Developing Mathematical Ideas-Facilitation (DMI-F) Institute

July 15 – 19, 2013

DMI-Facilitation institutes offer opportunities for participants to develop skills and knowledge to enable them to lead the chosen program at their own sites. The DMI-F institute will be conducted by the authors of DMI in collaboration with educational leaders who have integrated DMI seminars into the professional development work of their own systems.

DMI-F activities focus on the central mathematical ideas of the module; interactions with participants in whole group, in small groups, and through writing; practice facilitation; and strategic planning with other team members.

Each summer, new activities are added to the DMI-F institute agenda, so participants who are returning for a second module of facilitation work will be engaged in activities different from the previous experience.

The facilitation work is embedded within one of the DMI modules. Prior experience with the specific DMI module is essential before attending the DMI-F institutes focused on that module. Therefore applicants must chose a module with which they are familiar. Attending the DMI institute held the previous week is one way to meet this requirement.

Applicants should choose from the seven strands of DMI:

  • Building a System of Tens: Calculation with Whole Numbers and Decimals (BST)
    Participants explore the base-ten structure of the number system, consider how that structure is exploited in multidigit computational procedures, and examine how basic concepts of whole numbers reappear when working with decimals. (New edition in November 2009)
  • Making Meaning for Operations: In the Domain of Whole Numbers and Fractions (MMO)
    Participants examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. The seminar begins with a view of young children’s counting strategies as they encounter word problems, moves to an examination of the four basic operations on whole numbers, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers. (New edition in November 2009)
  • Examining Features of Shape (EFS)
    Participants examine aspects of 2D and 3D shapes, develop geometric vocabulary, and explore both definitions and properties of geometric objects. The seminar includes a study of angle, similarity, congruence, and the relationships between 3D objects and their 2D representations.
  • Measuring Space in One, Two and Three Dimensions (MS1213)
    Participants examine different aspects of size, develop facility in composing and decomposing shapes, and apply these skills to make sense of formulas for area and volume. They also explore conceptual issues of length, area, and volume, as well as their complex inter-relationships.
  • Working with Data (WwD)
    Participants work with the collection, representation, description, and interpretation of data. They learn what various graphs and statistical measures show about features of the data, study how to summarize data when comparing groups, and consider whether the data provide insight into the questions that led to data collection.
  • Reasoning Algebraically about Operations: In the Domain of Whole Numbers and Integers (RAO)
    Participants examine generalizations at the heart of the study of operations in the elementary grades. They express these generalizations in common language and in algebraic notation, develop arguments based on representations of the operations, study what it means to prove a generalization, and extend their generalizations and arguments when the domain under consideration expands from whole numbers to integers.
  • Patterns, Functions, and Change (PFC)
    Participants discover how the study of repeating patterns and number sequences can lead to ideas of functions, learn how to read tables and graphs to interpret phenomena of change, and use algebraic notation to write function rules. With a particular emphasis on linear functions, participants also explore quadratic and exponential functions and examine how various features of a function are seen in graphs, tables, or rules.

For an application to the summer institute, see Summer Institute Application.

See the Schedules & Costs page for schedule information.