Education Students at WWU to Hold ‘Leprechaun Olympics’

William Woods University education students will stage a “Leprechaun Olympics” on St. Patrick’s Day for dozens of elementary school children.

“Leprechaun Olympics” is a series of problem-solving activities designed to make math more fun and easier to understand. Approximately 160-170 fourth graders from the three public elementary schools in Fulton will visit William Woods on Friday, March 17, to participate.

This is the fourth year the future teachers from WWU have offered the program, but the theme changes annually. Students in EDU 341 (Teaching Elementary Math) select the theme and develop appropriate math stations. The class is taught by Shari Means, assistant professor of education.

This year, the class has designed 11 problem-solving stations for the youngsters to tackle. They’ll guide the elementary school students through each station and help them come up with strategies to solve each problem. Some of the problem-solving activities include “Leaping With Leprechauns” and “Flag Symmetry.”

“This will allow our pre-service teachers to practice the methods they’ve been learning in class,” Means said, adding that the fourth graders will also benefit from practicing the skills required for the MAP test they are required to take later in the semester.

“Leprechaun Olympics” will be set up in the Multipurpose Room of the Helen Stephens Sports Complex from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Bartley, Bush and McIntire elementary schools will each send students for 90-minute segments.