux) and Windows users. Templates are included for download to get you started.

 

Who this course is for?

  • LaTeX beginners: no previous typesetting or programming experience required
  • Specifically geared to academic writers, but useful to anyone who wants to create professionally typeset documents
  • Graduate students, especially in math and science fields
  • Academic researchers
  • Anyone who writes!

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