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MatheMagic Recap

On September 10, 2015, Gamma Chapter had an exciting meeting on Mathemagic. We had Mathematics Education faculty from elementary to high school concentrations demonstrate their best Mathemagic tricks. The students who attended were able to participate in the mathemagic and vote on which one was the best. These tricks amazed a lot of students and nobody could figure out the math behind the magic! The students voted Dr. Maureen Grady as the Grand Mathemagician with her trick that showed students how to turn two linked paper rings into a square with just two cuts!

Also, a few lucky students received some ECU goodies from a random draw. The next Gamma Chapter meeting is on October 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. You do not want to miss the next one – we will have recent graduates sharing their reflections from the internship experience, completing the edTPA, and transitioning to being the classroom teacher!





Dail Berry Receives Teacher of the Week Award from WITN

The MSITE department congratulates Ms. Dail Berry on this award and wishes to recognize her accomplishments. Last May, Ms. Berry graduated from East Carolina University, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Elementary Science. In the summer of 2014, she was an innovative camp counselor for the East Carolina Summer Science Camp. In her role as camp counselor, she created and implemented the popular camp session, Under the Sea. Ms. Berry also has experience working as a counselor for the 4H program in her hometown. After graduation, Ms. Berry decided to return home to Hyde County to start her teaching career. She is now teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Mattamuskeet Early College High School. When asked about her interest in science, Ms. Dail stated, “I fell in love with science while taking courses at ECU and now I want science to be my focus.”

Ms. Dail has already distinguished herself as a leader in her school by assisting with the Jr. Beta club, a Co-advisor of the Envirothon team, and the Assistant Varsity Coach for the high school volleyball team. For the next three years, she will also be a part of a new research grant entitled PIRATES, Preparing and Inspiring Readiness for Achieving Teaching Excellence in Science. Dr. Tammy Lee, Assistant Professor in Science Education at ECU, noted: “The goal of this grant is to support beginning teachers that specialized in elementary science within their undergraduate education program at ECU.” The person nominating Ms. Berry for this award said, “She is an amazing teacher and the sweetest person. It’s her first year teaching and I’d love for her to get recognition for all her hard work and determination.”

Here is the link to the WITN interview with Ms. Berry.

Way to go Dail!


Discussing the Future of Instructional Technology

Dr. Abbie Brown, Professor of Instructional Technology at ECU, and Tim Green, the Ed Tech Doctor, discuss innovative technologies for learning in a conversation with Connie Malamed, the eLearning Coach.  They begin by considering augmented reality, virtual reality, Google Glass, and Microsoft HoloLens.  Then they continue with insights into wearable technologies, mobile devices, and applications of 3D printing for creativity and learning.  With respect to Learning Management Systems, the discussion centers around analytics.  The conversation continues with their thoughts on games for learning, especially how learners are motivated through reward systems such as digital badging and advancement through levels.  The conversation concludes with consideration of brain research.

To play the podcast of this discussion, go to this web page and click either the Play in New Window link or the Download link.


MAEd-MIDG Student, Jennifer Stalls, Selected for Kenan Fellows Program

Jennifer Stalls, sixth-grade science teacher at C. M. Eppes Middle School in Pitt County, is among 40 educators from across the state who have been selected as 2015-16 Kenan Fellows. Earlier this year, she was presented the NC Science Teachers Association’s District One Outstanding Science Teacher Award. A graduate of East Carolina University, Stalls is currently earning her Masters of Education-Middle Grades Education degree in ECU’s College of Education with a concentration in science.

Beginning in June, the new Kenan Fellows will spend five weeks of their summer learning and gaining experience from local experts in nanotechnology, financial education, renewable energy, genetics research, energy, and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

A core goal of the program is to develop outstanding teacher leaders who serve as advocates for excellence in education. The year-long fellowship begins with the summer internship and culminates with the development and implementation of cutting-edge educational curricula and programs designed by Kenan Fellows. These resources and programs are shared with other educators and used in classrooms, school systems, and communities across the state and beyond.

Educators selected for fellowships demonstrate proven leadership or leadership potential and are awarded a $6,000 stipend that includes travel expenses. Kenan Fellows also receive 80 hours of professional development divided into three professional advancement institutes that focus on leadership skills, community engagement, proven instructional strategies, and education policy. The Biogen Foundation is the premier sponsor of the institutes.

-Source: Pitt County Schools Website


Dr. Ron Preston Wins Faculty Advisor of the Year

On April 29, 2015 the ECU Advising Collaborative presented Dr. Ron Preston the2014-2015 Faculty Advisor of the Year award.

An excerpt from his nomination stated, “Dr. Preston is not only a phenomenal instructor, he is also a phenomenal Faculty Advisor.  He takes his role as an Advisor seriously and understands its pivotal role in students’ success.  He has a caring, helpful attitude towards students, staff, and other faculty members.  Dr. Preston is always willing to help the Advisors in the Academic Success Center, is prompt in responding to questions, and respects the advising profession.  He is a joy to work with and truly deserving of this award.”

As Dr. Susan Ganter, Chair of the MSITE Department states, “I am so pleased that he is being recognized across the university as an AWESOME advocate for our students. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award!!”

Great job, Ron!


