Minutes 4.6.17

Congratulations to the new exec board for the 2017-18 year!

 

Some notes:

  • Coming up next week, there is a presentation by Truman alum Brittany Beck, who is currently teaching science in NYC. The presentation will be next Thursday, April 13, at 7:00pm in VH 1320. Afterward, anyone is welcome to join Brittany and the STEM folks for dinner (bring money if you want to go to dinner).
  • A new required graduate literacy course is being added – this will affect students who are currently in the MAE and are taking/have taken STEM 608.
  • Check your academic plans to make sure prerequisites are being met! If you have any questions, contact Dr. Pareja: epareja@truman.edu.

Minutes 4.24.16

Congratulations to our new exec board!

 

President: Melinda Mathews
Vice President: Lauren Dierkes
Secretary: Amanda Claywell

 

I would also like to congratulate and welcome our new faculty advisor, Dr. Enrique Pareja!  We will miss Dr. Scheurer (Dr. LaGrassa), and we are so grateful for the work she has put into this organization over the years.

 

Have a great summer, and I hope to see you in the fall!

Minutes 2.21.16

Fun problem: What is the next number in the sequence: 1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, 312211 ?

MAE Requirements

Some of the required experiences to get into the MAE include tutoring, grading, substitute teaching, attending professional conferences, and working with kids over the summer. You must have some of these experiences to get into the MAE, and all of these if you are applying for a full-year teacher-of-record internship.

See masse.truman.edu/resources for more information.

Don’t forget to visit Dr. LaGrassa (math) or Dr. Pareja (science) with your academic plans at least once a year and preferably once a semester. They will help you stay on track to apply for the MAE.

Registration
  • If you need an override for a science course or a math/stat/cs course, go to the department office for that subject area.
  • Make sure you get cleared for registration by your faculty advisor.
  • Talk to Ms. Berkowitz in the education department before enrolling in ED 388 or 393/394. She will need to have your academic plan on file before you can enroll in these classes.

If you have a question about any of these topics, feel free to contact one of the following people:


Our 
next meeting is the teacher panel meeting, and it will be Sunday, March 20 at 6:00 pm in VH 1148.

Minutes 1.31.16

Welcome back to the spring semester!
Here are some events for this semester:
 
Science Olympiad: Saturday, Feb. 13. Contact Dr. Lamp (blamp@truman.edu) if you would like to help.
 
Elementary/Middle School Math Contest: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8:00-12:30 in Violette Hall. Contact Dr. Garth (dgarth@truman.edu) with questions or sign up to help here.

Competitions like these are something that would be very beneficial for prospective teachers to observe. Even if you aren’t helping with a competition, feel free to stop by and see how the event runs!

Meetings for the rest of the semester:
  • February 21: Questions and information about the MAE, registration, and capstones
  • March 20: Teacher panel
  • April 24: Elections for the 2016-17 school year
We also heard from people who went to various education conferences this winter. While the information presented at conference sessions is useful, the networking that can take place at conferences is also very valuable. Consider attending a conference next year if you haven’t already!

As always, feel free to contact any of the officers if you have questions or suggestions.
President: Katharine Siemer, krs1284@truman.edu
Vice President: Jeff Ciskowski, jdc1435@truman.edu
Secretary/Webmaster: Melinda Mathews, mkm5563@truman.edu.

Minutes 11.15.15

The teacher panel was a success! We heard some wonderful wisdom and advice from four local math and science teachers. If you would like to contact one of them with a question, email Katharine (kms1284@truman.edu), and she can give you their email.
 
The November meeting was the last meeting of the semester. If we don’t see you at a conference, we’ll meet again after winter break!
 
Conferences:
 
If you are planning to attend either the MCTM or the NSTA conference in Decemberplease fill out the corresponding document. This will help us coordinate rides and such for the people who are going. 
The registration deadlines are getting very close, so don’t forget to register if you are planning to go!
  • MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference is Dec. 4-5 in Columbia, MO. Register and find more information here.
    • Registration is $20 for students before Nov. 20 (It goes up to $30 after Nov. 20).
  • NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) regional conference is Dec. 3-5 in Kansas City, MO.  More information can be found here.
    • The early registration deadlines have passed for this conference, so it will be more pricey. As of right now, we don’t know of anyone from MASSE who is going. Please fill out the doc if you would like to attend, though!

To be admitted into the MAE program, it is recommended that you attend a professional conference. These are a great opportunity to learn more about education in your field and get ideas for your classroom.

Have a great Thanksgiving break!

Minutes 10.11.15

MASSE events for the rest of the semester:
  • High School Math Contest: Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: MASSE volunteers are needed to help proctor and grade. This is a great experience to have if you want to be a high school math teacher.
  • Math and Science Night at Ray Miller Elementary: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-7 pm
    • If you are interested in helping out with either of the above events (and haven’t already signed up), please contact president Katharine Siemer (krs1284@truman.edu).
  • Bowling night with SPS in November – watch for later updates on this event!
  • Be on the lookout for a movie night with the movie Stand and Deliver. There is a
    possibility that this will be sponsored by the School of Math and Science.
Conferences:
  • MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference is Dec. 4-5 in
    Columbia, MO. More information can be found here

    • Registration is $20 for students before Nov. 20 (It goes up to $30 after Nov. 20).
  • NSTM (National Science Teachers Association) regional conference is Dec. 3-5 in
    Kansas City, MO. More information can be found here.

