Dr. Becky Lucas, associate professor of education, Dr. Margie Ribble, associate professor of mathematics, and several Maryville College mathematics students recently attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Regional Conference and Exposition in Nashville.
Hosted by the Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Middle Tennessee Mathematics Teachers, the conference centered on the theme “Connections: Linking Concepts and Context” and offered workshops covering pre-K through grade 12, challenging educators to add to their math knowledge and increase their instructional skills.
According to Lucas, attending the conference gave students networking opportunities with math teachers from the region, exposure to the latest trends in math education and a new perspective on what it means to be a teacher/professional.
The three-day conference facilitated an exchange of ideas among mathematics educators on how students learn mathematics and the best teaching practices, thus enabling teachers to return to their classrooms better prepared to teach all students.
She said that attending professional conferences with students is meaningful and important for both faculty and students.
“Students gain valuable knowledge and experience in a professional setting that is unlike any on-campus or in-class activity,” explained Lucas. “And Dr. Ribble and I returned from the conference with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to our students and to the course we co-teach.”