Mary McMahon, North Central College associate professor of mathematics and mathematics education coordinator, presented at the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) Teacher Induction Academy at Dominican University April 19.
McMahon was a co-facilitator of the topic, “Mathematical Modeling: What Is It? Why Does It Matter?” Math modeling centers on students’ application of math concepts and procedures to solve genuine, real-world problems. In her presentation that focused on elementary and middle school, McMahon gave examples of problem situations from algebra and geometry contexts that can be used to motivate math modeling and suggested ways to integrate math modeling into classroom instruction.
ACI’s Teacher Induction Academy helps new and experienced teachers working in high-need schools to be successful the first day they enter the classroom. The academy explores a variety of topics and offers tracks that are geared to teachers’ needs at varying points in their careers. Instruction includes small group mentoring, workshops and panel discussions.
McMahon has been on the faculty at North Central since 1986. She received her B.A. from St. John’s University and her M.S. from Queens College of the City University of New York.