Iowa Wesleyan College students Jennifer Bentley, April Johnson and Sarah Spears, with Teacher Education faculty member, Martha Wiley, will conduct workshops at the annual meeting of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) in Des Moines this Friday. The three students are seniors completing the program for certification in elementary education.
The students have been working on approaches to sharing information on powerful problem solving strategies and appropriate use of calculators. These are topics that fit with the newly-mandated Iowa Core Curriculum for math education, according to Wiley.
The conference theme is “Solving the CORE Equation.” It will be attended by educators at all levels from elementary through post-secondary. Bentley and Wiley will conduct a workshop titled “Human the Genius, Calculator the Slave.” Johnson, Spears and Wiley will present “Pushing for Problem Solving,” showing how to launch a story problem and use diagrams to help solve complex problems with elementary arithmetic.
Each workshop will be presented twice during the conference.
Bentley and Spears are from Ft. Madison, Iowa. Johnson is from Montrose, Iowa.