Faculty Facilitates Math Education for Youth

 Dr. Michael Ortiz and Dr. Patricia Nicosia recently presented mathematics lessons for young students at a statewide conference educators.—Courtesy photo

By Laura Nelson

Engaging young children in mathematics may be a daunting task, but two Sul Ross-Rio Grande College faculty members took on the challenge at the Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) held recently in San Antonio.

Dr. Patricia Nicosia, Chair of Natural & Behavioral Science and Associate Professor of Mathematics and Dr. Michael Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented lessons to a room full of Texas educators. The pair developed “Shapes, Fractions, Games . . . Oh My!” to teach pre-Kindergarten through second grade students fundamentals of shapes and fractions. Each fully-developed lesson plan meets Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) criteria and uses literature, games, and activities that appeal to young learners.

Nicosia said that the material was well received and she enjoys helping teachers reach their students using innovative ways to bring math education into the classroom.