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The Attributes Of Mathematics Learning Which Ghanaian Senior High School Students Value, Ernest Kofi Davis, Wee Tiong Seah, Nathaniel Howard, Eric Magnus Wilmot Jun 2021

The Attributes Of Mathematics Learning Which Ghanaian Senior High School Students Value, Ernest Kofi Davis, Wee Tiong Seah, Nathaniel Howard, Eric Magnus Wilmot

Journal of Global Education and Research

Valuing constitutes an important aspect of mathematics pedagogy and hence student learning outcomes. This study surveyed 416 students from Cape Coast, Ghana to explore what senior high school students in this country in West Africa valued in their study of mathematics. The data collected were analyzed using principal component analysis. The results suggest that Ghanaian senior high school students found connections, understanding, fluency, learning technologies, feedback, instructional materials, open-endedness and problem-solving important in their mathematics learning. Implications of the findings for curriculum delivery in mathematics and future research opportunities are also discussed.


When Students Love Exams (Happy Quiz): Reducing Tension And Increasing Learning Rate, Shadha Tabatabai Oct 2020

When Students Love Exams (Happy Quiz): Reducing Tension And Increasing Learning Rate, Shadha Tabatabai

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Exams or tests are vital part of teaching and good exams serve 4 goals [1]:

1- Help students organize their academic efforts.

2- Help students by identifying skills or topics that need more attention and mastery.

3- Help instructors recognize students mistakes and misunderstandings of topics so that they can adjust their teaching to address these issues.

4- Used as an indication of whether students are receiving the correct information.

There are many testing strategies, types of tests, and alternative testing modes, which are designed to help both instructors and students in doing a better job [1]. However, with exams ...


Designing Effective Strategy For Development Of Homework And Exam To Improve Learning Outcomes, Rabia Emhamed M Al Mamlook Oct 2020

Designing Effective Strategy For Development Of Homework And Exam To Improve Learning Outcomes, Rabia Emhamed M Al Mamlook

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

There are numerous unique stratagem regarding homework that teachers use in their courses. Through my experience that started when I taught IEE 2622 Statistical Quality Control classes, I discovered that designing homework needs effective strategies. So, I have applied some tools that I learned from the STEM instructional program which helped me develop some of the homework or exams.

The main objectives is to determine how implementing a homework correction strategy effects student achievement in process control chart course as example.

This study will answer some questions as following:

  • What are the tools that can help me design homework objectives ...


Issues And Proposed Solutions To Team Based Assessment In University Physics Labs, Manqoba Q. Hlatshwayo Oct 2020

Issues And Proposed Solutions To Team Based Assessment In University Physics Labs, Manqoba Q. Hlatshwayo

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Many education experts considers peer-to-peer education as the most effective way for students to learn (Peersdom, 2014). Western Michigan University (WMU) physics laboratories embraces this philosophy and has designed the assessment to be based on the team report. The assumption is that every team member contributed (not necessarily equally) to the work submitted by the team hence every team member should receive the same grade. This is a ubiquitous assessment philosophy in education, and some forms of additional individual assessment in team projects are strongly discouraged (David Boud et al, 1999).

There is no doubt on the effectiveness of peer-to-peer ...


Behind The Learning Glass, Jamie Hallas Oct 2020

Behind The Learning Glass, Jamie Hallas

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

For our poster project with the STEM Instructional Program, we made Learning Glass videos to supplement material in Algebra II and Precalculus sections and then assigned a worksheet and survey to gain some understanding of how the students interacted with the videos. In this poster, the process of making the videos is discussed and some key takeaways are provided with the hopes of helping others in using these types of videos as a tool for providing instruction.


Incorporating Worksheets To Enhance Active Learning In A Laboratory Course, Zakiya S. Kelley Oct 2020

Incorporating Worksheets To Enhance Active Learning In A Laboratory Course, Zakiya S. Kelley

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Study Goals:

To create worksheets that would aid the students in properly completing the required experiments and challenge them to do more than just follow the instructions. Each week there were often multiple experiments to be completed and pre-made samples to be observed within the class period. By providing the worksheet, I ensured the students completed all tasks and comprehended the covered material before class ended.

