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The Gift of Giving: MATE Faculty Host Math Marketplace for Their Interns

Mathematics Education faculty presented their second annual Mathematics Education Market Place for BS Mathematics Education senior I interns. The Market Place provides an avenue for faculty to send the senior I interns off to their full-time, senior II internship with resources for teaching. This year’s event featured 20 bundles of resources, one for each student. Given that the bundles were not equal in terms of their composition, students first circulated through the room to examine the treasures before names were drawn randomly from a container. First student chosen then quickly selected her/his bundle, followed by the second student drawn, and on to the 20th student. After the 20 selections were made, there were some additional resources provided for students in reverse order of the initial drawing. Resources for the students included some items that were a part of every bundle (stapler, tape dispenser, scissors, pens, markers, protractors) and then unique items such as books, journals, mathematical games, mathematical tools and manipulatives, calculators, software, etc. Although a number of teachers and mathematics education faculty donated items for the Market Place, special thanks goes to Dr. Maureen Grady for organizing the event and Dr. Rose Sinicrope for generously providing funds for many of the office supplies.math-market-2 math-market-1

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Brown to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Abbie Brown from the department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, will deliver the commencement address at this Friday’s graduation ceremony. In his address, Dr. Brown observes that earning a university degree is an exhilarating and satisfying personal investment, and that education helps one see, “the big picture” and more details within that picture. 

More information can be found in the article by Jeannine Manning Hutson http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/abrown14.cfm

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Lucretia Smith – Ready to Start her Career as an Elementary School Teacher

As a child, Lucretia Smith’s favorite game was playing school with her two sisters, and she was always the teacher.

“Teaching is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Smith, whose grandmother predicted her future career path. “I love kids. If there’s a child in need, I am there to the rescue.”

She’s been preparing herself ever since second grade, when she started working with children with disabilities. “I really enjoyed helping the special education teachers,” said Smith.

“By spending time with those students, it taught me that not all people are alike. I treasured helping those who were not able to do the same things that I could.”

Since then, Smith has been an active volunteer and dedicates her spare time to helping both children and adults with disabilities through the Greenville Special Olympics. She has also tutored at the Little Willie Center and been a club leader at the Boys and Girls Club.

“It is very hard for me to back down from doing volunteer or service work because I like giving my time to make someone smile,” she said.

East Carolina University will award Smith with her degree in elementary education on Dec. 19, but one crucial test almost forced her to switch her major.

“It took me a long time to pass the Praxis, which is a test that all education majors have to take,” said Smith. “I was always just two or three points away from passing with the required score of 522.”

But this didn’t hold Smith back for long. After encouragement from her father and advisor, Paige Everett, she persevered. Smith took the test for the final time and passed with a score of 523. “It only takes one point,” she said.

Smith is completing her senior internship in a fifth grade classroom in Greene County, where she spends over eight hours a day teaching English, language arts, math, science and social studies.

After graduation, Smith plans to start teaching right away. With already two elementary school teaching job offers and more interviews lined up, she is anxious to teach in her own classroom. “I’m ready to spread my wings,” she said.

For the full story, please see Lucretia’s entire Pirate Profile

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Students Show Competence Working with SMART Technologies

Using a SMARTboard to create lessons and interactive activities is just one way that pre-service teachers show their competence working with technology.  The focus of the required, EDTC 4001, is for students to gain competence with both existing and emerging technologies to be able to teach the 21st century learner with high levels of thinking and engagement.  Students enjoy their hands-on experiences with SMARTboards:

“Making a Smartboard lesson was one of my favorite assignments I had to complete.  I love creating visuals and engagement tools for my students.”  Casey Worrell

“One of the greatest tools that I have ever used so far as a student and an intern is the tool called a SmartBoard. I love this tool so much. It is so much better than any paper copy or chalkboard activity. A SmartBoard is an interactive electronic white board that a teacher can use with their students. This board has the ability to allow people to use their fingers and hands to operate it.” Chris Edwards

Additionally, many, many ECU students have contributed their work to the online SMART Exchange, a collaborative network for teachers to share lesson ideas and SMART activities. Way to go!

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Student Videos Screened at National UCEA Annual Convention

One of Dr. Martin Rearon’s favorite assignments when he teaches ethics invites participants to story board, script, cast, and create a short video to illustrate either a positive or a problematic instance of ethics in educational leadership. In spring 2014, the participants in LEED 6909 formed four groups and created four seven-minute videos. The videography and editing services were professionally supplied by Mike Myles and Sam Saunders of ECU’s Media and Technology Services, and they both worked with the participants in each video to edit them to the seven minutes stipulated by the assignment.

