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Math Faculty Members and Students Present Sessions at State Teachers Conference

Three faculty members of the Mathematics Department recently presented sessions at the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh on November 5–6, 2009.

Dr. Edel Reilly presented sessions on “Literacy and Mathematics: A Bridge to Social Justice” and “The Tangram Tango: Geometric Manipulatives for Elementary Students.” Dr. Margaret Stempien presented “Coloring Maps: Fun with Students in Discrete Mathematics,” and Dr. Mary Lou Metz presented “Fractals: The ‘New Math’ of the 21st Century.”

In addition, four students from the Mathematics Department did presentations at the Pre-Service Teacher Day component of the conference. Hayley Markoff, a junior Secondary Mathematics Education major, presented her research on “Women in Mathematics—Still a Man’s World?” Alyssa Aiello, Daniele Chahoy, and Jay Murgi, all Elementary Education majors from the CCAC cohort with a Mathematics Concentration, presented their lesson, “All About Pittsburgh,” which integrated geometry in the study of the architecture and history of Pittsburgh. Of the seven students presenting at Pre-Service Teacher Day, four were from IUP.

Over one hundred pre-service teachers from fourteen colleges and universities in Pennsylvania attended Pre-Service Teacher Day. IUP was represented by ten students. In addition to the four presenters, Sarah Romasco, Annalese Weldy, Julie Kardell, John Sokol, Heather Hobbins, and Kayla Kohler—all Secondary Math Education majors—participated.

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