Fourth-graders take ‘road trip’ at WWU to learn math concepts
|5/3/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Fourth-graders from Fulton elementary schools were invited on a road trip through Missouri in April. Their tour guides were students majoring in education at William Woods University.
The road trip was actually a math fair conducted by pre-service students enrolled in the course “Teaching Elementary Mathematics.” They put together stations designed to help the youngsters review math concepts prior to the administration of the MAP test.
Pre-service teachers have studied the Grade Level Expectations and designed activities to review these concepts. They completed their activities 25-30 times with different groups of students throughout the day.
"This gives them an opportunity to practice teaching skills, such as checking for background knowledge; differentiation, motivation, classroom management, reflection, flexibility, creating engaging activities and assessment," said Shari Means, assistant professor of education and director of student teaching and clinical experiences.
She added, "Pre-service teachers were excited to build the confidence levels of the local fourth-graders and motivate them to want to excel on the MAP test."
Tony Hansel and Alyson Mongler work math concepts into their station “Touring Branson.”
Torrie Buehne uses a Cardinals game to illustrate math to elementary school students.