COLUMBUS, Miss. – Approximately 20 educators are enhancing their teaching capabilities by learning how to incorporate technology into their lesson plans at a four-week summer institute being held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

The middle school mathematics teachers are participating in the $90,000 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) grant which trains the educators in covering the new Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics (CCRS-M). Participants represent the following districts: Columbus Municipal, Lowndes County, West Point, Noxubee County and Kemper County.

Dr. Richard Holden, professor of education at The W, said they are taking the training a step further than last year’s institute.

“So, we are not only covering fifth through eighth grade new standards and the related terms and concepts, but we are also using technology to create lessons and story problems and publishing them on YouTube. The lessons and stories will also be shared as a link on The W’s Department of Education website,” Holden said.

He added, “We want them (teachers) to use it heavily when they teach the standards next year. We also want students to make up stories and become creators and publishers of stories.”

Training and instruction for the institute are being provided by Dr. Holden and Drs. Bonnie Oppenheimer and Agnus Carino from The W’s Department of Mathematics and Science, and Rick Frazier, instructional technologist for The W. Two consultants from New Hope High School also provided special sessions. They were Takeea Bozeman, who presented on creating and accessing online mathematics games, activities and taught about formative assessment and IXL software procedures. Justin Putnam presented on use of the Promethean electronic whiteboard.

Instruction has been divided into a morning session, ranging from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tamara Dantzler, who teaches at West Lowndes Elementary, said, her goal is to integrate technology into the classroom and be more familiar with the terms that are a part of CCRS-M.

“I want to incorporate reading literacy into math by getting the kids to read and do math together,” said the teacher of 12 years, adding that students are “just a click away” from being able to go back and review a lesson.

Minda Starling, who is in her second year of teaching at Columbus Middle School, said, “I am learning new ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, and I have learned that it can be done with ease.”
In addition, Starling said, “It’s also a great opportunity to sit and talk with your peers and learn from them.”

June 23, 2016
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