July 9, 2008
Contact: Joshua Hollis
Students and teachers exchange ideas at MUW summer
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Students enrolled in the
Crossroads Program were given the opportunity to do
something they might never have: grade their
teachers. When discussing plans for their respective
Mississippi University for Women summer camps, Ivey
Ivy and Richard Holden realized both programs would
match up well, giving teachers enrolled in TEAM AIMS
(Technology Education and Mathematics Advancement in
Middle School) and students participating in the
Crossroads Program a chance to interact.
“The teachers are using new technologies to motivate
students and tell stories using math, to show them
that math is usable in everyday life,” said Holden,
an associate professor in the College of Education
and Human Sciences.
Richard Baliko, a seventh and eighth grade teacher
at BF Liddell Middle School in Macon, said the
week-long pairing was beneficial because it helped
the teachers catch up with what the students already
"We’re living in a digital age now,” he said, adding
that students today are more technologically savvy
than they used to be.
Shanterra Kidd, a ninth grader who will attend
Columbus High School, said she learned some real
world applications, such as budgeting funds.
Kidd said her favorite part of the camp was
“grading” the teachers. She said she went easy on
them because they all explained things well.
Students enrolled in the Crossroads Program, led by
Ivy, rated the teachers’ presentations on scales of
1 to 5, with students ranking how fun the
presentation was, how the lesson related to the real
world and how much the lesson made them think.
TEAM AIMS is funded by grant that helped teach and
equip approximately 15 middle school mathematics
teachers from seventh through ninth grade in using
innovative technology in their classrooms to aid in
teaching. The technology equipment primarily
included electronic Mimio whiteboards, Office 2007
graphic presentation software (PowerPoint) and TI-84
Crossroads is designed as a “comprehensive support
program” targeting seventh through ninth grade
students from Columbus Municipal School District,
and is funded by a “21st Century Community Learning
Centers Continuation Grant” awarded to MUW Center
for Creative Learning.