Category Archives: Mathematics Education

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).

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations, Ray

ECU Student Presents at NCCTM Conference

ECU Brooke Hill presents a session on probability to high  school teachers at the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Greensboro today. 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!”
Brooke presentation