Elementary education majors instruct at math campPosted June 07, 2012
Students from the Department of Teacher Education will gain experience and meet children's needs through an innovative Math Camp held on ACU's campus June 18-21.
The ACU Math Camp serves a dual purpose: to help elementary-aged students who need additional instruction in math while also providing a valuable learning experience for university students who are preparing to be math teachers.
The camp runs in conjunction with an ACU summer course, Math Methods for Elementary Teachers. Junior and senior education students enrolled in this class will work at Math Camp. With supervision, the university students will assess camp attendees' math attitudes and aptitudes, then follow up with instructional strategies to correct deficiencies.
Mitzi Adams, camp director and coordinator of field experiences and professional development at ACU, expounds on the value of this camp for the university students.
"Through the camp, our majors gain experience in many areas of teacher education: planning lessons that engage the child, lesson delivery for repeated sessions, reflection on personal strengths, identifying potential areas of growth, understanding how a child thinks through problems, and small group management," says Adams.
The camp is designed for children entering first grade to sixth grade. 13 university students will be assisting this year, allowing up to 50 children to attend.
ACU Math Camp will take place June 18-June 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. daily. Camp attendees will participate in two small group instruction sessions, with a snack break in between. Individual appointments to assess attendees' needs will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. on June 14, the Thursday prior to camp.