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Kelly Vaughn

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Need teacher input for e-mail mentor program
Posted: Jul 14, 1997 6:49 PM
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I am an IISME teacher working at the Intel Museum during this summer.
We are thinking of an innovative educational program, and would like
your feedback before we continue. I do want to emphasize this is
really geared toward middle school math, so if anyone can respond to
this please do. Since I am a teacher, I'm going to explain this idea
in lesson plan format.
Here it goes:

Objective
Aimed for math students grades 5-9. Students will accomplish the
following:
a. solve math problems, known as "Problem of the Week" and "Problem
of the day" (POW and POD)
b. gain problem solving skills by working in collaborative groups
that include fellow students and adult mentors
c. use technology, particularly e-mailing and video-conferencing
d. apply math in work simulated environment

Length: one semester

Materials: 2 POW, 1 POD (optional), 15 mentors per class,
video-conferencing equipment, technical support, computer access with
internet and e-mail account

Procedure:
1. Inquire from Intel for available role model pen pals. Begin with
30 volunteers, though if necessary can have as low as 15 (want a 1:1
or 1:2 mentor:student ratio). Explain to Intel the purpose of this
program, and the benefits for students-learn math in an innovative way
using technology, problem solving, and collaborative groups, as well
as for Intel-great community PR, long term contribution to future
generation of education.

2. Take care of setting up e-mail details. This can be done several
ways: (a) through a school account or (b) sign up for free e-mail
(www.hotmail.com or www.geocities.com). May want to tell students (or
give them a copy) on how to start a pen pal letter, what questions to
ask their mentors.

3. During the semester, student can come back to lab to initialize
e-mail letters to pen pals come back every 2 weeks or monthly to
continue correspondence. Use this in context of POW, and allow one
day for students to use the lab early that week, encouraging them to
e-mail their mentors for help of POW. Also have one video-conference
with one mentor, as students and mentor discuss POW via
video-conference.

4. Students and mentors end the semester program with a FINAL
EVENT. Give it the appearance of a business conference, and will
consist of:
a. breakfast (if start early in day)
b. museum tour
c. on-site group POD activity or visit or mentor's work site
d. lunch

The commitment from the mentors is only to e-mail back about 1-2 times

per month, and to attend the culminating event with the students. Do
you think this program is feasible? Any suggestions for improvement?
We would need 60 volunteers, since we are considering to pilot this
among 4 math classes in Santa Clara County, CA. Would like to get
your feedback on this. Thanks.

Kelly Vaughn
Columbia Middle School (Sunnyvale, CA)
IISME fellow at Intel Museum
Santa Clara, CA
e-mail: Tseh-SienX_Vaughn@ccm.sc.intel.com
phone (408) 653-6924





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