NGU’s Branyon collaborates on new teaching methods in ‘The Next Step’
Dr. Jill Branyon, North Greenville University (NGU) distinguished professor of education and coordinator of the mathematics secondary education program, participated in a collaborative effort to map out new ways of teaching mathematics. Branyon wrote a chapter in the book “The Next Step” to be released this fall.
Branyon was contacted along with many others by Dr. James Freemeyer of Indiana Wesleyan University.
“He contacted most people in Christian universities about a project he wanted to do that would include some research he had been doing, but wanted to know who might write a chapter. I responded, and we had a few skype and email sessions to map out the project,” said Branyon. “I wanted to focus on practical applications and results.”
The book is written for school districts, principals, math specialists, and middle and high school math teachers who want to take their teaching and student learning to another level and focus on using mathematics to solve real-world problems.
Branyon wrote chapter five, “Engaging Students by Flipping the Classroom.”
She says she interviewed principals and superintendents who had implemented dynamic changes in their school systems and researched the data on student and teachers that resulted from these dynamic changes.
“I have become friends with Greg Green, superintendent of Clintondale School District in Clintondale, MI. He flipped his entire school, and the results are astounding,” said Branyon.
“The Next Step,” published by Rowan and Littlefield, is available now for pre-order on Amazon.
Branyon taught high school mathematics for over 25 years, 23 of those years were in Kenya, East Africa, at a private boarding school. She served as academic dean and principal in the school and worked on numerous committees mentoring young people and served on the board of governors of a local orphanage. She has taught mathematics and mathematics education at NGU for 16 years and is the coordinator of secondary mathematics education as well as working with assessments and reporting for the College of Education. Branyon earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of South Carolina.