2018 Maryland Math and Science Institute (MMSI)

Photo credit: Jahaira Dixon

Photo credit: Jahaira Dixon

Terrapin Teachers co-hosted the 2018 Maryland Mathematics and Science Institute (MMSI) in collaboration with faculty from the Department of Mathematics on June 25-28, 2018.  Teachers from 23 local schools in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. participated in lectures and discussions focused on cutting-edge research from UMD faculty during the morning sessions.  The afternoon sessions were facilitated by Terrapin Teachers Master Teachers.  Activities concentrated on pedagogical strategies that could be implemented in the high school classrooms.

Terrapin Teachers would like to give a very special thank you to all of the speakers who presented during the four-day workshop.  Listed below are the names of the speakers.

MMSI Math Speakers
Dr. Wiseley Wong, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Larry Washington, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Kasso Okoudjou, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Frances Gulick, Department of Mathematics
Dr. Denny Gulick, Department of Mathematics

MMSI Science Speakers
Dr. Amitabh Varnesh, CMNS Dean (opening remarks)
Dr. Najib El-Sayed, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Dr. Carlos Machado, Department of Biology
Dr. Philip DeShong, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Todd Cooke, Department of Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics
Dr. Cerruti Hooks, Department of Entomology
Dr. Arthur N. Popper, Department of Biology
Dr. Tim Canty, Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
Dr. Ross Salawitch, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Terrapin Teachers Student Ambassadors

Photo credit: Jahaira Dixon   (left to right: Lauren Shephard, Lekha Tantry, Jonathan Mevs, and   Jemies   Saratis)

Photo credit: Jahaira Dixon

(left to right: Lauren Shephard, Lekha Tantry, Jonathan Mevs, and Jemies Saratis)

The Terrapin Teachers Student Ambassador Program is a yearlong internship, which offers students the opportunity to become more involved in the recruiting efforts of the program.  Ambassadors are expected to represent Terrapin Teachers at outreach events (First Look Fair, Maryland Day, orientations, etc.), assist with the logistical details for recruitment events, provide support for social media sites, distribute flyers and other promotional materials, and serve as a confident leader and role model for new Terrapin Teachers students.

For students to qualify for the Student Ambassador Program, they must first complete TLPL 101.  They must also: maintain a 2.75 GPA; have knowledge of the Terrapin Teachers initiative; and demonstrate excellent communication skills, dependability, tolerance, maturity, and professionalism.

The student ambassador program is co-led by Dr. Anisha Campbell, Associate Director of Terrapin Teachers and Jahaira Dixon, Program Management Specialist.  Listed below are the names, majors, and classifications for the students who served as the Terrapin Teachers Student Ambassadors during the spring 2018 semester.

(left to right: Lauren Shephard, Lekha Tantry, Jonathan Mevs, and   Jemies   Saratis)

(left to right: Lauren Shephard, Lekha Tantry, Jonathan Mevs, and Jemies Saratis)

Lauren Shepard- sophomore, geology
Lekha Tantry - junior, mathematics and secondary math education

Jonathan Mevs - senior, computer science
Jemies Saratis- freshman, secondary math Education

2018 UTeach Conference

photo credit: Danielle Davis (left to right:  front row; Anita Sanyal, second row; Julie Brenner, Kayla White, Precious Azike, Jahaira Dixon, third row; Steve Karig, Joshua Pooranmal, back row; Anisha Campbell, Sarah Henson-Darko, Tara Tanasavich, Vanessa Wagener)

photo credit: Danielle Davis
(left to right:  front row; Anita Sanyal, second row; Julie Brenner, Kayla White, Precious Azike, Jahaira Dixon, third row; Steve Karig, Joshua Pooranmal, back row; Anisha Campbell, Sarah Henson-Darko, Tara Tanasavich, Vanessa Wagener)

A large contingent from Terrapin Teachers attended the 2018 UTeach Conference that was held in Austin, Texas from May 22 to 24.  Representatives from 46 UTeach programs around the country met and shared ideas and lessons learned from implementing the UTeach model.

