Operation Classroom Mathematics Workshop 2006

The Mathematics Workshop took place from July 24-July 28. Thirty-seven teachers including 17 participants from the 2005 workshop participated. Hope Law and Dave Figi, both retired mathematics teachers with over thirty-six years of experience each led the workshop. Curriculum again stressed practical activites in trigonometry, geometry, algebra and statistics. The teachers in the workshop worked very hard and made good use of the resource materials. Resources included new geometry texts, geometry construction tools, resource books for each of the schools that participated in teh 2005 workshop. Hope Law obtained supplies and books from her Denver area schools while Dave Figi's brother Steve arranged donated books from Holt, Rinehart and Winston. In addition school supplies from Sanford Corporation and the Staples store in Janesville, Wisconsin, were donated to the Operation Classroom project.

Above: Mathematics workshop participants. Below left: Hope Law giving directions for the measurement math lab activity. Below right: [L-R] Hope Law, Z. Yao Narcisse Traore a mathematics and French teacher at the UMC schools in Makeni and Dave Figi. Yao is holding a certificate of Completion. Each participant was recognized for their participation and were presented school supplies, books and a certificate.

Left: Daisy Bigby Sankoh of the UMC Secondary School in Makeni labels a carton of books that she received at the workshop. Above: Alhaji Brima Gogra of the UMC Secondary School for Girls in Freetown prepares to leave the workshop on the last day with his load of supplies. Motorcycles are used as 'taxis' in Makeni. Below left: Two math participants Mohamed Kamara [L] of the Northern Polytechnical Institute in Makeni and M. C. Conteh of Makeni. Below right: Sarah Bangura [L] of the FAWG Secondary School in Makeni and Daisy Bigby Sankoh.

The mathematics teachers formed groups and planned and presented math lessons for the workshop. The teachers ate lunch at school and those teachers from outside Makeni were housed at the Northern Polytechnical Institute in Makeni.

Workshop members participated in activities involving measurement and statistics that could be duplicated in their school settings.

Above right: Carol Owen assists workshop participants in a classroom activity.

Left and Right: Teachers gathered statistics by having students of different ages and gender timed in a 40 yard run.

2006 Mathematics Workshop Participants

Below are listed the 2006 Mathematics Workshop teachers .

First Name Last Name School Town
Abdul R Bangura UMC Secondary Makeni
Alfred S Bangura UMC Secondary Makeni
Sarah Bangura FAWG Sec. Makeni
Raymond S. Barzey Yonibana Sec.Sch Yonibana
Emmanuel M Bassie Walter Schultz Rotifunk
Patrick Bindi Baoma Sec. Sch Bo
M.C. Conteh Chrmn Bd of Gov Makeni
Peter Paul Conteh UMC Primary Makeni
John B Fofanah UMC Primary Makeni
Alhaji Brima Gogra UMC Sec.Sch for Girls Freetown
Emanuel Sahr Hinckeley UMC Sec.Sch. Freetown
Benedict Juma John-Simbro Centenary UMC Bo
Sylvanus T. Joseph Jaiama Sec.Sch Kono
Paul Munda Kainesie Agric/Voc Monkanji Hills
Ahmadu B. Kamara UMC Primary Makeni
Mohamed A Kamara Northern PolyTech. Makeni
Phillip L Kamara Centenary UMC Bo
Pino M Kamara UMC Secondary Makeni
Moses B. Kargbo UMC Primary Makeni
Rosetta Nancy Kargbo RTCI Waterloo
John Emmanuel Koroma UMC Primary Makeni
Samuel A Koroma UMC Primary Makeni
Stephen T Kpaker UMC Secondary Makeni
Brima Sprague Mansaary UMC Secondary Makeni
Abu Mansaray UMC Sec.Sch. Makeni
Emmanuel M K Musa Taiama Sec.Sch Taiama
Gibrilla Pratt Ferguson SS Moyamab
Nyakeh Sandy Jaiama Sec.Sch Jaiama
Daisy Digby Sankoh Milton Margai Col. Freetown
Uzziah M.H. Sankoh UMC Primary Makeni
Raymond M. Sannoh Baoma Sec. Sch Bo
Sheku Seisay UMC Sec.Sch Makeni
Rev.Sumaila Sesay Action for Children Makeni
Solomon Keister Thorlie Northern PolyTech. Makeni
Z. Yao Narcisse Traore UMC Sec.Sch. Makeni
Robert M Turay UMC SS Makeni

Uzziah M. H. Sankoh, one of the upper primary teachers at the UMC Primary School in Makeni is shown working on one of the Operation Classroom Mathematics Workshop projects. Each of the workshop teachers worked on a variety of projects that included the following areas of mathematics: The Bumbuna Dam project [ formulas to compute the power genrated from the dam], Sudoku puzzles to generate interest in mental math skills, traditional guessing games used by tribes in Sierra Leone and Liberia that are related to a base 2 number system, box and whisker plots as a way to present statistical data, network theory related to traditional African storytelling and geometric patterns, the quadratic formula and factoring, the Fibonacci number series related to the Golden Ratio, ratio and proportion and scale drawings in geometry, construction prolems from geometry, special short lessons designed to motivsate student interest in mathematics, and navigation problems related to inside and outside activities. In addition, the workshop teachers were divided into groups with each group presenting a sample lesson.

Mathematics Workshop Leaders

Hope Law

Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education from Teikyo-Westmar University in 1965.

Received Masters Degree in Secondary School Administration from University of Northern Colorado in 1978.

Completed course work in an additional 60 hours of graduate work in Mathematics and Cultural Studies beyond the Masters Degree.

Taught Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Commercial classes as an Expatriate Contract Teacher at Harford School for Girls in Moyamba, Sierra Leone from 1965 through 1968.

Taught Applied Mathematics, Algebra I and II, and Geometry, in grades seven through nine for 32 years in Arvada, Colorado, U.S.A. In addition taught Social Studies classes and coached girls sports teams.

Was recognized by her peers as one of the Teachers of the Year (1985) in the State of Colorado and retired as a Master Teacher in the year 2000.

Currently is tutoring students in Math, serving as a Western State University (Colorado) Mentor for new teachers, training substitute teachers for the Jefferson County School District in Colorado, and serving (with her husband) as the Rocky Mountain Coordinator for Operation Classroom (a United Methodist Church program for assisting education in Sierra Leone and Liberia) and serves on the Board of Directors of CITA International (an organization formed to develop and maintain health and education facilities in Sierra Leone).

Dave Figi

Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1965.

Received Masters of Science Degree in Teaching from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1975.

Completed course work in an additional 51 credits of graduate work in Mathematics, Computer Education and Computer Science.

Taught Mathematics and History classes as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Harford School for Girls and the Moyamba Boys School in Moyamba, Sierra Leone from 1965 through 1967.

Taught Mathematics and Algebra I, in grades eight and nine for 15 years at Marshall Junior High School and Algebra I, Algebra II and Computer Science for 22 years at Parker High School in Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.A. In addition coached boys football and basketball sports teams.

Currently is retired from teaching but still coaches sophomore football at Parker High School and compiles track and field statistics for a website that promotes girls track and field in the state of Wisconsin.

Carol Owen