Objectives:

  • To improve student participation and information retention when completing laboratory experiments in the classroom
  • To emphasize key points of the topic being explored


From Instructor-Driven Teaching To Student-Focused Learning – A Personal Narrative, Omofolakunmi Elizabeth Olagbemi Oct 2020

From Instructor-Driven Teaching To Student-Focused Learning – A Personal Narrative, Omofolakunmi Elizabeth Olagbemi

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

My approach to teaching for several years was to explain the relevant material to my students, and then follow up with questions to confirm understanding. This is the approach that I was exposed to as a student and so I never questioned it. If my performance in a class was not up to par, then there must have been some deficiencies in preparation on my part. I never stopped to consider that perhaps the employment of a different teaching strategy by the instruction might have helped me obtain a better grade. Of course, this is mere speculation – it may be ...


Beyond The Learning Glass, Man Wing Chan, Ryan Cushman Oct 2020

Beyond The Learning Glass, Man Wing Chan, Ryan Cushman

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

For our poster project with the STEM Instructional Program, we made Learning Glass videos to supplement material in Algebra II and Precalculus sections and then assigned a worksheet and survey to gain some understanding of how the students interacted with the videos. In the midst of this project, we were overwhelmed with the coronavirus pandemic and the need to move our courses to distance learning. In this poster, we reflect on how the lessons of this program proved invaluable in addressing the challenges of distance learning.


Take Home Exam (The) As An Assessment Method For Stem Students, Kholoud S. Al-Ajlouni Oct 2020

Take Home Exam (The) As An Assessment Method For Stem Students, Kholoud S. Al-Ajlouni

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Testing in Academia is necessary for both the instructor and the students at the same time. Students build their academic efforts and give them an indication of the skills they mastered during the course. Despite the diversity of the assessment methods, distinguished universities consider ICE as the major assessment method.

ICEs are characterized by limited time,stress imposed on students and reduce unethical behavior of students; however it is not suitable for assessing higher levels of Blooms taxonomy. On the other hand, take-home exam THE is like an open-exam and assignment mix.


Improving Lab Experience For Students In Phys2080, Khushi Bhatt Oct 2020

Improving Lab Experience For Students In Phys2080, Khushi Bhatt

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

University Physics II (PHYS 2080) deals with providing hands-on experience with the experiments of electricity and magnetism. It aids students to develop computational thinking in physics through analysis of experimental and theoretical data using python programming language.

In Fall-2019, I taught the newly designed PHYS2080 class for the first time as per the requirements. During Spring-2020, I implemented some subtle changes using the skills that I gained through various teaching training. These changes are described in Methodology section. Data clearly shows improvement that was observed without lowering the expectations or changing the curriculum of the class.


Through The Learning Glass, Maria Talanda-Fisher Oct 2020

Through The Learning Glass, Maria Talanda-Fisher

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

For our poster project with the STEM Instructional Program, we made Learning Glass videos to supplement material in Algebra II and Precalculus sections and then assigned a worksheet and survey to gain some understanding of how the students interacted with the videos. In this poster, the results of the worksheet and related survey are provided. In addition, we reflect on what the data and student feedback mean for these types of videos moving forward.


How Understanding Your Students Can Impact The Learning Outcomes, Tiba Zaki Abdulhameed Oct 2020

How Understanding Your Students Can Impact The Learning Outcomes, Tiba Zaki Abdulhameed

STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters

Efficient communication with students can have great impact on the whole performance of the learning process. It is very important to consider the personal diversity among the students in order to reach to inclusivity in learning and to be able to have good communication with them. When the instructors build good communication with their students, they can encourage positive interactive learning environment.

Students at collage have their own busy life. If the instructor ignores their real life outside the class, many of them will be unable to continue and success. Many professional instructors in STEM field focus on the material ...


Teaching With Digital 3d Models Of Minerals And Rocks, Graham Dm Andrews, Gabrielle Labishak, Sarah Brown, Shelby L. Isom, Holly Danielle Pettus, Trevor Byers Oct 2020

Teaching With Digital 3d Models Of Minerals And Rocks, Graham Dm Andrews, Gabrielle Labishak, Sarah Brown, Shelby L. Isom, Holly Danielle Pettus, Trevor Byers

Faculty & Staff Scholarship

The disruption to geoscience curricula due to the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the difficulty of making mineral and rock samples accessible to students online rather than through traditional lab classes. In spring 2020, our community had to adapt rapidly to remote instruction; this transition amplified existing disparities in access to geoscience education but can be a catalyst to increase accessibility and flexibility in instruction permanently. Fortunately, a rich collection of 3D mineral and rock samples is being generated by a community of digital modelers (e.g., Perkins et al., 2019).


