Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jane Cooney and Zero

Jane Cooney and Zero were introduced to Kiwanians by September program chairman, Pat Parker.

Jane Cooney, Math Coach at Harris Elementary, spoke to Kiwanis about “Zero, Her Hero”.  Jane received a Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Teacher creativity) grant to travel and learn more about the number zero.  While traveling, she posed with “Zero” a character designed by Jane and her students.  Zero wears a cape (all heroes need a cape) with over 300 zeros added by students at Harris Elementary.  She traveled to Italy, Greece and Turkey to study the influence of Fibonacci and how he influenced the evolution of numbers (especially the 0) used in math which influenced our own number system.  Jane is very excited about math and her excitement builds interest in her students and helps to make math and learning fun.

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