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f^JHOMAS NELSON JJI^COMMUNITY COLLEGE a r c h i v e s ' a biweekly newsletter for faculty and staff Vol. 9, No. 10 November 20,1995 VQUEST...What is It? Part I Seamless Curriculum: The Mathematics Many people, if they codirectors, initiated a core group of math educators including one representative from each of the participating school systems: Hampton, Newport News, and York County Public Schools. The core group of 5 developed and distributed a presurvey to find out the extent to which math teachers in grades 914 use historical applications and technology in the classroom. Data from this presurvey has been descriptively analyzed and put in a data file. It will be used for comparison with a postsurvey when the project is completed. Also, to encourage the use of history and technology in the teaching of mathematics, a resource manual was developed. The core group requested examples of historical anecdotes/ lessons and technology applications. All math teachers in the participating systems were invited to contribute to the manual. These entries were the basis of the resource manual. However, the responses received from the high schools were low. This may have been due to limited communication with the high schools. For 19951996 the core group hopes to identify a contact person in the math department of each of the 12 high schools. In an effort to reach all math teachers at the participating schools, Phillips and the codirector from CNU visited each of the participating systems during the inservice period prior to the start of the 1995 fall classes. During that period the goals of VQUEST were presented, the manual distributed, and demonstrations were given as time permitted. Phillips indicates that Poquoson Public Schools took an interest in reform issues. She went to Poquoson to give teachers the presentation and handout manuals. The idea of placing the Resource Manual on the Internet has been given some consideration. Thomas Nelson has been undergoing reform measures, too. In summer 1995 Developmental Algebra was revised. A strong graphical approach was initiated encouraging the use of the TI82 graphing calculator (or equivalent) and/or the use of the computer algebra system DERIVE. Beginning in Fall 95 in all math courses, math faculty were encouraged to emphasize problem solving, metric conversion, and the hear the term VQUEST, may not understand what the term means or what its impact has been on science and math education throughout the state. Beverly Phillips, assistant professor of Mathematics, has to draw a diagram of it when she explains the different components to people. But in a word, VQUEST, Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and Technology is a grant program offered to encourage and improve math and science education throughout the state. In particular, a statewide National Science Foundation grant has been offered to educators in the Peninsula area to reform Math and Science education in grades 914. The reform calls for changes in the math and science curriculums in high school and the first two years of college. The local project administered by Christopher Newport University in cooperation with Thomas Nelson, York County, Newport News, and Hampton is called Science Teachers All Reach for the Sky (STARS). STARS project began in 1993. STARS consists of five reforms:(l) teachers as researchers (2) students as researchers (3) the seamless curriculum which consists of two separate components, math and science, (4) the cocurriculum and(5) the SMART classroom. Phillips and a math professor at CNU are the codirectors of the math component of the reform. One of the goals for the math component of the project is to encourage the use of history and technology in the teaching of mathematics. "Some people think math is a mystery," says Phillips. "We want students to see that there are real people working on this subject and developing it," adds Phillips. She cites the prothagoran theory as an example, "In geometry, if teachers present the prothagoran theory, we encourage them to talk a little about Prothagorus and its historical background. This gives students a foundation to the understanding of mathematics." Phillips mentions that many math books have history segments in their pages, but some teachers skip over them. As part of the activities for the math component, Phillips and a CNU professor, as Component use of fractions and decimals. They were encouraged to use the available technology and offer historical perspectives when appropriate. It has been recommended that Math 120, "Introduction to Math," be restructured to include a unit on geometry. The precalculus sequence, MTH 163/164, can be restructured to include a unit on statistics and one on variation and proportion. It's recommended that teachers emphasize the interpretation of graphs, graphing skills, and understanding the relationships among variables in an equation. It has also been recommended that a departmental committee be formed to investigate the revision of the "Math for Liberal Arts Sequence," MTH 151/152. The committee will be asked to consider replacing this sequence with one semester liberal arts course followed by a semester of MTH 146, "Introduction to Elementary Statistics." "Dr. Wingo, division chair of Natural Science and Mathematics, has been very supportive of the mathematics curriculum reform at Thomas Nelson," says Phillips. "We can't carry out future actions, plans or evaluations, yet," explains Phillips. "We're waiting for final approval of the grant for 19951996." When funding does come in the codirectors will continue working with Tis The Season Holiday time will soon be upon us. One of the traditional activities that occurs is the decorating and lighting of a campus holiday tree. The College Support Staff Association plans to host the tree lighting ceremony on November 30. Deb Belcher has used her "influence" to procure participation from a group of Bethel High School band members who will provide some appropriate music for everyone's enjoyment. The association will serve refreshments. Watch for future announcements and plan to join us on November 30.
