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It's Back to School for Math Teachers with MATE


Inspiration Plus Perspiration Equals Success with UCR’s MATE Program

Teachers, administrators attend summer academy to sharpen skills, obtain resources and let off a little steam at the gym.

(June 16, 2008)

Teachers attending MATE participate in a lesson in topology, a branch of geometry, as they attempt to define a knot. <br />
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Teachers attending MATE participate in a lesson in topology, a branch of geometry, as they attempt to define a knot.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — It’s more than a numbers game for local area mathematics teachers attending the University of California, Riverside’s Mathematics Academy for Teaching Excellence (MATE) offered through the Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA). The program will be offered June 23 through 27 at the UC Riverside campus Student Recreation Center and July 21 through 25 at the UC Riverside Palm Desert campus.

Participants in MATE will reap the benefits of nontraditional methods of teaching mathematics and are provided cutting-edge concepts and inspiration they can pass on to their students.

“The teachers who attend our program are already extremely motivated individuals,” said Pamela Clute, ALPHA Center director and assistant vice provost of academic partnerships. “However, it is important to keep them excited about teaching and knowledgeable about current information suitable for inspiring and energizing high performance in students.”

The program, designed for teachers of grades five through 12, focuses heavily on quantitative literacy, algebra, geometry and analysis — key elements for college entrance and workforce readiness. Teachers receive content-rich, interactive classroom ideas and useful classroom materials which will enhance their lessons. The curriculum illustrates how the subject relates to everyday life and develops an excitement about mathematics.

New ideas are fostered in a collaborative environment made up of teachers, administrators, university professors and undergraduate students who plan to teach. Following completion of the program, participants are expected to share what they learned with other teachers, administrators, students and parents.

And, because the event is held in the recreation center, participants are encouraged to use the facility to exercise during breaks in the program as an added benefit.

“MATE values teachers, treating them as professionals who can become excellent leaders,” said Clute.

Participants attend the academy “free of charge” and receive a $750 stipend plus a professional library of resource materials worth $1,000.
The MATE program offers teachers many hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom. Enlarge

The MATE program offers teachers many hands-on activities that can be used in the classroom.

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