Teachers learn from students during NMSU MathLab summer program

mathcampElementary, middle and high school students in 17 classrooms across New Mexico, including New Mexico State University, are helping their teachers improve their teaching skills by participating in the NMSU Mathematically Connected Communities, or MC2, MathLab this week.

Students participated in a scavenger hunt Monday at O’Donnell Hall as part of the MC2 MathLab summer program. Students searched for objects measured in fractions of a foot, then wrote a description of what they found. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez)
Students in Algebra 1 made bean and cheese burritos in class Monday at O’Donnell Hall as part of the MC2 MathLab summer program. Students in the class counted the burritos’ calories and other nutritional data, then graphed the inequalities. (NMSU photo by Adriana M. Chavez)

MathLab began Monday at University Hills Elementary School and NMSU in Las Cruces, and sites in Artesia, Pojoaque, Los Lunas and Gallup. About 480 students entering grades 2, 3, 4 and 7 and Algebra 1 are participating in the program, along with more than 350 teachers.
“I like the group work, but my favorite part about MathLab was the Yahtzee game. I am learning a lot about equivalent and improper fractions and mixed numbers,” said Caleb Parra, a fifth grade student from Las Cruces Public Schools.  Read more…

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