Monterey Bay Area Mathematics Project (MBAMP) Special Project
for future math teachers
- successful completion of CaT1 by end of fall 2017
- interest in mathematics teaching and learning
- enroll for 2 units
- available Mondays, 5:20-6:55 pm
In ths Cal Teach: Special Project you will work with a group of Cal Teach interns to learn about math games, how to teach them, and how to use them in the classroom. Along with learning math games you will be working on a group project. A few examples from past years:
· The Spring 2017 team produced and presented in the Monterey Bay Area Mathematics Projects (MBAMP) 2017 Spring Conference on math games.
· Spring 2016 team produced and attended the Monterey Bay Area Mathematics Projects (MBAMP) 2016 Spring Conference on Children’s Mathematical Thinking.
· Spring 2015 designed and presented their own original mathematical games.Torequest a spot in the class, complete the attached Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course and turn it in to Cal Teach ASAP.
If you want to know more, email the instructor, Judith Montgomery in the MathematicsDepartment (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you can check out the website of the teacher professional development project that Judith runs, MBAMP (mbamp.ucsc.edu).
If you are already planning to participate in CaT2 (also 2 units), be aware that you may participate in both courses simultaneously — if you have time in your schedule. If you think you can only do one, and aren’t sure which is the best choice for you, feel free to come by to talk with the Cal Teach staff about your decision.
The Cal Teach Special Project is an individual studies (independent study) project to work with K-12 students on science or math topics, ideally, involving inquiry-based learning. The type of placement is very open: interns may work with students who are pulled out of their regular class (for remedial or advanced support); interns may work with clubs or enrichment programs at a school or other educational setting. Some background reading and short writing assignments are expected, but the main emphasis is the internship experience.
What is expected of Special Project interns?
Special Projects interns must:
- have successfully completed the CaT1 internship
- have a project idea or interest in an available Cal Teach project (see available projects).
- be able to commit 3-9 hrs/week to the project (to receive 1, 2, or 3 units of UCSC credit)
- recruit a Cal Teach sponsor (typically the Director or Internship Coordinator)
- read appropriate background materials and submit short written assignments, negotiated with the Cal Teach sponsor
- Be an enrolled UCSC undergraduate with significant math, science, or engineering background
What are the benefits of doing a Special Project?
Special Projects interns will:
- gain instructional experience with children in informal or non-traditional educational settings (usually)
- experience the satisfaction of supporting science or math learners
- be supervised on site by a credentialed teacher or experienced education professional
- have flexibility to develop a unique, creative project
- receive 1, 2, or 3 units of credit (for a project involving 3, 6, or 9 hours each week).
- receive a transportation stipend if the placement is more than 10 miles from UCSC
- be reimbursed for required fingerprinting and TB testing
- receive a scholarship, ONLY if one is available for the specific project
How to sign up for a Special Project?
You should begin this process at least two weeks before the end of the preceding academic quarter!
- Step 1: Identify an internship project you would like to do and determine whether your schedule would support such a project. Review the Petition for Undergraduate Individual Studies Course form.
- Step 2: Email or schedule a meeting with your proposed project sponsor to discuss your ideas. Send or bring the Individual Studies form, your most recent Course History or unofficial transcripts, and your plan of classes for the quarter you want to do the internship.
- Step 2a: Complete any follow up research or planning to get the project ready to start.
- Step 3: In collaboration with the project sponsor, complete the Individual Study Course Form. Get the Class Number and a Permission Code from the project sponsor to enroll.
- Step 4: Submit the signed Petition form to Cal Teach and enroll. Cal Teach will forward the form to the Education Department for additional signatures there, give you a copy, and keep a copy.
You can send any paper copies to the Cal Teach office via email, fax, hand delivery, or mail:
Cal Teach Drop Box JBEB 157B
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