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Title  Flagstaff vol. 9, issue 10 
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Date  19951120 
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Transcript  f^JHOMAS NELSON JJI^COMMUNITY COLLEGE a r c h i v e s ' a biweekly newsletter for faculty and staff Vol. 9, No. 10 November 20,1995 VQUEST...What is It? Part I Seamless Curriculum: The Mathematics Many people, if they codirectors, initiated a core group of math educators including one representative from each of the participating school systems: Hampton, Newport News, and York County Public Schools. The core group of 5 developed and distributed a presurvey to find out the extent to which math teachers in grades 914 use historical applications and technology in the classroom. Data from this presurvey has been descriptively analyzed and put in a data file. It will be used for comparison with a postsurvey when the project is completed. Also, to encourage the use of history and technology in the teaching of mathematics, a resource manual was developed. The core group requested examples of historical anecdotes/ lessons and technology applications. All math teachers in the participating systems were invited to contribute to the manual. These entries were the basis of the resource manual. However, the responses received from the high schools were low. This may have been due to limited communication with the high schools. For 19951996 the core group hopes to identify a contact person in the math department of each of the 12 high schools. In an effort to reach all math teachers at the participating schools, Phillips and the codirector from CNU visited each of the participating systems during the inservice period prior to the start of the 1995 fall classes. During that period the goals of VQUEST were presented, the manual distributed, and demonstrations were given as time permitted. Phillips indicates that Poquoson Public Schools took an interest in reform issues. She went to Poquoson to give teachers the presentation and handout manuals. The idea of placing the Resource Manual on the Internet has been given some consideration. Thomas Nelson has been undergoing reform measures, too. In summer 1995 Developmental Algebra was revised. A strong graphical approach was initiated encouraging the use of the TI82 graphing calculator (or equivalent) and/or the use of the computer algebra system DERIVE. Beginning in Fall 95 in all math courses, math faculty were encouraged to emphasize problem solving, metric conversion, and the hear the term VQUEST, may not understand what the term means or what its impact has been on science and math education throughout the state. Beverly Phillips, assistant professor of Mathematics, has to draw a diagram of it when she explains the different components to people. But in a word, VQUEST, Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and Technology is a grant program offered to encourage and improve math and science education throughout the state. In particular, a statewide National Science Foundation grant has been offered to educators in the Peninsula area to reform Math and Science education in grades 914. The reform calls for changes in the math and science curriculums in high school and the first two years of college. The local project administered by Christopher Newport University in cooperation with Thomas Nelson, York County, Newport News, and Hampton is called Science Teachers All Reach for the Sky (STARS). STARS project began in 1993. STARS consists of five reforms:(l) teachers as researchers (2) students as researchers (3) the seamless curriculum which consists of two separate components, math and science, (4) the cocurriculum and(5) the SMART classroom. Phillips and a math professor at CNU are the codirectors of the math component of the reform. One of the goals for the math component of the project is to encourage the use of history and technology in the teaching of mathematics. "Some people think math is a mystery," says Phillips. "We want students to see that there are real people working on this subject and developing it," adds Phillips. She cites the prothagoran theory as an example, "In geometry, if teachers present the prothagoran theory, we encourage them to talk a little about Prothagorus and its historical background. This gives students a foundation to the understanding of mathematics." Phillips mentions that many math books have history segments in their pages, but some teachers skip over them. As part of the activities for the math component, Phillips and a CNU professor, as Component use of fractions and decimals. They were encouraged to use the available technology and offer historical perspectives when appropriate. It has been recommended that Math 120, "Introduction to Math," be restructured to include a unit on geometry. The precalculus sequence, MTH 163/164, can be restructured to include a unit on statistics and one on variation and proportion. It's recommended that teachers emphasize the interpretation of graphs, graphing skills, and understanding the relationships among variables in an equation. It has also been recommended that a departmental committee be formed to investigate the revision of the "Math for Liberal Arts Sequence," MTH 151/152. The committee will be asked to consider replacing this sequence with one semester liberal arts course followed by a semester of MTH 146, "Introduction to Elementary Statistics." "Dr. Wingo, division chair of Natural Science and Mathematics, has been very supportive of the mathematics curriculum reform at Thomas Nelson," says Phillips. "We can't carry out future actions, plans or evaluations, yet," explains Phillips. "We're waiting for final approval of the grant for 19951996." When funding does come in the codirectors will continue working with Tis The Season Holiday time will soon be upon us. One of the traditional activities that occurs is the decorating and lighting of a campus holiday tree. The College Support Staff Association plans to host the tree lighting ceremony on November 30. Deb Belcher has used her "influence" to procure participation from a group of Bethel High School band members who will provide some appropriate music for everyone's enjoyment. The association will serve refreshments. Watch for future announcements and plan to join us on November 30. 
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