Ann Arbor News, April 23, 1959
EXPLAINS MATH PROBLEM: Miss Hazel Rich (right), a mathematics teacher at Tappan Junior High School, explains an algebra problem to Kit Markham, a ninth grader at the school. Miss Rich has taught here for 32 years.
Ann Arbor News, May 3, 1949
TEACHER WILL BE HONORED: Mrs. Mary D. Mitchell (right) of East Ann Arbor is pictured above at the job she has done for 30 years - teaching youngsters. Mrs. Mitchell, who teaches third and fourth grade pupils at School No. 1, Pittsfield School District No. 9, will be honored for her 30 years in the teaching profession by the PTA and the Parents' Group of the two Pittsfield District schools at a 7 o'clock banquet Thursday night in the First Methodist Church. She has taught at School No. 1 since 1930. Shown with her are (left to right) Garland J. Cobb, Rosedale Ave., a third grader; Mary Jane Godfrey, Platt Rd., who is in the fourth grade; and Alice May Nodine, Springbrook Ave., a third grader, who watch Jerry J. Orr, Springbrook Ave., as he does a division problem under Mrs. Mitchell's guidance.
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:34am
For decades schools have struggled with how to teach and increase the learning of mathematics in children. It has been the focus of multiple federal programs and funding agency (NSF, NIH, IES, Gates Foundation) initiatives. Even with all of this focus and research dollars, we see very few changes in children increasing their ability in mathematics especially in foundational skills like fractions.
At this event Pam Davis-Kean, Professor of Psychology at the Institute for Social Research, reviewed her research over the last few years trying to understand the developmental pathways of math achievement. She explored both individual characteristics (self-concept) and contextual influences (parenting, socioeconomic status) that may relate to the early development of math skills. Throughout the talk, the issue of whether or not counting is an important skill as children enter into schooling was discussed, as well as how math skills prior to formal schooling predict college attendance.
About Dr. Pam Davis-Kean:
Mehrene Larudee, Ann Arbor High School student and winner of Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition, February 1964
Ann Arbor News, February 1, 1964