|Jim Olsen's Home Page|
Mathematics Teacher Education Summit, Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9am – 4pm at Lincoln Land Community College. This teacher education summit is designed to provide updates, networking, and sharing opportunities for all involved in the teacher education process in Illinois. The focus is on the new math standards for elementary ('Part 20') and middle school teachers ('Part 21'). For more information, and to register, see http://illinoiseledandmsteachered.wordpress.com/.
This is project is now complete. There are 4 Learnist Boards (1, 2, 3, 4). Each board explains 6 important percent concepts (for a total of 24 concepts). Click>>24 Percent Tweets for the information webpage. Click>>Learnist Board to get started. I hope you can use this to teach or learn about percent and its applications.
Mental Math Worksheets DONE for Eighth Grade and for Algebra I - 30 worksheets each, teaching 30 strategies. Free download.
Annual Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers Conference - April 10, 2015, on the WIU Macomb campus.
Tasks and Resources for Preparing High School Classrooms for the PARCC Assessments (9-12) - Teacher workshop materials & links. Adkinson, IL (BHS R.O.E. - 10/29/2013), Rock Island, IL (RI-R.O.E. - 12/5/13), Macomb, IL (R.O.E. #26 - 2/26/14); Quincy, IL (R.O.E. #1 - 4/30/14).
Math Contests at Western Illinois University For Middle School and High School Students - This is as ongoing initiative at W.I.U. Get your students involved!
My Spring 2014 Courses: (Click here for office hours.)
Quizlet Page - Quizlet is a great program (and app for iPad or other tablet) for making flash cards and review materials.
Western Illinois Mathematics Teacher Transformation Institute (WI-MTTI) This ISBE grant provides professional development for secondary mathematics teachers in our area during summer 2012, the 2012-13 school year, and summer 2013. Please see wiu.edu/coehs/wi-mtti/ for the details.
Quincy K-6 CCSSM Presentation (1/18/2013) Agenda/Outline and PowerPoint. Most of the resource are found on the Common Core Math Standards: Information, Links, and Resources page.
E.I.U. (April 9, 2013) - Teaching and Practicing Mental Math Strategies in Applied and Mathematical Contexts presentation PowerPoint slides.
Resources and Updates for the CCSSM, PARCC, and the iPad - For West Prairie School ~ 11/16/2012
Increasing Mathematical Understanding for the Common Core - Number Sense and Fractions - Quincy, IL (4/12/13), Macomb, IL (1/30/13), Moline, IL (1/25/2013), Monmouth, IL (10/19/2012), and Atkinson, IL (9/21/2012) Workshop Materials/Handouts/Links
Brain-Based Learning and Learning Theories - much has been discovered and written lately -- and this helps us help our students learn.
iPad For Novices and iPad For Schools: Information, Links, and Resources - Since I'm new at the iPad, I made these pages to help myself and other newbies. A Few More iPad Tips
Volume and Surface Area Webpage - Prisms, Pyramids, Cylinders, and Cones
Online Math Games, Demonstration/Exploration Tools, & Puzzles, organized by grade, K through 12.
Spreadsheet of All Games ~ ~ Spreadsheet of All Demonstration/Exploration Tools
Navigating the Landscape of Fraction, Decimal, and Percent Problems - Documents, problems, and handouts from our presentations at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting, October 22, 2011, the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, April 8, 2011, and the Western Illinois University Mathematics Teachers' Conference, March 23, 2012.
Mental Math Workshop Handouts - Feb. 28, 2012, Macomb, IL & Nov. 1, 2011, Atkinson, IL.
RATES Project - Real-world Applications Teaching Everyday Solutions curriculum development project
Math Fundamentals - How ~ Why ~ Games ~ Practice
My PowerPoint on the Berlin Wall.
I am a professor in the Mathematics Department at Western Illinois University. I teach mathematics courses and teaching methods courses for prospective and practicing teachers. My research interests are student understanding of the function concept, educational uses of technology, and problem solving. For more detailed information, click Info on Dr. O.
Please use the following links:
|Teaching Resources||For Students||Other Info.||Info on Dr. O.|
(including information for Practicing and Prospective
|James R. Olsen, Ph.D.
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Page URL: faculty.wiu.edu/JR-Olsen/wiu/ or www.wiu.edu/users/mfjro1/wiu/
Old (past) announcements archive.
updated: June 28, 2014
The ultimate goals of mathematics education are to find meaning and to solve problems.
Love ~ Learn ~ Engage ~ Empower
Counter since 9/17/05
Frank and Ernest (comic), by Tom Thaves, is often subtly profound with a light-hearted approach. "You just need an outlet" - which provides power - has meaning on multiple levels.