Our Terrapin Teachers staff and Master Teachers were invited to lead several sessions at the conference:

  • “Shared Master Teacher Model”, Dr. Anisha Campbell and Julie Brenner
  • “Integrating Computer Science in The UTeach Curriculum”, Justin Cannady (UTeach Institute), Lee Meadows (UAB Teach), and Julie Brenner (Terrapin Teachers)
  • “Continuing Courageous Conversations: A Model For Social Justice in Early Fieldwork Courses”, Dr. Anita Sanyal, Sarah Henson-Darko, Steven Karig, and Kayla White

Terrapin Teachers undergraduates participated in the conference by presenting in the student poster session.  Listed below are the students and the titles of their presentations:

  • “Developing Critical Perspectives in Step 2: Maintaining an Open Disposition While Shifting from Student to Teacher”, Precious Azike and Joshua Pooranmal
  • “Creating A Learning Community in An Undergraduate Math Class”, Tara Tanasovich and Vanessa Wagener
(photo credit: Jahaira Dixon)   (left to right: Tara Tanasavich,   Precious Azike, Joshua Pooranmal, Vanessa Wagener)

(photo credit: Jahaira Dixon)
(left to right: Tara Tanasavich, Precious Azike, Joshua Pooranmal, Vanessa Wagener)

Overall, the University of Maryland, College Park was well represented as each student did an outstanding job during their presentations.  Precious Azike and Joshua Pooranmal walked away as the winners of the 2018 UTeach Conference Poster Session in Course Exposition.

(photo credit: Jahaira Dixon) (left to right:  Precious Azike, Joshua Pooranmal)

(photo credit: Jahaira Dixon)
(left to right:
Precious Azike, Joshua Pooranmal)

Maryland Day 2018

Photo Credit: Jahaira Dixon

(left to right: Harrison Schatz, Young Chang, Jemies Saratis, Andrea Dai, and Victoria Cockcroft)

Terrapin Teachers participated in the university-sponsored event held on April 28, 2018.  Students shared “real-life” experiences about teaching with parents and prospective UM students who expressed an interest in teaching.  The day was filled with fun and laughter.  There was a line of students and parents wrapped around our tent who were interested in winning Terrapin Teachers swag.  To spin the “Wheel of Goodies,” participants had to answer math or science-based questions correctly.  The level of difficulty increased based on the participants' level of education.  Winners walked away with Terrapin Teachers swag that included t-shirts, water bottles, notebooks, stickers, pens, and drawstring bags.

2018 UTeach Conference Poster Winners!

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Congratulations to Precious Azike and Joshua Pooranmal for winning the 2018 UTeach Conference Poster Session. The title of their poster was “Developing Critical Perspectives in Step 2: Maintaining an Open Disposition While Shifting from Student to Teacher.”

Hannah McIlvried’s Reflection on Paid Internship Experience

During the spring 2017 semester, Terrapin Teachers, in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), piloted a paid internship initiative. Interns from the College of Education's Master's Certification (MCERT) program were hired to fulfill one long-term substitute position. During the spring semester, Elyse Sauer and Hannah McIlvried were placed at Northwood High School. They co-taught Algebra I and Algebra II honors courses.

Terrapin Teachers was able to talk with Hannah McIlvried (now Mrs. Hannah Coleman), about her internship experience and how it prepared her for her current position at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Hannah teaches Algebra I and Related Math to primarily English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and Honors Algebra II.  

Terrapin Teachers’ Spotlight: Jennifer Hill

Terrapin Teachers offers options for undergraduates to begin their certification pathways at different entry points in their college careers. Although most undergraduates enter Terrapin Teachers as freshmen and sophomores, we also get transfer students from community colleges who enter Terrapin Teachers as juniors. These students can share valuable experiences as they transition from a community college to a four-year institution. In this newsletter, we take pride in featuring Jennifer Hill, a transfer student from Montgomery College (MC), who provides an inside look at her journey through the undergraduate secondary education pathway.

What is your classification and major?

I am a transfer student from Montgomery Community College. I enrolled at the University of Maryland (UMD) the first semester of my junior year. I am now a senior math (CMNS) and secondary mathematics education (COE) major.

Describe your undergraduate experiences since you transferred to UMD and joined Terrapin Teachers.

My undergraduate experiences at UMD have been a huge eye-opener. Coming from a community college, I felt very intimidated. All the students already knew each other and their instructors, and so I felt like I was at a disadvantage.

On my first day of class, walking into EDCI 488P (Project-Based Instruction), one of the instructors was at the door and as I walked in she said, “Are you, Jennifer?” I was caught by surprise and responded “yes,” and then she introduced herself to me. At that moment, I immediately felt welcomed. I knew she looked at the class roster and saw my name and picture, but I appreciated that she took the time to know her students. I knew right then that Terrapin Teachers would be a great place for me.

