Grant will allow Evergreen teacher to grow lab concept

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Courtney Carpenter a fifth-grade math teacher Courtney Carpenter, a fifth-grade accelerated math teacher at Evergreen Elementary, will purchase new critical-thinking games to support her Inventive Thinking Lab, thanks to a grant received from the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GRCTM).

Through Inventive Thinking Labs, students are exposed to educational games designed to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving strategies. The goal of the lab is to see an increase in problem-solving skills and perseverance when a student faces difficult tasks.

Carpenter is the recipient of a $1,000 John A. Van de Walle grant.

“We’re thankful for supporters like the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics who step up to support innovative teachers like Courtney,” said Dianne Smith, who represents Evergreen Elementary as the Clover Hill District School Board member. “We’re also very thankful for teachers like Courtney, who are willing to challenge students and engage them to develop skills that will allow them to think outside of the box.”

GRCTM was established to encourage an active interest in and an appreciation of mathematics, afford a medium for exchange of views regarding the teaching of mathematics and promote cooperative study of problems of mathematics education at all levels. Carpenter is a member of the organization and applied for the grant last fall.