Based on the vision of education contained with the writings of Paulo Freire and others; Dr. Joseph has studied within the field of Teaching With Social Justice. This is to say she has sought to create, within her classes, a socially just system for learning. This podcast, we discuss the three aspects of teaching with a mindset that says students should learn to “Read and Write Their World with Mathematics,” as Gutstein tells us. This is a lively discussion, filled with hope and commitment.
We at AIMS are focused upon helping teachers to understand and create useful models of their student’s thinking. This requires a shift in emphasis for some. This week Chris interviews Nicola Hodkowski, a doctoral student in Mathematics Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. She tells, first hand, how this shift can take place, and what it means for instruction.
Cathy Carroll is a Senior Researcher in Mathematics Education for WestEd, an educational research labratory and center. She joins Chris in the studio to talk about what it means to be mathematically fluent and how important this fluency is. Connecting fluency with flexibility rather than automaticity seems to be a core idea within her description and definition for this goal of mathematics education.
Joining Chris in the studio this week is Paul Reimer, a Sr. Researcher at the AIMS Center working with our Early Mathematics studies. Paul is also a student in the Michigan State University Doctoral Program, studying the effects of teacher beliefs on student learning. We discuss his studies and how they connect with our work here at the AIMS Center.
In the studio with David Pearce and Wilma Hashimoto two of the AIMS Center’s Research Associates, and we discuss the third aspect of Professional Noticing: Deciding. We discuss how this aspect takes place in the midst of classroom activity, and how it is dependent upon the two prior aspects of: Attend and Interpret. We end up discussing how this supports the goal of creating a student centered classroom, one in which the learner’s thinking and conceptualization is valued as the starting place for academic learning.
Dr. James Tanton returns to the ZPC to discuss the Global Mathematics Project and its goal of reaching 1 million students with some joyous, uplifting, and powerful mathematics. A few years ago, six colleagues at the Mathematical Association of America and a few other organizations came together with an idea…”What if the world could an “hour of code” like experience with mathematics?” We chat about the hopes, the goals, and the network that is building around this movement. During the week of October 10, 2017 the hope is to have these million students, their teachers, parents and friends working through some very fun, puzzling mathematics, centered on a place value representation Dr. Tanton has developed called “Exploding Dots.” For an audacious introduction to these both you can follow the links below.
For more information on the Global Mathematics Project, and how you can get involved, please visit:
For more information on Exploding Dots watch this video of Dr. Tanton giving a recent demonstration at a community college in Arizona:
Carl Veater joins us in the studio this week. He has spent a large amount of time examining the “Progressions” documents that were the genesis of the standards that have become the California Core State Standards in Mathematics. These document outline how several content themes are coherently linked through the grade levels and were in fact constructed in this manner for the first time in the Standards era of education. Carl describes how teachers can make use of these threads to make curricular decisions, and most importantly how to decide which topics are not specifically warranted for their grade or course level. A very engaging topic for teachers concerned with how to decide what to keep and what to let go of in order to address at appropriate depth the core topics in their curriculum.
Joining me in the studio is AIMS Center Research Associate, Aileen Rizo. she is a mentor/coach to student teams in both robotics, and Lego engineering competitions. She describes the learning, and persistence that are embedded in these activities. These are profound and powerful events, that feel like play to the children who take part in them. However there are deep concepts in mathematics, and science that are made real for these students.
Two of the AIMS Center’s Research Associates, both with years of teaching and professional development experience, come into the studio to talk about the import phase of Professional Noticing: Interpretation. We discuss some practices and implications for teachers to employ and be aware of. The role of Noticing in Formative Assessment, its use in Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s), and some challenges to accuracy are examined.
With the Director Special Education Studies at Fresno Pacific University, Megan Chaney, joining us in the studio we discuss some of the issues of “co-Teaching” students with and without special needs in the same classroom. Some good advice on this task is provided from a voice of experience. Focus upon each other’s strengths and shore up each other’s weaknesses in a setting where ego gets set aside. Letting the content instructor be the expert in the content and the Education Specialist be the expert in the process. We examine the role of teachers disposition in providing a successful learning environment for all students. Ms. Chaney is a doctoral student at this time focusing on the disposition veteran teachers have working in the Special Needs situation. She reminds us to focus upon the child, the child’s knowledge, and as much as possible to know the child’s needs.