Collins High School geometry teacher participating jointly with
The University of Southern Mississippi in the GK-12 Graduate Teaching
Fellows Program traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to learn
and share experiences with other educators from across the nation.
a 17-year veteran math teacher in her first year at Collins, was
the lone teacher representative from the area attending the national
convocation. This is the first year Coleman has participated in
the GK-12 program, a National Science Foundation grant that pairs
graduate students with teachers in subjects such as math, chemistry
has been partnered with Southern Miss graduate student Melanie Lynn
this semester, said the program is a "great asset in the classroom"
because it teaches students hands-on applications of mathematic
of times students can't see the reality of these ideas using paper
and pencil, but once they've seen them applied, it makes sense,"
Dr. David Hebert,
GK-12 project coordinator, said Coleman was selected to attend the
conference because of her enthusiasm for the program.
she was first selected, as are many teachers first chosen for this
program, she was hesitant because she didn't know what to expect,"
Hebert said. "Now she has become one of our biggest supporters.
She, along with Covington County Schools, has been a wonderful partner
and has helped develop strong partnerships with our graduate students."
In its second
year, the grant also pairs graduate students at Southern Miss with
educators in Forrest County, Forrest County Agricultural High School,
Jefferson Davis County and Hattiesburg Public Schools.
Charles Lewis said the program gives teachers an additional resource
to tap into by networking with the graduate students, who help plan
activities, projects and other assignments. "Miss Coleman volunteered
for training in August and was paired up with Melanie Lynn, and
together they have done a wonderful job coming up with neat hands-on
activities for the students," Lewis said.
One of those
projects involved planning a trip to far-away cities using maps,
graphing paper and atlases. After plotting courses to their selected
destinations using geometric tools, students then wrote stories
and produced brochures about the cities they "visited."
done about five or six projects using hands-on applications in class.
All of them were designed to help students see how math can be used
in real life," Coleman said.
For more information
about the GK-12 program, contact Hebert at (601) 266-4739.