Hey Charlotte Research Scholars! This is the first
time I have ever blogged.:)

My name is Crysti. I pursuing a degree in Elementary
Education. I only have a year and a half left before I graduate. The title for
my research project is called "Making Meaning of Place Value in Early
Elementary Mathematics: Methods and Research Synthesis". My mentor is Dr.
Sheets.

We are now in our third week in the Scholars Program.
It has been three great weeks! The first and second week I read a book called
"Adding it Up: Helping Children Understand Mathematics". I have
learned so many things from this book! Every elementary teacher needs to read
it. Along with reading the book, I have also written a chapter summary for each
chapter read, synthesizing the information within the chapter. I have read
three research articles and am in the process of writing a summary for each
article. I have also reviewed two websites and written a summary of what I
learned from the websites. Below is the itinerary for the rest of my research
project.

I. Complete summaries of research articles, book
chapters, websites, and videos

II. Creating an instructional model for place value

III. Designing a task-based interview protocol for six
to eight year-old children

IV. Conduct the Interview

V. Analyze and report the finding of the interview

VI. Create a power point synthesizing my literature
review and my instructional model

VII. Begin preparing for a presentation at the 42nd
annual meeting of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics to be
held in October of 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I am so thankful for this opportunity to participate
in this research project and work with my mentor Dr. Sheets. I have already
learned so much about teaching children mathematics - and there is still 5 more
weeks left! Due to this research project, I am considering going to Graduate
School. As intimidating and complex as research is, I really do enjoy it. I have
always been one to ask questions and dig to find answers. I love learning. I
look forward to the 5 weeks we have left and the opportunities that come from
participating in this research project.

-- Crysti Wolterman

As a math teacher it requires a broad analysis on math problem and their equations in order to get the right solutions. Memorize formulas and find absolute techniques in order to get the right answer.

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