Some Corning-area teachers have started the school year with more confidence in math thanks to a one-week summer workshop sponsored by the company. Now in its sixth year, the program is helping elementary-school teachers improve their teaching skills – and overcome their fears – when it comes to this crucial subject.
The goal is to make math understandable, interesting, and fun for students so more will confidently pursue STEM education and careers, but also have the necessary strength in math needed for general success.
"There are some teachers who choose to teach elementary education because they are not comfortable with their math and science skills," said Christine G. Sharkey, vice president and director of community development for Corning Enterprises, the community and economic-development arm of Corning. "The workshop is intended to build teachers' confidence in their subject matter."