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2 Day Seminars

Thinking Graphically in Algebra 1: A Function Approach

Need inspiration for your Algebra 1 classes?  This is the course for you!  The instructor has created a curriculum for her Algebra 1 classes that puts function and graphing at the center and is compliant with the Common Core Standards.  The scope and sequence that will be examined allows students to review and work towards mastery of the important foundational algebra skills while exploring topics that are now included in the Algebra 1 curriculum.  We will explore a variety of activities that will challenge all levels of students and walk away with a notebook full of resources.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • assess and create global-minded essential questions for the Algebra 1 curriculum
  • decide which activities are most appropriate for the learners in their classroom
  • modify activities that get students talking and listening to each other and doing mathematics
  • compare a function-centered math curriculum with their current curriculum
  • assess the Algebra 1 curriculum through a wider lens that incorporates understanding and review



This course is appropriate for educators at the middle and high school level.



Participants wishing to receive 1 graduate credit for this course must bring payment of $200 on the first day of the seminar. Payment must be made via credit card or check made out to Fitchburg State University. Cash or Purchase Order will not be accepted for this payment.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs, 1 Graduate Credit ($200 additional fee payable on first day of seminar)
Dates/Time Price
July 17-18, 2018
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Jenn Sauriol

Jennifer was the mathematics department head at Landmark High School for many years and has been associated with Landmark for the last 25 years.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from William and Mary, a master’s degree in special education from Simmons College and a Ph.D. in education from Tufts University.  Her doctoral dissertation focused on the creation of a function-centered Algebra 1 curriculum with research conducted with students at Landmark. Jennifer is currently working at Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District as the 6-12 mathematics curriculum coordinator.  

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