NEW WILMINGTON, PA. Westminster College students help with Family Math Night

Staff report

New wilmington, pa.

Westminster College junior and senior early childhood/special education majors helped conduct Family Math Night on Nov. 1 at Wilmington Elementary School.

More than 200 families attended the event for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Westminster students planned and provided all games and activities for the students and their families.

“During Math Night, Westminster students were given the opportunity to expand their learning outside of the typical classroom,” said Sararose Lynch, course instructor.

“This experience allowed students to deepen their knowledge of how to teach mathematics because they were able to put what they learned during their coursework into actual practice with elementary-age students and their families,” she said.

The Westminster students are from the “Math for Primary Grades” course. It is an introduction to the content and methods of teaching mathematics in the primary grades, which meets the Pennsylvania Academic and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.

Instructional strategies are based on a constructivist approach emphasizing problem solving, estimation and making sense of mathematics. The role of technology in instruction, modern trends in mathematics education and research is included.

The Westminster Department of Education’s goal is to prepare early childhood/special-education teachers who are distinguished by their subject matter knowledge, interpersonal capacities, pedagogical skills and professional attitudes.

Through study in general coursework and professional education, students are encouraged to build a professional knowledge base.

Meaningful classroom experiences, opportunities with children, and partnerships with schools and agencies enable students to make connections between academic work and the field of basic education.

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