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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!

Dr. Susan Ganter Honored for Book Publication

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Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marilyn Sheerer presented an award to Dr. Susan Ganter at the reception on October 30, 2013 in the second floor exhibit gallery of Joyner Library. This reception honors Dr. Susan Ganter for the publishing of her book. “Partner Discipline Recommendations for Introductory College Mathematics and the Implication for College Algebra”.

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 2.26.48 PMFor further information about this book go to: http://www.maa.org/publications/ebooks/partner-discipline-recommendations-forintroductory-college-mathematics-andthe

 

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.

GAMMA STUDENT CHAPTER EXPERIENCES 3D PRINTING:

Dr.Brown3DprintingOn Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013, Dr. Abbie Brown, a full professor in Instruction Technology, shared his knowledge of and experiences with 3D printing with mathematics education students and faculty. Dr. Brown spoke with a standing room only crowd during the monthly Gamma Student Chapter meeting. Students and faculty enjoyed getting their hands on several of Dr. Brown’s previous prints, which included a dragon, a dog, a treasure chest, an owl, and a ring. Attendees learned about the cost of necessary materials, how 3D printing works, and potential uses of 3D printing. The conversation also included time for students to discuss applications of 3D printing for the mathematics classroom. The culmination of the presentation was a 3D printing of an ECU insignia ring.

The next meeting of the Gamma Student Chapter will be on Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 from 5-6 pm. We will be Flipping the Mathematics Classroom! Please join us!!!

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

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Teachers Attend AP Summer Institute

From June 24 to June 27 the Center for STEM Education at East Carolina University hosted an AP (Advanced Placement) Institute endorsed by the College Board.  More than 50 teachers from North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia participated in sessions in high school biology, calculus, chemistry or statistics.  Taught by experienced teachers trained and endorsed to teach AP, the participating teachers learned new STEM content and engaging teaching methods, practiced new lab skills and exchanged tips for helping their students excel on AP exams.  Many teachers believe that the ideas made while attending an AP Institute will help keep them motivated and excited for the next year. Not only was the Institute great for teacher learning, but it is also a great way to network, including a pizza supper held one evening at the Center.IMG_1642

MSITE is starting Launch into Mathematics Teaching.

Calling all first year elementary teachers!
With grant support from the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, MSITE is starting Launch into Mathematics Teaching. LAUNCH is a two-year program for first year elementary teachers focused on teaching mathematics. The program includes professional development and ongoing mentoring. We will work with participants to:
• Dig into the Common Core State Standards for the grade level they are teaching
• Become familiar with texts, pacing guides, and assessments used by their district
• Learn strategies for fostering student reasoning and problem-solving
• Develop an organizational system to keep track of student formative assessment data and use it for instruction
• Collect grade level specific activities, ideas for daily mathematics routines, and beginning-of-the-year activities to build a community of mathematics learners
• Create and organize classroom materials
Space is limited, but we have a few openings left. Email questions to Dr. Katie Schwartz at schwartzca@ecu.edu. Apply now!