    • Registration is $35 for students Saturday only, $65 either Thurs. or Fri. only, and $90 for the whole weekend if you register before Oct. 26. (Again, the price goes up the longer you wait to register.)

To get into the MAE program, it is recommended that you attend a professional
conference. These are a great opportunity to learn more about education in your field and get ideas for your classroom. Plan to register before these deadlines if you would like to go! At the next meeting, we will talk about carpooling with the MASSE members who will be going to the conferences.

MAE Requirements

Some of the required experiences to get into the MAE include tutoring, grading, substitute teaching, attending professional conferences, and working with kids over the summer. You must have some of these experiences to get into the MAE, and all of these if you are
applying for a full-year teacher-of-record internship.

Don’t forget to visit Dr. LaGrassa (math) or Dr. Pareja (science) with your academic plans at least once a year and preferably once a semester. They will help you stay on track to apply for the MAE.

We also discussed capstones. Capstones are a research-based project required for
graduation that students usually complete during their senior year. The requirements vary greatly by major, so feel free to talk to your advisor if you have any questions!

 
Registration, a couple of notes:
  • If you need an override for a science course or a math/stat/cs course, go to the
    department office for that subject area. They will direct you to the right form you need to fill out. (Go to the department office, not the professor!)
  • Make sure you get cleared for registration by your faculty advisor.
  • Talk to Ms. Berkowitz in the education department before enrolling in ED 388 or 393/394. She will need to have your academic plan on file before you can enroll in these classes.

If you have a question about any of these topics, feel free to contact one of the following people:

Our next meeting is Sunday, November 15 at 6:00 pm in VH 1140. It will be the teacher panel meeting, which is always very informative.

Have a good midterm break!

Minutes 9.13.15

Welcome to MASSE 2015-16!
This year’s officers are:
President: Katharine Siemer, krs1284@truman.edu
Vice President: Jeff Ciskowski, jdc1435@truman.edu
Secretary/Webmaster: Melinda Mathews, mkm5563@truman.edu.
Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions or suggestions.

We now have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MASSETSU. This is another way to stay updated and get announcements about MASSE news and events.

 *Everyone needs to attend at least one meeting to be an active member of MASSE. If you came on Sunday, congratulations! If not, you need to attend the October meeting if you would like to be included on the MASSE roster for the fall semester.

Future meetings and topics:  *Meetings are at 6:00 pm in VH 1140*
  • October 11: MAE requirements, capstones, conferences, and registration
  • November 15: Teacher panel
Events for the semester:
  • Science on Saturday: Oct. 24 – More information on this at our next meeting.
  • Math and Science Night at Ray Miller Elementary: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6-7 pm
  • Possible bowling and/or movie night: TBD
Conferences:
  • NSTM (National Science Teachers Association) regional conference is Dec. 3-5
    in Kansas City, MO. More information can be found here.
  • MCTM (Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics) conference is Dec. 4-5
    in Columbia, MO.  More information can be found here.

Attending at least one professional conference is a requirement for admission into the MAE program, and these are a great opportunity to learn more about education in your field and get ideas for your classroom. MASSE will work on getting a group together to go to each of these conferences.

An important note: If you are planning to apply to the MAE this year (fall or spring), please email Dr. LaGrassa, lagrassa@truman.edu (math), or Dr. Pareja,
epareja@truman.edu (science). They need to know how many people will be applying. Also, if you haven’t yet visited one of them to go over your academic plan, you should do so at least once a year.

 

If you are a freshman or new student considering math or science education, contact Joe Milliano at jmm2752@truman.edu about the new Education Peer Mentor program.

 

We also received information about the following: 
  • Math tutoring opportunity through MACC in Kirksville: $8.00/hour, contact Artie Fowler for more information at 660-665-0345.
  • Math tutoring opportunity for an upper-level student: Tutoring a middle school-aged son of a faculty member, once a week after school. Contact Dr. LaGrassa
    at lagrassa@truman.edu.
  • Math tutoring/grading opportunity: Tutoring or grading Math 200 for scholarship hours in the spring. You must have received an A or B in Math 200 and have
    completed Linear Algebra. Contact Dr. Garth at dgarth@truman.edu.
  • The Noyce Scholars program offers generous scholarships to students who plan to teach both math and physics. Students double major in math and physics and get certified to teach both. Contact John Nash at jnash@truman.edu or visit http://noyce.truman.edu for more information.
  • Society of Physics Students (SPS) meets every other Thursday at 6:00 pm in MG 1000. Their next meeting is this Thursday, Sept. 17.

We look forward to the continued collaboration of math and science students throughout the rest of the semester. Have a great next few weeks!