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For over thirty years I’ve been able to do what I love: teach mathematics.  Teaching has led me on a wonderful journey from working with high school students writing Discovering Geometry and other math materials, and sharing my professional development services with fellow educators.

Most recently my path has led me to some exciting classes as the “mathemagician” with local fifth grade students. These youngsters explored algebra, geometry, and probability, through a variety of games and puzzles and they did it with delight and enthusiasm. No math anxiety here!

Please browse through our website and see all of the materials which are available:  DG textbook, math supplements, the Games and Puzzles series, geometry videos, and scheduled speaking engagements. Please feel free to contact us for professional development for your school or district. If you were a past student or participant who enjoyed my classes, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Michael


Institute Description

Institutes are one to five full-day sessions. This format is ideal for full immersion into Inquiry-based Learning.  At Michael’s institute, you will be engaged in exciting hands-on activities from start to finish.  Participants, working in a cooperative-learning environment, will perform investigations, discuss results with group members, make conjectures, test them, and use their problem solving skills.  In addition to the traditional geometry tools of compass, straightedge, ruler, and protractor, participants will have extensive experiences with Patty Paper and The Geometer’s Sketchpad. Some recent examples can be seen below.

Each institute is custom designed to meet your needs. Institutes can be set up at host school district sites or arrangements can be made for a full immersion geometry institute in San Francisco. Pricing is based on length of time, the number of visits, topics requiring special equipment and materials, and amount of travel involved. For more information please contact us at mserramath@gmail.com.

One Day Institute

One Day Institutes are ideal for teachers/school districts that want one day of PD covering a few content strands or a quick overview of the Discovering Geometry textbook and its approach. If the client wishes to focus on only one topic, such as Cooperative Learning, then a One Day Institute may be sufficient. A One Day Institute provides approximately five to six hours of instruction.

Two Day Institute

Two Day Institutes are ideal for teachers/school districts that want a more in-depth look at Inquiry-based Learning or a more detailed look at the Discovering Geometry textbook. In addition to a closer look at Discovering Geometry, topics may include Cooperative Learning, Discovering Learning, and Classroom Management. A Two Day Institute provides about 10 to 12 hours of instruction.

Three Day Institute

A Three Day Institute provides about 15 to 18 hours of instruction.

Four Day Institute

A Four Day Institute provides about 20 to 24 hours of instruction.

 Five Day Institute

A Five Day Institute provides about 25 to 30 hours of instruction.