Thomasville City Schools Math Department and Thomas University's Project Excel held an evening informational session for parents about an often elusive mathematical concept: transformations. Transformations is a topic in geometry that was not taught in any great detail until the State of Georgia changed to the Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. This means that many parents of school-aged children have never had any instruction in it. Without having that knowledge, it makes helping students with homework or studying for tests difficult. Parents had expressed an interest in learning something about transformations, so it was decided to do a “Math Night” in the Scholars Academy Bulldog Café. Board Member Dr. Hazel Jones was hostess with presenters Dr. Dale Graham, Deborah O'Neal, and Christa Graham. Assisting the presenters were Neil Ford, Amanda Wood, and Dee Renfroe. Approximately 40 participants, including students and parents, were involved in hands-on activities that taught them about translation, rotation, reflection, and dilation. There were three main activities beginning with plotting human points on a giant 20' by 20' coordinate plane, then interacting with each other in table top manipulations, and finally using peg boards to enlarge shapes. Parents were excited to close the gap of missing information. Click the button below to view a video of the lesson.
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