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COE Faculty Member Receives $472,000 NC Quest Award

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Dr. Ann Bullock, chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, is partnering with NC Quest to expand the NC New Teacher Support Program.

Dr. Ann Bullock, Chair of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education, received an NC-QUEST award of $472,394 titled Integrating Neuroscience into Mathematics Instruction (INMI). INMI continues the partnership with UNC-GA New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) and extends it to the Harriott College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Mathematics.

The INMI pilot project consists of an intensive scientifically-based professional development program designed to assist beginning teachers to become highly knowledgeable and pedagogically skilled in leading students to mastery of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The INMI pilot project will target elementary schools in Edgecombe County and Hertford County that have been identified as among the lowest performing in the state.

The project will recruit thirty beginning teachers to participate in a year-long professional development program designed to increase their knowledge of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical practice, brain-compatible elements of mathematics instruction, brain-compatible instructional strategies, and whole-brain teaching techniques.

The INMI extends the professional development offerings currently provided by the NC NTSP, which include an institute/boot camp, six days of professional development, and ongoing instructional coaching. INMI teachers will attend an extended summer session at the beginning of the academic year, Saturday sessions and site-based sessions at their schools during the academic year, and a summer session at the conclusion of the academic year.

In addition, participating teachers will receive weekly on-site support from NC NTSP Instructional Coaches and monthly consultations from an ECU mathematics content expert. Through the integration of neuroscience in mathematics instruction, beginning teachers will be better equipped to engage diverse learners, offer effective feedback that leads to deeper understanding, create a rich learning environment that attends to students’ social and emotional needs, and ensure that students’ mathematical achievement is reflective of their true abilities.

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Weekend of Celebrations for MSITE Graduates!

SaturdayreceptionIt was a wonderful weekend to celebrate with our MSITE Spring 2014 Graduates! Dr. Ganter joined faculty, students and guests for breakfast on Saturday before the ceremony in the Flanagan building.

EuniceEunice Hoefling enjoyed breakfast with family and friends as she joined our 2014 graduating class. Eunice teaches Radiography at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She plans to use her MS degree in Instructional Technology to develop and enhance the hybrid and distance education courses she will use teach to her X-Ray Tech students.

MathgradsDr. Adu-Gyamfi and Dr. Grady are pictured with purple-gowned Zack Credle and Joseph Otellio. Zack plans to teach math at Southwest Edgecombe High School after graduation and Joseph plans to math teach at Gray’s Creek High School in Cumberland County, NC.

Congratulations MSITE Graduates! Welcome to the Class of 2014…

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GAMMA CHAPTER STUDENT-FACULTY SPRING SOCIAL

gamma3On Sunday, April 27, 2014, graduate and undergraduate mathematics education students gathered with mathematics education and mathematics faculty at the Blount Sports Complex. The warm weather and blue skies were perfect for a game of kickball featuring mathematics education students with Dr. Cayton and Dr. Adu-Gyamfi on opposing teams. After working up an appetite, attendees gathered in the shade to enjoy cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and best of all one another’s company. gamma2 gamma1

This wonderful event marked the end of a phenomenal year of growth for the Gamma Chapter and continued a long-standing tradition of building community among students and faculty. We would like to thank everyone that attended and helped make the event a success. Enjoy your summer and look for more great events sponsored by the Gamma Student Chapter in Fall 2014!!

MATE Student Wins Teacher-Leader Grant

Tomika Altman-Lewis receives 2014-2015 MET Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics Grant from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She will be providing professional development for teachers at Burton Magnet Elementary School.

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Mathematically Speaking: Best Practices for Teachers and Students
Tomika R. Altman-Lewis, Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham, North Carolina

Elementary teachers are faced with the challenge of being “experts” in not just one subject area, but in multiple subjects. Often this results in being a novice in one area; which is especially daunting when we are equipped with the task of developing the mathematical foundation for all higher level mathematics. We are our students first introduction to mathematics in which they either learn to love or loath mathematics. More often than not, professional development is geared toward literacy with little to no emphasis on mathematics. Considering this, the purpose of this grant is to equip fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers at my school with much needed professional development. Teachers will participate in sessions that will expose them to best practices and strategies while deepening their mathematical reasoning and understanding in an effort to more effectively teach our students while allowing me to further develop my math leadership skills.

