UMath is teaching teachers

Co-directors Drs. Dovie Kimmins and Mary B. Martin once again are helping to ensure that UMath concepts add up for elementary-school teachers across Tennessee.

UMath instructor James Parsons, who teaches at Meigs Magnet School in Nashville, uses an iPad to emphasize a point during a lesson in the Tom Jackson Building on the MTSU campus. Sixty-two Tennessee elementary-school teachers participated in UMath, a three-week math-teaching workshop. (MTSU photo by News and Media Relations)

For three weeks, they and other instructors are investing time planting UMath seeds in middle Tennessee. June 6-10 saw them at MTSU in the Tom H. Jackson Building’s Cantrell Hall; the group then worked in Chattanooga June 13-17 and was heading to Clarksville for the June 20-24 session.

Sixty-two math teachers in third through fifth grades are gaining new techniques they can carry back to their classrooms, Kimmins said.

Dr. Jeremy Winters of MTSU and Austin Peay State University math professors Mary Lou Witherspoon, Andy Wilson and Jackie Vogel are being joined by master teachers Kathryn Dillard and James and Tammy Parsons of Metro Nashville Public Schools to bring their expertise to the venues.

All of the participants will gather July 14-15 at Fall Creek Falls State Park for an additional workshop. They also will meet once in September and once in November, Kimmins said.

UMath is a math-science partnership grant from the Tennessee Department of Education.

— Randy Weiler, jweiler@