students from all over southern Illinois packed a tiny classroom at Kaskaskia
College’s Nashville Education Center for the Math 170: Math for Elementary
School Teachers class this summer.
students, from as far away as Pittsfield, Vandalia, and Granite City are all
training to become elementary or middle school teachers, and need the class as
part of their curricula. They chose to
attend the class in Nashville because of availability, low cost, and the
quality of instruction provided by Beth Boester, an adjunct Mathematics
instructor for KC.
takes me two hours to get here,” said Kayla Smith of Pittsfield, “but it is
worth it because not very many schools offer this course over the summer and KC
charges the lowest tuition of any of them.”
students also expressed their appreciation of the comprehensive style of the
class, which features not only instruction in Mathematics, but also Math in
literature and hands-on projects designed to help them engage with their future
pupils and teach in a way that is fun and engaging.
recent project they completed was the creation of games that teach fundamentals
like addition, subtraction, percentages, Roman numerals and place values of
larger numbers using blocks, cards, beads and other aids to make the learning
are fun projects, but they also meet common core standards for teaching,” Beth
Boester said. She conducts the class as
a hybrid, with 5 weeks of face to face class times augmented by lessons and
tutorials available to the students online.
“The online content allows us to prepare for our class meetings, so that
when we meet we can collaborate on ideas, help each other work through
problems, and keep up the enthusiasm for becoming great teachers.”
the class setting is not ideal with the twelve students and Mrs. Boester
shoehorned into a tiny classroom, it does show the real need for space that is
behind the campaign to expand the Nashville Education Center. While the fundraising campaign is expected to
kickoff later this year, Kaskaskia College is already moving forward on the
design of the new Center, which will be be located on IL Rt. 127 just north of
the City of Nashville. This expanded Washington
County facility is expected to allow for a much greater offering of training
and educational programming than what is currently available in the small space
the Center currently occupies.
more information on the Nashville Education Center, please contact the
Director, Ruth Barczewski, at 618-327-9136 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.