By Damien Willis Posted on 06/04/2015 in the Las Cruces Sun-News
This week, at University Hills Elementary and the New Mexico State University campus, students from across the city are learning how useful math can be — from calculating areas of countries to understanding the dangers of the Ebola virus. At the MC² Math Lab, students are learning from teachers who are part of the Mathematically Connected Communities professional development program at NMSU.
Jana Ward, a graduate of the program, said that it has revolutionized the way she teaches math.
“About six years ago, I had the opportunity to join the MC² L.I.F.T. Program, which is a masters program for teachers, where you get your master’s degree in teaching mathematics,” said Ward. “There is also a leadership component —L.I.F.T. stands for Leadership Institute for Teachers. You’re really building content knowledge and pedagogy at the same time.”
As about 80 students spend the week learning about math, 110 teachers from across the region, from Deming to Alamogordo, are using the camp to become better teachers. In a room next door to each Math Lab classroom, kindergarten through twelfth grade teachers observe the students and camp leaders via live video as camp leaders teach the children.