BGSU’s pre-service teachers have been doing Math Camps in Northwest Ohio, and research has shown its positive impact on students. We feel that it is important to share our ideas with others and spread Math Camp to other areas of the United States, so it can have a greater impact. In May, BGSU students would like to travel to Oklahoma City to hold a math camp for Santa Fe South schools, an urban school with a high poverty rate and highly diverse student population. We have invited pre-service teachers from Oklahoma State University and The University of Oklahoma to train with us and join us in conducting the math camp with the goal of helping other universities start doing math camp in their local schools.
Math Camp is an energetic and active day of team work, problem solving, and skill development.
Students engage in fun-filled experiences about teamwork, problem solving, mathematics, and the connections between mathematics and the real world, all in a camp-like atmosphere where there is song, dance, and silliness. Each math camp is specifically designed by the preservice teachers of the Bowling Green Council of Teachers of Mathematics (BGCTM) with oversight from BGSU’s mathematics education faculty. Aligned with the Common Core and Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics, BGCTM preservice teachers work with each school's liaison to identify specific areas of mathematics need for the students in order to design a worthwhile and focused camp experience.
Below is a video of a math camp held in Napolean:
OKLAHOMA CITY MATH CAMP
28 Bowling Green State University pre-service teachers traveled from Northwest Ohio to Oklahoma City to teach various universities from the area how to enact Math Camp, and then enact one with their new partners at Santa Fe South High School for grades 6-8. Along the way, they stop at the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the OKC Bombing memorial, and more.
BGSU Oklahoma City Trip 2018
Spring 2018 Math Camps!
January 20th: Osborne Elementary School, Sandusky City Schools
February 10th: Napoleon Elementary School, Napoleon Area City Schools
February 24th: Hull Prairie Intermediate School, Perrysburg Schools
March 24th: Bowling Green Middle School, Bowling Green City Schools
March 24th: Imagine Clay Avenue Community School
April 7th: Ottawa Hills Elementary School, Ottawa Hills Local Schools