Mason Professor Inspires Math Teachers to Engage Students with Creative Online Instruction
Theresa Wills, an assistant professor in George Mason University’s College of Education and Human Development, is reaching out to teachers to offer her expertise in virtual education. In the past few weeks, Wills, who teaches in the Mathematics Education Leadership program, has been conducting dozens of webinars focused on helping instructors move their education online.
“Teachers want to know how to set up a classroom so that students can interact with the instructor and the material, as well as do their work to solve problems together,” Wills said. “When I do my webinars, I try to give teachers ideas, little kernels of knowledge, based on my experience in facilitating student engagement.”
As the coronavirus pandemic closed schools, Wills urgently set up webinars, some for general education and some specifically focused on math instructors. She offered her help via connections with local school districts, professional groups and Mason friends, along with using social media to get the word out. Wills has conducted webinars for professors and teachers throughout the country, along with more selective webinars for local school teachers.