Math Faculty Donate Graphing
Helping Local Students
Two Jacksonville State University faculty members are donating special
calculators to a local school and providing a workshop on their use
in order to help students improve their reasoning skills.
Marilyn Johnson of Rainbow City, instructor of mathematics, and Dr.
Jan Case of Jacksonville, associate professor of mathematics, achieved
a $3,000 grant from the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. and Texas
Instruments. They used a portion of the funds to buy graphing calculators
for students at Sacred Heart to use in their mathematical concepts classes.
The courses are part of the required core curriculum for all students
seeking certification in early childhood, elementary, and middle school
According to Johnson, "Our desire is not to replace the basic understandings
and thought processes that students achieve through manual calculations
with pencil and paper. Instead, by freeing students from the rudiments
of arithmetic, we hope to free them to focus more on reasoning, pattern
recognition, decision making, and ultimately problem solving. In doing
so, we should be able to enhance their basic understandings and thought
Dr. Case said that in addition to helping pre-service teachers, the
grant provides funds to support in-service teachers as well.
"To this end, we will present a demonstration workshop at Sacred Heart
School on December 12," said Dr. Case. "At the workshop, the school
will receive instruction and calculators worth more than $1,200 to encourage
the incorporation of technology into their classrooms."
The workshop will begin at 1 p.m. at Sacred Heart. Case said the project
"will improve the mathematics course and give teachers another tool
for classroom use."
For further information about the program, contact Dr. Case at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Ms. Johnson at email@example.com.
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