Book Review Of The Impact Of Identity In K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices, Catherine Martin Sep 2020

Book Review Of The Impact Of Identity In K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices, Catherine Martin

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Aguirre, Mayfield-Ingram, and Martin have written this book to engage teachers in conversations about and reflection on their own and their students' mathematical identities. While classroom examples focus on grades K-8, the book discusses teacher reflection and practice around issues of equity for grades K-12.


The Seesaw App: Providing Differentiated Assessment Opportunities, Tessa Ziser Sep 2020

The Seesaw App: Providing Differentiated Assessment Opportunities, Tessa Ziser

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

I discovered the Seesaw app, which allows students to create drawings, videos, and pictures that become part of an online portfolio. Although it is not THE answer to assessment, it has become one of my (and my students’) favorites.


Resisting Student Labeling In This Era Of Testing, Richard Kitchen, Michelle Garcia-Olp, Jacklyn Van Ooyik Sep 2020

Resisting Student Labeling In This Era Of Testing, Richard Kitchen, Michelle Garcia-Olp, Jacklyn Van Ooyik

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

We examined perspectives that prospective elementary teachers (PTs) noticed their mentor teachers held with regards to classifying students by achievement or behavior. Many PTs noticed deficit mathematical discourse and expressed concern about how that could lead students to develop negative views of themselves.


Letting Go, Kevin Junod Sep 2020

Letting Go, Kevin Junod

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Change perspectives and methods to make mathematics instruction more problem based.


Adapting A Number Sense Task To Learn More About K-5 Student Reasoning, Jody Guarino, Chepina Rumsey, Jennie Beltramini, Angie Miller, Kristin Gray, Shelbi Cole Sep 2020

Adapting A Number Sense Task To Learn More About K-5 Student Reasoning, Jody Guarino, Chepina Rumsey, Jennie Beltramini, Angie Miller, Kristin Gray, Shelbi Cole

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Look deeper into how 5th grade students think through a task by examining standards from earlier grades.


The Redesigned Sat Calls For A Conceptual Approach, Jeff Mccalla Sep 2020

The Redesigned Sat Calls For A Conceptual Approach, Jeff Mccalla

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Be intentional about including conceptual questions on every assessment that students take.


From The Editor's Desk, Sandie Gilliam Sep 2020

From The Editor's Desk, Sandie Gilliam

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Whether you are an instructional leader in mathematics inside or outside of the role as a classroom teacher, consider being a part of the Colorado Mathematics Leaders (CML).


Promoting Class Discourse With Warm-Up Routines, Lisa Bejarano Sep 2020

Promoting Class Discourse With Warm-Up Routines, Lisa Bejarano

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

Routines, particularly at the start of class, create predictability and provide an opportunity to experiment with instructional strategies that can enhance the mathematics culture in a classroom. In this article, we explore concrete examples of instructional routines, along with resources and consideration of the values they communicate.


Tasks That Promote Problem Solving, Wendy Ward Hoffer Sep 2020

Tasks That Promote Problem Solving, Wendy Ward Hoffer

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

What makes a rich, juicy task that can deeply engage learners in thinking and understanding important mathematical ideas? I have found that a great task offers varied entry points, is open-ended, and invites multiple representations.


Success With Tasks That Promote Problem Solving, Joanie Funderburk Sep 2020

Success With Tasks That Promote Problem Solving, Joanie Funderburk

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

I provide resources and suggestions for teachers to find or adapt tasks to promote students' reasoning and problem solving.


From The Editor's Desk, Sandie Gilliam Sep 2020

From The Editor's Desk, Sandie Gilliam

Colorado Mathematics Teacher

In Principles to Actions (PtA), NCTM suggests that there is too much focus on learning procedures without any connection to meaning, understanding, or the applications that require these procedures. I share my vision to address this challenge.


Elementary Teachers’ Mental Images Of Engineers At Work, Rebekah Hammack, Juliana Utley, Toni Ivey, Karen High Sep 2020

Elementary Teachers’ Mental Images Of Engineers At Work, Rebekah Hammack, Juliana Utley, Toni Ivey, Karen High

Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER)

The purpose of the current study was to determine the impacts of a multiple-day engineering-focused professional development program on elementary teachers’ perceptions of the work of engineers and their use of mathematics and science. Data were collected in the form of drawings of engineers prior to and immediately after the professional development program as well as an open-ended exit survey at the end of the program. Participants’ drawings were scored in the following areas: use of mathematics, use of science, and work of an engineer. Wilcoxon signed-rank tests revealed that the only significant change between measures was in ‘‘work of ...


