Rural 4th-12th grade math teachers of the Inland Northwest will get help to improve their students’ proportional reasoning at a Making Math Reasoning Explicit (MMRE) summer mathematics reasoning and leadership institute at Washington State University Pullman June 15-July 1.
“Students from MMRE participating schools are getting higher test scores and performing better overall compared to similar schools not participating in the MMRE program,” said WSU math professor and MMRE co-director Libby Knott.
On Friday, June 19, and Monday, June 22, the media is invited to attend workshops where teachers will use large colorful gears to develop a better idea of how proportions and ratios can be solved using reasoning skills rather than a cross-multiply algorithm. The workshops will be 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:15-3:15 p.m. both days in the Education Addition building (http://map.wsu.edu/).
School districts represented this summer are:
WA Districts ID Districts
Dayton Boundary County
Pomeroy Lake Pend Oreille
Soap Lake West Bonner
In addition to the summer institute, the MMRE team of WSU and University of Idaho mathematics education researchers conducts classroom observations, visits school districts and offers regional seminars. An external evaluation company is benchmarking the participating schools and tracking student achievement over the course of the research project.
The summer institute is part of a larger MMRE program that is supported by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership Program (NSF DUE grant number 1050397).