Mathematicians in Math Education

Math Activities for Elementary School Students

Summary by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
Coordinator of Math Activities at Elementary Schools

Mathematicians in Math Ed

For several years we ,as a team of two professors , graduate and undergraduate students , have taught groups of students 2-4 hours per week preparing them for solving problems of modern world and for Math contests .For two years we taught " Algebra and Probability " , four regular hours per week , with the lecture notes prepared, based on American , French and Polish texbooks and distributed to every student in class and for teachers who participated in classes.

Additionally our work with the Math students provided after-school activities for students on " early release " days . We also have a help center for parents seeking Math help for their children.

We have also taken, on regular basis, twice per semester, an entire grade level to KU for workshops run by KU professors and students .Those workshops became extremely popular . Last Spring we hosted 250 elementary school students including winners of Math regional contests from different local elementary schools .

Our work has been rewarded by our students placing very high in their test scores and being recognized as the best in Math classes in junior high school. Our students also took the first places in problem solving category of Math contests.

Finally we have discovered that by teaching elementary school students we have became better teachers at University . This has been invaluable experience for all of us involved including parents and teachers of our students.

Acknowledgement: We are very grateful to the Sunset Hill Elementary School principals and teachers for their trust in us and opening the door to their classrooms with warm welcome. We express our thanks to the KU Math department for its wonderful support of our activities.

See also: MAW 97 at KU

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23 October 1997