BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University’s Dr. Bob Glasgow, professor of mathematics, Ms. Alex Archer, instructor of mathematics, and Becca Altic, senior mathematics major from Pleasant Hope, recently presented at the Fall Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in Columbia.
The first of Glasgow’s two presentations was titled, “Mad about Mean, Median, Mode and M.A.D.” The session examined the use of visual representations to explore the middle school concepts of mean, median, mode, and mean absolute deviation (M.A.D.).
Glasgow’s second presentation was a joint effort with Carrie Stone (Aurora High School) and Patrick Sullivan (Missouri State University). It was an extension of the MCTM Summer Professional Development Series. This session was designed for teachers who were enrolled in the Empowering Teachers and Students in the Mathematics Classroom summer series for grades 9-12. The session focused on effective methods of teaching probability theory to high school students.
Archer and Altic presented “Delving into Mathematics Anxiety: The Origins, Causes, and Effects on Students K-12.” This presentation provided a discussion on the origins of math anxiety, its influence on students in various grade levels, and the environmental influences that shape students’ opinions regarding math. Research was based on surveys of Missouri students in grades 7-12. The presentation came from research Altic conducted during the summer with Archer in SBU’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.
According to its website, the MCTM is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization dedicated to supporting and improving mathematics teaching and learning at all levels. With a membership of 1,000, the organization has a long history of quality activities and programs. MCTM holds an annual meeting the first weekend of December in Columbia, and offers more than 100 sessions with an attendance of 1,200-1,500 each year.