My overall experiences have been challenging. Being a double major in math and education is no joke. When I was in high school, and even at my community college, math came very easily to me, but at UMD it was a huge challenge. There were times when I doubted my ability to be a math teacher and thought about changing paths, but the Terrapin Teachers classes made me confident not only in being a teacher, but in being a math teacher. I’ve met some really amazing people in the Terrapin Teachers program and had great experiences in the Terrapin Teachers classroom. I have learned a lot about the kind of teacher I want to be, and I appreciate Terrapin Teachers so much for getting me closer to becoming a teacher.

What are your biggest takeaways from your Classroom Interactions course (EDCI 488A) which begins your year-long internship in the field?

My biggest takeaway from this course is that it’s okay to make mistakes. Being a teacher involves revising and modifying lessons. Not all the lessons you create are going to go as planned, and that is okay. The best way to deal with a mistake is owning up to it and learning from it. Teachers are human too, and I have my instructor to thank for reminding me of that.

Talk about your classroom experiences. Which had the greatest impact on how you think about teaching?       

The classroom experience that has had the greatest impact on me is Classroom Interactions. This course begins the year-long internship. In the fall, I was at a high school once a week. As part of the field experiences, I taught two full lessons that I created and took the lead for one of the classes my mentor (public school teacher) was teaching. These experiences have made me not only excited about teaching, but set in my heart that this is what I want to do. I want to change the world and what better way to do it than to teach.

And the award goes to......

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On December 14, 2016, the Terrapin Teachers program was the recipient of the “Make a Difference” award from the Office of Community Engagement.  The purpose of the award is to recognize those who have helped the Office of Community Engagement achieve its goals to connect the University with the wider and diverse surrounding community.  It is bestowed to community partners, supporters, and University departments, units, faculty, staff, and students.  The Terrapin Teachers program was awarded for our commitment to connecting the program with many of the school in Prince George's County as we continue to strive for academic excellence in our surrounding schools. 

2016 UTeach Conference, May 24th to 26th

In May 20106, representatives from Terrapin Teachers, three master teachers, two students, our co-director, and and an advisor from the College of Education, represented the University of Maryland at the 10th Annual UTeach Conference in Austin, Texas.  While there, the team had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with faculty and students from universities all over the country.  One exciting highlight for us was the showcasing of our Terrapin Teachers undergraduates in the undergraduate poster session.  Neha Soni and Pamela Tarectecan each presented posters based on work they did as a part of a research experience and inquiry into teaching respectively.  Neha’s poster, “Do Sex Steroid Hormone Levels Vary by Obesity among U.S. Adolescent Males?” reported on statistically significant associations found between sex steroid hormone levels and obesity.  Pamela’s poster, “A Close Look at Student Learning in Step 2: Analyzing Evidence of Student Thinking in Middle School Science” presented on how middle school students’ ideas about genetics, elicited during a Step 2 lesson, informed the design of follow-up lesson. Both Pamela and Neha really stood out for the content and quality of their posters, their knowledge, enthusiasm, and confidence. 

Another exciting highlight was the presentation conducted by our three outstanding master teachers, Dr. Catherine VanNetta, Dr. Anita Sanyal, and Sarah Henson-Darko.  As a team, they did a series of two presentations, one intended for undergraduate students and the other for course instructors.  The first presentation, “'Talk moves’: Facilitating productive discussions in K12 classrooms,” engaged undergraduate students by analyzing videotaped class discussions focusing on the teacher’s “talk moves.”  The second presentation, “Using video of classrooms to interpret learning and teaching” presented how we use classroom video to engage undergraduates in close analysis of classrooms in Terrapin Teachers.  Both sessions were extremely well attended (standing room only in the first) and received rave reviews in the conference feedback.  

2016 Maryland Mathematics and Science Institute (MMSI)

The University of Maryland (UMD) was pleased to host the sixth Maryland Mathematics and Science Institute (MMSI). This week-long summer continuing education course for PDS mathematics and science teachers serving grades 9–12 was co-hosted by the Department of Mathematics, theTerrapin Teachers program, and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

Participants engaged in authentic science and math learning through interactions with UMD researchers and hands-on activities grounded in NGSS and Common Core content standards and standards for practice.

Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr. delivered the keynote presentation. Dr. Gates is a Distinguished University Professor in the UMD Department of Physics and serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.