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College of Education faculty and students work with K-8 students on math skills

Dr. Ian Whitacre

Dr. Ian Whitacre, Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education, along with a group of preservice elementary teachers and grad students, are working with students at the North Florida Freedom Schools summer camp on honing their math skills.

“This is a professional development experience in which the teachers get practice leading number talks with students at the camp,” explains Whitacre. Number talks are a particular type of mathematical discussion in which students share their ideas and strategies. With this model, the teachers benefit by improving their skills in selecting tasks and leading mathematical discussions, and the kids benefit from participating in number talks, which involve reasoning flexibly about math problems and explaining one’s thinking. 

The students from the camp will visit the Stone building on Friday, July 8 where the College of Education will hold a Math Fair from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

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