In this session, Dr. Cheng-Yao Lin and Dr. Jerry Becker will discuss weaknesses they have found in preservice teacher’s computational skills and understanding. To assess students’ computational skills, they administered pretests the first day of class on the basic addition facts, multiplication facts and computational facility on the whole numbers, fractions, decimals and integers. The results they found were astonishing and worse than ever before, and they have found that they get worse each succeeding semester.
Theodore Brown is a Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and a former Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His support was instrumental in starting the MSTE Office in 1993.
From 2003 to 2012, the Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School (BBCHS) worked with the MSTE Office in the College of Education to improve mathematics and science instruction and integrate technology into classroom teachings. This panel discussion will look particularly at the intervention in the mathematics classes as BBCHS, lessons learned and lessons lost.
Helen Boehrnsen was the Curriculum Director at BBCHS during this time
Renee Williams is the Mathematics Department Head at BBCHS and continues in this role today.
Unfortunately, Dr. McKnight is unable to make the trip to Champaign at this time, so the October 26th MSTE Friday Lunch has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the spring.