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April 2008

Release Date: April 22, 2008

ASU Professors, SAISD Teachers Team up for Reading and Math Projects

Students from the Angelo State University College of Education will conduct a Reading and Math Project (RAMP) session Friday, April 25, at Santa Rita Elementary School.

Dr. Judith Hakes and Dr. Marilyn Eisenwine of the Department of Teacher Education and Dr. Nancy Hadley and Dr. Mary McGlamery from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, instigated the project with Sandra Pedersen, fourth grade teacher at Santa Rita, and three ASU reading practicum students.

The session will begin with activities in the classroom and will culminate at noon in Santa Rita Park with a meal and activities.

The RAMP concept is to build on students’ subject strengths and is designed to diminish subject area weaknesses, according to Hadley. The project utilizes strong math or reading skills to fortify weak skills in those areas, thereby strengthening both. Researchers in reading and math education have found that students who read literature with math embedded were able to comprehend more formal concepts of math. Conversely, students with good math skills gained a new appreciation for literature.

Other RAMP projects include “stick-horse math,” which uses the history of Ft. Concho with third grade students and teachers from Ft. Concho Elementary, and mathography, which incorporates math and writing into an autobiographical sketch of the student. The mathography concept was piloted by fourth grade teachers from Belaire Elementary and Grape Creek Elementary.

Hakes and Eisenwine will present a report on their work at the International Reading Association conference in Atlanta, Ga., May 4-8. The conference is attended by 20,000 educators and only 25 percent of proposed presentations are accepted for sessions.