70 Preservice Teachers See a Different Point of View–Through the Eyes of Autism

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Gamma Student Chapter of NCCTM hosted members of the High Functioning Autism Program from CM Eppes Middle School. Macayla Cayton and Nicholas Kruchten, two seventh grade students participating in the HFA program at Eppes, presented information about autism and the challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum to a crowd of 70 attendees from a variety of program areas. Ms. Cole, Mrs. Brown, and Ms. Harrell, teachers in the HFA program, attended the presentation with Macayla and Nicholas.

After the presentation, attendees split into three smaller groups and had the opportunity to participate in five stations designed to help others experience how individuals on the autism spectrum process sensory input differently than others. These stations included Visual Perception, Visual/Coordination Perception, Auditory Processing, Fine Motor Skills Center, and Attention and Sensory. Attendees that were not participating in stations engaged in an informal question and answer session with a 6th grade science teacher from CM Eppes and a MATE Senior 2 intern from JH Rose High School. Each of these individuals teaches students that are part of the HFA programs at their respective schools. Both Macayla’s and Nicholas’ mothers fielded questions from the group, as well as Ms. Cole.

Everyone gathered together to end the meeting on this final thought from Macayla, “We are not autistic students, we are students with autism. Think about it. Thank you for coming tonight!”

Our sincere thanks goes out to the following individuals for making this meeting so successful:
HFA Students: Macayla Cayton, Nicholas Kruchten
HFA Staff: Anita Cole, Kathy Brown, Amanda Harrell
Regular Education Teachers: Jennifer Stalls, Aaron Rountree
ECU Faculty: Pat Peoples


Springtime, Kickball, and Math Education–Sounds like a Gamma Lot of Fun

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, mathematics (MATH) and mathematics education (MATE) students and faculty gathered at the Blount Sports Complex. The rain held off just long enough so that the temperate weather was perfect for a game of kickball. The undergraduate mathematics education students paired with Dr. Cayton and Dr. Ganter, while the math/math education graduate students sided with Dr. Adu-Gyamfi, Dr. Njinasoa Randriampiry, and Dr. Ali Al-sharadqah. After working up an appetite, attendees gathered in the shade to enjoy snacks and recap exciting moments from the game before the rain arrived.

This wonderful event marked the end of a phenomenal year of continued 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 2015!!


Launch 2015

Beginning Eastern NC Teachers LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching

On April 24-25, seventeen elementary teachers in Eastern North Carolina celebrated completion of the LAUNCH into Mathematics Program, a mathematics-specific induction program that included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The program is led by ECU faculty members Dr. Katie Schwartz and Dr. Anne Ticknor and funded by the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation.

We congratulate the LAUNCH program participants for their hard work and commitment to excellence in mathematics teaching:
Alyssa Champine, Pitt County Schools
Kimberly Coltrain, Craven County Schools
Rebecca Freeman, Cumberland County Schools
Jana Hill, Lenoir County Schools
Katie Jackson, Cumberland County Schools
Stephanie Layton, Granville County Schools
Jamine McNeill, Cumberland County Schools
Stephanie Miller, Cumberland County Schools
Joanna Murphy, Onslow County Schools
Elizabeth Nikorak, Carteret County Schools
Melissa Ohls, Cumberland County Schools
Leslie Peele, Edenton-Chowan Schools
Lauren Rhue, Granville County Schools
Elizabeth Rowland, Wake County Schools
Teresa Rubio, Cumberland County Schools
Jessica Skulsky, Harnett County Schools
Mary Beth Tripp, Pitt County Schools


Congratulations, Dr. Tammy Lee!

Ms. Tammy Lee, beloved Science Education instructor, has just completed all of the necessary requirements to earn her PhD in Science Education from NC State University. Her dissertation entitled, “Science Teachers’ Representational Competency and Systems Thinking,” is complete and has been accepted by her committee. It is now most appropriate to congratulate Tammy Lee and from this day forward address her as, Dr. Tammy Lee. Our best regards to you, Dr. Lee!!

Science Olympiad

Despite the Ice and Snow, the Science Olympiad Ignites Young Minds for STEM Careers

On Saturday, February 21st, 2015, the Center for STEM Education hosted the annual Science Olympiad Tournament for northeastern North Carolina middle and high school students. North Carolina Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization with the mission to attract and retain the pool of K-12 students entering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers in North Carolina. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. Notwithstanding the icy weather, this year we hosted 426 students (209 middle school & 217 high school) from 25 schools in the northeast region. There were also over 150 volunteers involved in the day’s activities from overseeing events/competitions, to managing registration. Faculty and students of the MSITE Department were well represented. Drs. Carmen Woodhall and Liz Doster were event leaders for Simple and Compound Machines,  while Ms. Tammy Lee and a plethora of her Elementary Science students created and ran the competition for Experimental Design. Ms. Bonnie Glass was the event leader for It Matters, where students display their knowledge of the properties and behaviors of different states of matter. Dr. Rhea Miles represented the MSITE Department by promoting program and certificate opportunities to the in-service teachers/team coaches and future MSITE students. The staff of the Center for STEM Education was the backbone of the tournament: Nancy Evans and Cheryl Miller, Allison Everett (photographer) and all the student workers at the Center! AWESOME job everyone!!!  It was truly a remarkable day for STEM!