Green Street Hosts “Math on the Move” Workshop for Area Teachers

On Oct. 16, the Green Street Arts Center hosted a "Math on the Move" workshop for area math teachers. "Math on the Move" was a follow-up workshop for K-8 teachers who participated in the 2014 PIMMS Intel Math Summer Institute. The Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers, supported by the Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership grant of $158,483.

On Oct. 16, the Green Street Arts Center hosted a “Math on the Move” workshop for area math teachers. “Math on the Move” was a follow-up workshop for K-8 teachers who participated in the 2014 PIMMS Intel Math Summer Institute. The Project to Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS), a partner of the Green Street Arts Center, developed the course for Middletown and Meriden teachers, supported by the Connecticut State Mathematics and Science Partnership grant of $158,483.

The workshop provided teachers a toolbox of movement strategies that they can teach in their own classrooms, including ways to help energize students, help students concentrate, and ways to refocus students after transitions or disruptions. Teachers left with a workbook of review items and space to create their own integrated lessons and a music playlist.

The workshop provided teachers a toolbox of movement strategies that they can teach in their own classrooms, including ways to help energize students, help students concentrate, and ways to refocus students after transitions or disruptions. Teachers left with a workbook of review items and space to create their own integrated lessons and a music playlist.

As part of the program, last summer, the teachers took an intensive math course to deepen their understanding of the content they teach their students and the interconnections between the topics. Every teacher reported an increase in their confidence teaching math and showed an increased understanding of the content at the end of the summer class.

As part of the program, the teachers took an intensive math course to deepen their understanding of the content they teach their students and the interconnections between the topics. Every teacher reported an increase in their confidence teaching math and showed an increased understanding of the content at the end of the summer class.

The PIMMS Intel Math Institute exemplifies the PIMMS and Green Street Arts Center partnership and its dedication to the value of integrating arts into math and science. The "Math on the Move" workshop is the first product of the arts integration partnership and may be offered at other school districts throughout the state. Chris Rasmussen, assistant professor of mathematics at Wesleyan, and teaching artist Kim Thibodeau co-taught the workshop.

The PIMMS Intel Math Institute exemplifies the PIMMS and Green Street Arts Center partnership and its dedication to the value of integrating arts into math and science. The “Math on the Move” workshop is the first product of the arts integration partnership and may be offered at other school districts throughout the state.

View a series of “Math on the Move” workshop videos online here. Learn more about the PIMMS Intel Math Institute here.