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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.

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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

Family Science Night in Local School -A Blast From the Past!

Elementary Science Concentration students within the Informal Science Course this semester designed and implemented a Family Science Night for Eastern Elementary School in Pitt County.  On November 14th, Elementary Science Concentration students held a Family Science Night entitled, A Blast from the Past, in which activities focused on contributions of scientists which have impacted our world.  Examples of stations consisted of Neil Degrasse Tyson, famous astrophysicist, demonstrating discoveries of new planets through exploring a virtual telescope, Alexander Graham Bell, making and using telephones (demonstrating how sound travels), and Issac Newton, second law of motion (F=ma), using tarps to explore how much force is needed to pull students across the gym floor.  Students and parents rotated through 9 stations that evening learning of various scientists and their contributions to science.  It was a very successful night with over 140 participants (students and parents) joining us for a night of science.

Dr. Rachlin Wins Innovator Award at NCCTM

Sid accepting awardDr. Sid Rachlin, Professor of Mathematics Education, won the coveted (individual) Innovator Award for his ground breaking work in leading the state-wide effort to develop the Early Mathematics Add-on Licensure Program. Sid led a process from working with the UNC GA to organize the work; to gaining program/licensure approval from the NC State Board of Education; to leading program development (leading faculty from seven universities to develop six graduate courses); to getting eight universities to approve the courses and program with the same numbers, titles, and descriptions;  to securing funding for teachers to participate in the pilot offerings of the program.

ECU Student Wins “Student of the Year Award” at NCCTM

BlairephotoBlaire Watford, senior BS Mathematics Education and BA Mathematics double major, won the Eastern Region NCCTM Student of the Year award. Blaire is an outstanding student who is involved in the Gamma Chapter (student organization of NCCTM at ECU), has volunteered for a number of mathematics education service projects, is involved in several ECU service activities, and has won mathematics/mathematics education academic scholarships.

Coveted Rankin Award at NCCTM

William “Ray” Jernigan was one of three winners of the coveted Rankin Award for his numerous contributions – teacher, leader, coach, and NCCTM do-everything man.

Ray has taught for both the Department of Mathematics and for the Mathematics Education area as well as collaborating with ECU as a teacher at Farmville Central HS and as a lead facilitator for NC-PIMS.

ECU Student Presents at NCCTM Conference

Brooke presentationECU Brooke Hill presented a session on probability to high school teachers at the November 1st NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Greensboro. Brooke is working on a MAED in Mathematics Education. She received her BS in Mathematics from  ECU May 2013. Professor, Rose Sinecrope, gave her an excellent review saying, “Brooke was awesome!”