This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from pre-school through adult. Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he takes you on a sometimes-humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college. In addition, considerable attention will be given to identifying the “why” of the study of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of concepts instead of rote memorization. (This workshop is especially helpful for beginning home schooling parents.)
Tom Clark is a lifelong teacher of mathematics and science, with 46 years’ experience in education. In addition to teaching, he has served as the state mathematics supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education, the supervisor of K-12 mathematics for Indianapolis Public Schools, and director of curriculum development. In addition, he has authored several mathematical resources for the Houghton-Mifflin Publishing Co. and for the Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. His unique awareness of the needs of both teachers and students has helped him win the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award, the Purdue Chancellor’s Award, and the Purdue School of Science Faculty Teaching Award. In the last 18 years he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction and that help with both individualized and group learning. He has written several articles on the subject and has been a featured speaker at many conferences across the country, addressing techniques of interweaving technology and instruction for concept development, especially in the areas of middle school and high school mathematics. Tom is currently president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology. The company’s two major programs, “Algebra: A Complete Course” and “Geometry: A Complete Course,” have been acclaimed nationwide, as comprehensive college-preparatory mathematics courses.