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August 5, 2004
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Local Teachers Participate In Mathematics Institute
Kadoka School District guidance counselor Jackie Herber and teacher Margaret Koenig recently participated in the Mathematics for Middle School Teachers Institute at South Dakota Tech, an engineering and science university in Rapid City.
The institute consisted of two weeks of intensive study in mathematics. Topics covered included a review of algebra, geometry, and probability and statistics. The institute also emphasized state standards and discovery learning, an approach to learning that involves students in open-ended exercises that encourage discovery.
“The students worked very hard, often 12 hours a day,” Dr. Toni Logar said. Logar is a professor in Tech’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “I was amazed at their dedication to their profession and to their students. Their primary thought every day was how the new material could help their students.”
Logar taught the institute with Jill Trimble, an instructor in Tech’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Wendy Schamber, a teacher at Lead High School. The institute was one of a series offered at various sites around the state. The effort was funded with a grant from the South Dakota Department of Education, and was coordinated by Dr. Karen Whitehead, Tech’s vice president for academic affairs. The South Dakota Department of Education asked South Dakota Tech to collaborate with the department in promoting portions of the new state content standards and in building educators' ability to teach them.
“Our purpose was to create a community of scholars comprised of middle school math teachers who would help each other throughout the year with the difficult task of making math accessible and fun for middle school students,” Logar said.
Strengthening the math skills of students in South Dakota is important to South Dakota Tech. Tech uses various outreach programs and events to promote math and science learning.
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