The quality of the acting contributed to the impact of the multiple points that each of the videos made about ethics in education. Consequently, he sought the participants’ permission to submit all four videos for blind review for possible screening at the Film Festival conducted in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA, http://ucealee.squarespace.com/). Mike and Sam worked with him to edit the assignment videos to meet UCEA’s five-minute requirement. Two of the four videos were accepted by the reviewers, and the other two were just below the cut-off. The two videos accepted for screening are Double Standard and Who’s to Blame.

  • Double Standard was directed by Heather Gray,  and included Denise Adler, Nydra Jones, Donna Moore, and Susan Agrue.
  • Who’s to Blame was directed by Scott Pagona and included Jennifer McClure, DeeDee Barrett, and Cynthia Sego.

The films were screened on Friday and Saturday, Nov 21 and 22, 2014, at the UCEA Annual Convention in Washington, DC (http://ucealee.squarespace.com/annual-convention-2014/).

Congratulations to the directors and casts of the two accepted videos, and many thanks to Mike Myles and Sam Saunders for their professional services.

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ECU to Participate in Global Day of Giving

image‘Tis the season for giving! In honor of #GivingTuesday, East Carolina University is inviting alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff to join the movement by giving a charitable gift* on Tuesday, December 2, to the university that is near and dear to our hearts.

Founded in 2012 to inspire a new tradition of generosity, #GivingTuesday focuses on celebrating kindness and giving back. Support a culture of philanthropy at ECU by making a gift on December 2nd and becoming a partner in securing the university’s future for current students and future generations of Pirates.

Your gifts provide scholarships, enrich teaching resources and libraries, offer hands-on learning lessons, support research and the arts, deliver classroom enhancements, and afford study abroad living/learning opportunities – all of which help ECU attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty.

Help spread the word! Mark you calendar to #GiveTueECU on December 2, tell your friends, and post on social media using the hashtags #GivingTuesdayECU and #GiveTueECU. “I Gave” badges will be available through ECU’s University Advancement and East Carolina Alumni Association’s social media accounts on December 2.

Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayECU movement. Thank you for your support!

Contact us at (252) ECU-GIVE (252-328-4483) or give2ecu@ecu.edu.

*Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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East Carolina University Principal Fellows Program

According to the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program website, The Principal Fellows Program provides a competitive, merit-based scholarship loan to individuals of exceptional academic ability who have teaching or relevant experience and who desire to enter school administration in a North Carolina public school. Through this scholarship loan, fellows have the opportunity to pursue their studies full-time and earn a Master of School Administration (MSA) degree in two years. The program consists of one year of full-time academic study at one of eleven designated colleges in the UNC system, followed by one year of a full-time internship in a North Carolina public school while attending school part-time. Fellows are provided with and must participate in regularly scheduled enrichment experiences to augment their learning opportunities as they prepare for the challenges of being a principal or assistant principal. Fellows must agree to practice as full-time administrators for four years within six years following the completion of their degree as repayment for their scholarship loan.

The opportunity to become a school administrator is an exciting one to be sure. Personally, I am extremely excited to be pursuing a MSA degree because it will give me the opportunity to serve staff, students, parents, and the community in which I will be working to a greater degree than was possible in my role as a classroom teacher. Elbert Maynard, current MSA Principal Fellow, explains this best in his perspective on becoming a school administrator. He stated, “Students are in desperate need of good teachers-those who will challenge them with high expectations in a caring and respectful way, in order to prepare them for the challenges their futures hold. Therefore, why would a teacher leave the classroom to become an administrator? An administrator can do the same thing for a staff of teachers that a teacher does for his/her students. By being a support for teachers, an administrator can influence an entire school. If an administrator can positively influence two teachers, then that administrator doubled the number of students positively affected. If an administrator can positively influence 50 teachers, 100 teachers…the positive effects on students’ lives grow exponentially.”

The program design clearly addresses the idea that individuals would be best served by being able to focus solely on their studies during the first year. According to Elbert Maynard, “Dividing time between a full-time job and studies in an MSA program takes away from both. I would be taking away from my students by dividing my attention between them and pursuing an advanced degree; the reverse is also true as I would be taking away from my potential as a future administrator by not focusing solely on my studies while pursuing the MSA. The Principal Fellows Program is a blessing that allows individuals to focus solely on becoming the best administrator they can be, without taking away from the students those teachers have a responsibility to. Not only that, the Principal Fellows Program has a prestigious reputation of excellence that any MSA candidate would be honored to be a part of.”

