Transformational Geometry

High School Content Institute

July 11-14, 2016

8:00 - 2:30

The Michigan Standards for High School Mathematics expect students to:

  • Experiment with transformations in the plane.
  • Understand congruence in terms of rigid motions.
  • Understand similarity in terms of similarity transformations.

  • To what extent are these standards similar to or different from former standards that also included transformations?
  • How might the differences impact the ways in which geometric ideas develop in a course?
  • What resources might teachers draw from to develop these ideas?

In this four day content institute, participants will...


  • the concepts of congruence, similarity, and symmetry from the perspective of transformations
  • the development of transformations in algebra, functions, and geometry for grades 7-11
  • formative assessment pedagogy: strategies for assessment for learning in geometry
  • ways in which computer-based kinesthetic and visual encounters with geometric functions make abstract geometric ideas real to students and enable them to build abstract function concepts based on their sensory-motor experiences


  • inquiry-based learning environments with rich mathematical tasks
  • collaborative conversations and networking

Meet our Facilitators

AJ and Jason have worked together for many years on various projects to improve learning and teaching mathematics. AJ’s research focuses on the implementation of problem-centered, inquiry-oriented curriculum materials at the middle and high school grades, including the Core-Plus Mathematics Project and the Connected Mathematics Project. Jason works with schools in West Michigan providing professional learning for teachers, including the teaching and learning of geometry. He currently serves as a regional director on the board of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, a leadership organization in mathematics education.

Can't make the workshop?

Check out the brand new geometry progression document from the the Institute for Mathematics and Education.