Teachers Attending the Governor's Academy for Urban Educators Explore K'NEX Education Math Sets
During the week of June 25th, 2007, 193 urban Pennsylvania principals and teachers participated in a series of K'NEX Education mathematics workshops as part of the Governor's Academy for Urban Educators. Robert Jesberg, K'NEX education consultant, presented the workshops throughout the six-day program to improve literacy and mathematics instruction in Pennsylvania's urban schools. The Academy is sponsored and presented by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
Participating urban educators were able to attend the Academy for graduate or continuing education credit. Pre-tests identified group needs and helped to direct instruction during the K'NEX mathematics workshops. Class size was large and the participants enjoyed building three-dimensional mathematical shapes out of K'NEX while learning how to use the models to teach symmetry, patterns, and other math based concepts. Further, each school represented at the Academy received K'NEX Education Mathematics Set to bring back to their classes. The educators were thrilled to begin using sets in their classrooms and to provide fun, constructive, and hands-on learning opportunities to their students.
In addition to the K'NEX building sets, the workshops referenced trade books that build on students' understanding of geometry concepts. At the conclusion of the K'NEX Education workshop, many teachers used vouchers to purchase those same books at a teacher supply store set up for the Academy. The books will enable teachers to integrate literacy, listening, and reading skills into the math lessons.
If you would like to learn more about K'NEX Education workshops, please call K'NEX Education at 1-800-ABC-KNEX and visit www.knexeducation.com.