Exeter Math Institute: Building Community Among Math Teachers
The first week of August often represents last minute vacations or final days of sleeping in for many teachers. However, for a group of math teachers from the Kansas City Metro Area, it was an opportunity for camaraderie and professional growth.
St. Teresa’s Academy had the pleasure of hosting Exeter Math Institute (EMI), a four-day workshop taught by faculty members from Phillips Exeter Academy, an independent co-educational secondary school in southeast New Hampshire. EMI follows a student-centered pedagogy that replaces the traditional lecture driven curriculum with collaborative problem solving and hands-on learning activities. While attending EMI, math teachers practiced new methods for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of varying learning styles.
Exeter Math Institute was hosted in partnership with Rockhurst High School. The Summer 2016-2017 sessions served 46 teachers from over 20 KC Metro schools including representation from public and private primary and secondary institutes.
Faculty STEM Workshop at KC EZ (Kansas City Engineering Zone) & the KC STEM ALLIANCE
STA faculty learned more about the STEM acronym and teacher STEM resources available in KC as well as the FIRST program. Teachers were divided into four groups and rotated through the following breakout sessions: Coding, Measurement & Machining, Purdue Spatial Visualization Test 3D Object Sketching, and FIRST Lego League setup kit building. Laura Bauer and Martha McCabe of the KC STEM Alliance guided St. Teresa’s Academy teachers in exploring hands-on STEM activities. The experience was a great way to expose teachers to all disciplines within STEM. The Academy plans to offer new courses to enhance STEM offerings to students, create an all girls First Tech Challenge Team to compete in the coming year, and design a STEM certificate diploma program.