
06170359
j
2013c.00143
PunchesGuntsch, Christina M.
Kenney, Erin N.
Fielding an afterschool mathematics lab.
Math. Teach. (Reston) 106, No. 2, 126131 (2012).
2012
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
B64
C64
mathematics achievement
enrichment
enrichment activities
urban schools
after school education
after school programs
laboratories
mathematics teachers
secondary school mathematics
curriculum
extracurricular activities
high schools
doi:10.5951/mathteacher.106.2.0126
http://www.nctm.org/publications/article.aspx?id=33955
Summary: Many students will need remedial work in mathematics during their high school years. Some sort of help will be needed to fulfill the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) vision of a mathematics classroom that involves students having access to mathematically rich problems and being engaged in solving them. The high school where these authors taught is located in a large urban school district in Kentucky. The school's enrollment is 958 students, of whom 70 percent qualify for free or reducedcost lunches. For the past three years, the authors have been involved in the development of an afterschool remediation and enrichment program for high school students that they call the Mathematics Lab. The conception for the Mathematics Lab  five oneandahalf hour afterschool sessions that run from October through March  grew out of an idea proposed by the school's mathematics resource teacher. It has since become a collaborative program; teachers work together to design and implement the program and to recruit students. The program's goals are to intervene with students who are struggling to pass state mathematics assessments and to build a community of students excited about mathematics. For the program to be successful, students must be excited about participating in the labs and spending time learning after school. This article will describe the Mathematics Lab's structure, the implementation process, and how student achievement data are used to inform development. (ERIC)