East Carolina University has had the largest cohort of fellows among the eleven universities for at least the last four years. This speaks to the attractiveness and success of the university. The MSA program at East Carolina University prides itself on being grounded in service to our surrounding school region. With a focus on servant-leadership, students in the MSA program at East Carolina University are required to complete six Service Leadership Projects where they go into schools within our region to serve as problem-solvers, collaborators, and change agents. The authentic learning received by fellows provides them with the knowledge and confidence they need to further prepare them for the role of principal and assistant principal. We are actually given the opportunity to go into schools and provide assistance and support to staff and students in the role of principal or assistant principal. Elbert Maynard stated he chose East Carolina University because, “ECU is known statewide-even nationwide-as having excellent teacher and administrator programs. Having enrolled in the programs here at ECU, I can report that this reputation is not exaggerated–if anything, it is understated. My courses taken, and my experiences as a GA working with the Office of Accreditation and Assessment, have been more valuable to me than I could possibly quantify with words. Success as an administrator hinges on, in large part, the preparation gained through an MSA program. I can predict confidently that I will be successful as a future administrator due to the excellence of the program here at ECU.” I concur with Elbert’s view about East Carolina University.

Kelvin Shackleford
MSA Principal Fellow
East Carolina University

 

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21 Math Education Students Attend NCCTM Conference and Share Posters

ncctmposters3The North Carolina Council Teachers of Mathematics held their state conference Oct 30-31, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. A delegation of 21 Senior 1, secondary mathematics education students were among those representing ECU as attendees at this event. Upon their return from the conference, these students created posters highlighting several interesting or useful ideas gleaned from the sessions and workshops.

On Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, these students hosted a special Gamma Student Chapter event to share their posters with other mathematics education students and faculty. Over 50 mathematics education students and faculty attended the event. The Senior 1 students talked to visitors about their posters and experiences at the conference. The active engagement between presenters and attendees provided participants with a greater appreciation of the exciting happenings in North Carolina mathematics education.

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What is the Senior Year Internship?

The Senior Year Internship is a required clinical experience for teacher education majors at East Carolina University.  It is a two-semester experience within a public school classroom, under the mentorship and coaching of a specially trained and licensed clinical teacher.  The Senior Year Internship is designed to provide students with opportunities to internalize and apply previous teaching and learning experience, as well as opportunities to teach and grow professionally through observation, planning, teaching, assessment, and reflective work with an effective classroom teacher.

In Senior I, a teaching intern’s first semester, students acclimate themselves to the public school environment by gaining an understanding of policies and procedures, multiple roles of classroom teachers, the diverse needs of the students, as well as the beginning stages of a range of experiences of curricular planning, delivery of instruction, and assessment.

The second semester, Senior II, is an emersion semester of involvement with clinical teachers providing constant feedback to the intern about the teaching and learning process.  In addition, the intern will complete a portfolio to document his or her growth and development as a classroom teacher with support from the clinical teacher and the university supervisor.

The Senior Year Internship is designed to allow students to gain practical experience and attain a level of competency needed for a high functioning novice beginning teacher.  There is a key focus on specific and timely feedback from clinical teachers and university supervisors which is meant to augment the intern’s growth.  The internship is invaluable in that it is practical learning combined with expert coaching from seasoned and trained teachers and supervisors.

Interns are generally able to make smooth transitions into their own classrooms once they are hired because of the depth of knowledge and experience they have acquired in this experience.

For more information regarding the Senior Year Internship, please see the Teacher Education Handbook.

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The Senior Year Internship is a central feature of the initial teacher preparation programs at ECU and aligns with NCATE Standard 3: Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

 

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Not One, Not Two, but Many ECU Award Recipients!

At its 44th Annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM)  Conference held in Greensboro, NC on 30-31 October 2014, ECU was featured mightily during the Awards Ceremony.  Two ECU Mathematics Education faculty, Dr. Ron Preston and Dr. Rose Sincrope were recognized with the highest honor that NCCTM can bestow, the W. W. Rankin Award.  MATE senior, Rebekah Currie, double majoring in a BS Mathematics Education and a BA in Mathematics won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student from the Eastern Region award.  Several alumni also were recognized as the Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for their school districts.  Congratulations to:

W.T. Edwards, Columbus Co. – Class of ’11
Jennifer Simmons, Onslow Co. – Class of ’97, current student MAEd IT (Onslow Cohort)
Renea Baker, Pitt Co. – Class of ’92

ECU rises to the top once again!