The Influence Of A Science Methods Course On Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Visions Of Science Teaching, Martha M. Canipe, Jessica Y. Coronado Verdugo Sep 2020

The Influence Of A Science Methods Course On Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Visions Of Science Teaching, Martha M. Canipe, Jessica Y. Coronado Verdugo

Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Prospective elementary teachers may enter their teacher education program having experienced science more as a collection of definitions and facts than in ways that support rich engagement with scientific phenomena. As a result, their visions of themselves as science teachers may not align with the most recent understandings about how to teach science to support student learning. Science methods courses are settings that have the potential to shift prospective teachers’ visions of science teaching. We used an explanatory sequential mixed methods approach with collection of survey data followed by interviews with selected participants. We analyzed how prospective elementary teachers’ visions ...


Specifications-Based Grading Reduces Anxiety For Students Of Ordinary Differential Equations, Mel Henriksen, Jakob Kotas, Mami Wentworth Sep 2020

Specifications-Based Grading Reduces Anxiety For Students Of Ordinary Differential Equations, Mel Henriksen, Jakob Kotas, Mami Wentworth

CODEE Journal

Specifications-based grading (SBG) is an assessment scheme in which student grades are based on demonstrated understanding of known specifications which are tied to course learning outcomes. Typically with SBG, students are given multiple opportunities to demonstrate such understanding. In undergraduate-level introductory ordinary differential equations courses at two institutions, SBG has been found to markedly decrease students’ self-reported anxiety related to the course as compared to traditionally graded courses.


Ascendance And Transformation: Humanizing Trio First Generation Students Of Color And Their Stem Empowerment Agents, Vanessa Nicole Torres Sep 2020

Ascendance And Transformation: Humanizing Trio First Generation Students Of Color And Their Stem Empowerment Agents, Vanessa Nicole Torres

The Macksey Journal

The TRIO program has the ability to mentor Black and Latinx students of color into pathways that can minimize the gap in educational attainment. Stanton-Salazar (2011) explains how mentorship in the form of empowerment agents among working-class students of color furthers their access to institutional support that is empowering for them in combination with their critical consciousness as they navigate STEM as a field and career choice (as cited in V. Pendakur, 2016). In other words, a mentor becomes a tool for action for this student population to transform themselves and their community. The TRIO STEM educators involved in California ...


Everything Is Science: A Free City-Wide Science Festival, Jarrod W. Creameans, Michelle G. Pitts, Olivia White, Kellen M. Greenwell, Kristie Colón, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Vincent J. Venditto Sep 2020

Everything Is Science: A Free City-Wide Science Festival, Jarrod W. Creameans, Michelle G. Pitts, Olivia White, Kellen M. Greenwell, Kristie Colón, Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Vincent J. Venditto

Pharmaceutical Sciences Faculty Publications

A week-long, city-wide science festival called Everything is Science (EiS) was developed to educate the community in an informal manner. The festival serves as a platform for presenters from diverse professions to give engaging talks (without PowerPoint slides) to the public, free of charge, in restaurants and bars around town. Over 350 people attended the events over 5 days with 33 presenters. Surveys completed by attendees and session coordinators indicate strong support for this festival. Altogether, the EiS festival serves as a no-cost method to engage with the community and improve science literacy with potential for adoption in other cities.


The Relationship Between The Next Generation Content Area Reading Professional Development Program On The Effectiveness Of Teaching Literacy Strategies In High School Biology Classes, Tia Pridgen Brown Sep 2020

The Relationship Between The Next Generation Content Area Reading Professional Development Program On The Effectiveness Of Teaching Literacy Strategies In High School Biology Classes, Tia Pridgen Brown

Dissertations

The need for effective content area reading teachers have continued to increase since the introduction of one public school districts’ Content Area Reading Professional Development (CAR-PD) in 2006. In 2011, modifications were made to improve the program, and it became known as the Next Generation Content Area Reading Professional Development (NGCAR-PD). The purpose of this program evaluation is to investigate the relationship between NGCAR-PD certified Biology teachers and their ability to implement reading strategies with science content effectively. The context of this inquiry is a mid-sized public school district that has implemented the program since 2006 at the middle and ...