Paper Folding to Construct Regular Polygons!!

paperfolding2paperfolding1On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Ashley Grant shared a paper folding activity to construct regular polygons with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club. Ashley received her MS in Mathematics from ECU in Dec 2013, and she currently teaches at Southside High School in Beaufort County. As the pictures show faculty and students were very engaged throughout the activity!!paperfolding3

The final Gamma Chapter event will be Saturday, April 26, 2014. We are planning a social that will include student vs. faculty games, food, and most of all fun!! Further details will be shared in the near future. Please save the date and plan to bring a friend!

NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Elections

The North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) is the professional organization in North Carolina of all persons responsible for the teaching of mathematics. Its membership includes teachers from all levels, kindergarten through graduate school, and other professionals who work with curriculum and materials for the teaching of mathematics. You’ll find out more about NCCTM through the website, including state and regional conferences, publications, grants and awards, and other professional activities.

The NCCTM Executive Committee met Saturday, April 1 were given the official results for new presidential elections. Two are College of Education faculty members in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education: Drs. Ron Preston and Lynnly Martin.

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Dr. Ron Preston was elected NCCTM president.

Dr. Ron Preston, who earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, was elected President of the organization. Preston has been at ECU since 1995 and has served in a variety of roles during his time at the university including professor, department chair and director of students.

Lynnly Martin ’06, who received a MAT in mathematics education and is an adjust faculty member, was elected to serve as Eastern Region President. Martin is a mathematics teacher at Hope Middle School and has served as co-director of the Eastern Region Math Fair for many years.

Gamma Chapter Celebrates Pi Day!!

pi dayOn Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Dr. Ron Preston met with the Gamma Student Chapter, Mathematics Education Club to celebrate Pi Day (officially 3-14 each year). He shared history and humor related to pi. Attendees also participated in several pi related mathematical tasks appropriate for middle and high school mathematics. Everyone left for the evening with expanded knowledge of pi, as well as resources for their future classrooms. Next year Pi day falls on a Saturday, so be sure to celebrate on 3-14-15 at precisely 9:26 am and 53 seconds (pi = 3.141592653….)!!

The next Gamma Chapter meeting will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Our guest speaker, Ashley Grant, will share how to use paper folding to construct regular polygons. Please join us and bring a friend!

High School STEM Day Brings 300 Students to Campus

stemday2_1On February 21, 2014 the Department of Engineering and the Center for STEM Education hosted approximately 300 high school students from counties in our service area, known as High School STEM Day. These students attended various interactive STEM activities throughout the day, led by faculty from various STEM departments, such as Construction Management, Physics, Biology, Engineering, and MSITE, just to name a few. Ron Preston led a very well received session on Mathematics Education. Click for more information: High School STEM Day

MATE Faculty & Students Amazed by MATHEMAGIC!!

Gamma FebOn Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 MATE faculty dazzled and amazed MATE students with their favorite mathemagic tricks. Dr. Schwartz began the evening with a card trick that was a difficult act to follow. However, Dr. Sinicrope’s dice demonstration continued the excitement, followed by Dr. Preston’s proof that 2=1!! Dr. Middleton read a student’s mind, and Dr. Adu-Gyamfi predicted the number of brothers and sisters for another student participant. Dr. Cayton ended the festivities with a final mind reading trick. Students not only enjoyed being a participant for each faculty mathemagic demonstration, but also pondered the mathematics underlying each. Much debate still surrounds which faculty member had the most amazing mathemagic abilities!!

The next meeting of the Gamma Student Chapter will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 5-6 pm. We will be celebrating Pi Day (3/14) with K-12 classroom investigations and activities involving one of our favorite numbers ()!!

To learn more go to the Gamma Chapter website ecumatheducationclub.yolasite.com or like us on Facebook “ECU Gamma Chapter”.

For further information contact Dr. Charity Cayton (caytonc@ecu.edu) or Dr. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (adugwamfik@ecu.edu).

MSITE Alumnus Wins Teacher of the Year

Ms. Charlene Evans, Plymouth High School Mathematics Teacher, is the Northeast Region Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Ms. Evans holds a MAED degree in Mathematics Education from ECU! Please read more about this in The Reflector at:
http://www.reflector.com/workweek/people/plymouth-high-math-teacher-honored-2259623