Monthly Archives: February 2014


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 or like us on Facebook “ECU Gamma Chapter”.

For further information contact Dr. Charity Cayton ( or Dr. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (

Mentor Teachers Help LAUNCH Mathematics Teaching

Launch_Feb_22smOn February 22, 2014, elementary first year teachers from across Eastern North Carolina gathered with mentor teachers for a day of mathematics professional development. The teachers are a part of a two year program sponsored by the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching, which aims to support beginning elementary teachers in their teaching of mathematics through sustained professional development and mentoring.

Pre-service Teachers Design and Run Event at Science Olympiad

preservice Science OlympiadFebruary 15, 2014, ECU Elementary Science Concentration pre-service teachers assisted in the Experimental Design event for Science Olympiad at East Carolina University.  This event included 7 stations that engaged middle and high school students in STEM thinking.  The stations were developed in the fall semester  by pre-service teachers in an informal science course, and carried out by pre-service teachers enrolled in science methods, earth science, and/or life science courses in the concentration.  Pre-service teachers monitored students working at each station and as the students rotated amongst stations.  After the middle school and high school event, pre-service teachers developed a system of scoring student work.  The entire process from start to finish was a success.  The stations developed for the Experimental Design event have been recognized state wide and utilized at other Science Olympiad competitions.  This was a remarkable learning experience for pre-service teachers who were both the event developers and the volunteer workers at the competition.

Tammy Lee and Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind

MSITE Science educator, Tammy Lee, has authored an article, Close Encounters of the Amphibious Kind: Frog Calls across Ponds and across Disciplines. This article has been published this month (February) in Science and Children. The articles details a half-day 5E lesson integrating two of the disciplinary core ideas (DCI) from the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS): physical science (PS4-A) and life science (LS2.D) within an informal science environment (summer science camp). These two DCIs were integrated to demonstrate how science disciplines work together within the natural world. In the real world, science disciplines do not exist in isolation (NRC, 2012). The integration of science concepts was demonstrated by exploring how animals use sound to communicate messages (life science), with students using vibrating materials (physical science) to mimic these animal calls (sounds). Then as an extension, students played a game (non-laboratory experience) to illustrate how “being a part of group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves, and cope with changes” (NGSS,2013).

Descriptive Astronomy Students Stargaze in Ayden

astronomy photo 2Two nights this November, Bonnie Glass’ Descriptive Astronomy students ventured to Ayden to view the night sky at A Time for Science. Nancy and John Bray set up telescopes, shared stories behind the constellations, and discussed ways these pre-service teachers could use these tales to integrate language and science. They explored other activities appropriate for teaching Earth-Space Systems and learned how A Time for Science could be a field trip destination for their future science students. Students were photographed by the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce and may be included in their annual brochure in the highlight on local STEM activities.
Some of these same students, Tim Maynard, Eddie Enoch and Amanda Myer, returned to volunteer their time at A Time for Science. These students led groups of 3rd graders from Sam Bundy Elementary School as they built straw rockets. They were joined by students from Mrs. Glass’ SCIE 3216, Jenny Hodgin, Alisha Spivey and Kristen Snyder. Thanks to all these students for serving the community in this way. They were great ambassadors for ECU and the Science Education program!

IT Alumni Wins Graduate Distance Fellowship Award

Rob MooreRob Moore has been selected for a fellowship award from Western Carolina University.  Rob is a 2013 graduate of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology program at ECU. He currently works as an instructional designer with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government. He has worked at UNC since 2004 and joined the School’s Instructional Support team in September 2010. In his current position, he collaborates with faculty on integrating innovative technology to support their work in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional environments. Rob has been instrumental in developing and supporting social media initiatives at the School of Government, including helping to draft the School’s social media policy. Rob is currently applying for PhD programs with the ultimate goal of being the director of a distance education center at a higher education institution. Congratulations, Rob!