2012-13 Creative Teaching Grant Recipient – Tracy Stallworth, Centennial Elementary
“The project was designed to be student-driven. It involved math centers that students could choose based on their needs and pre-test scores.”
This grant provided funds to purchase several math games that included number operations, fractions, geometry, measurement and manipulatives for place value and fractions.
As we look toward the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, it is imperative that students learn to be independent thinkers and problem solvers. This project will allow students to practice solving real world math problems in an independent setting, allowing them to take responsibility for their learning outcomes. This also satisfies one of the goals of our SIP, which states that "teachers will utilize math centers to provide additional practice of math concepts taught".
The outcomes were greater than initially predicted. Students enjoyed the math centers so much they often selected them over “free-choice” activities during Fun Friday’s. One student even overcame her fear of calculating fractions, which had even brought her to tears. Utilizing the math center games and manipulatives she was able to master the concepts with these additional tools and received 100% on a fractions exam.
“Thank you so much for awarding me a Creative Teaching Grant for the 2012-2013 school year. So often teachers must use their own funds to purchase classroom items, but this grant enabled me to buy math games without using my own money. I never would have been able to purchase so much for my students otherwise!”