17 episodes

The Mathematics Teacher Educator Podcast accompanies the Mathematics Teacher Educator Journal and co-sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Mathematics Teacher Educator Podcast Eva Thanheiser

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The Mathematics Teacher Educator Podcast accompanies the Mathematics Teacher Educator Journal and co-sponsored by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

    Episode 17: Analyzing Eight Years of Mathematics Teacher Educator Articles: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going

    Episode 17: Analyzing Eight Years of Mathematics Teacher Educator Articles: Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going

    In this editorial, an analysis of articles published in the
    Mathematics Teacher Educator journal (MTE) from 2012
    to 2020, which describes the knowledge base for mathematics
    teacher educators addressed by MTE authors, is
    presented. This analysis builds on similar work conducted
    four years ago (Bieda, 2016). These more recent findings
    demonstrate that articles focusing on teacher knowledge;
    mathematical content; student thinking and reasoning;
    and models of teacher preparation or in-service professional
    development (PD) have been the most frequently
    published in MTE. In contrast, a limited number of articles
    have focused on discourse; diversity, equity, and language;
    technology; and methods of research. This examination
    allows us to assess as a community where we were,
    where we are, and where we might go in the future.
    Special Guests: Karen Hollebrands, and Valerie Faulkner.

    • 34 min
    Episode 16: Diverge then Converge: A Strategy for Deepening Understanding through Analyzing and Reconciling Contrasting Patterns of Reasoning

    Episode 16: Diverge then Converge: A Strategy for Deepening Understanding through Analyzing and Reconciling Contrasting Patterns of Reasoning

    One of the challenges of teaching content courses for prospective elementary teachers (PTs) is engaging PTs in deepening their conceptual understanding of mathematics they feel they already know (Thanheiser, Philipp, Fasteen, Strand, & Mills, 2013). We introduce the Diverge then Converge strategy for orchestrating mathematical discussions that we claim (1) engenders sustained engagement with a central conceptual issue and (2) supports a deeper understanding
    of the issue by engaging PTs in considering both correct and incorrect reasoning. We describe a recent implementation of the strategy and present an analysis of students’ written responses that are coordinated with the phases of the discussion. We close by considering conditions under which the strategy appears particularly relevant, factors that appear to influence its effectiveness, and questions for future research.
    Special Guests: Mariana Levin and Theresa J. Grant.

    • 31 min
    Episode 15: Noticing Aloud: Uncovering Mathematics Teacher Noticing in the Moment

    Episode 15: Noticing Aloud: Uncovering Mathematics Teacher Noticing in the Moment

    Understanding mathematics teacher
    noticing has been the focus of a growing body of research, in which student work
    and classroom videos are often used as artifacts for surfacing teachers’ cognitive processes. However, what teachers notice through reflecting on artifacts of teaching may not be parallel to what they notice in the complex and demanding environment of the classroom. This article used a new technique, side-by-side coaching, to uncover teacher noticing in the moment of instruction. There were 21 instances of noticing aloud during side by side coaching which were analyzed and classified, yielding 6 types of teacher noticing aloud, including instances in which teachers expressed confidence, struggle, and wonder. Implications for coaching and future research on teacher noticing are discussed.
    Special Guest: Jen Munson.

    • 23 min
    Episode 14: Supporting Teachers to Use Formative Assessment for Adaptive Decision Making

    Episode 14: Supporting Teachers to Use Formative Assessment for Adaptive Decision Making

    Formative assessment helps teachers make effective instructional decisions to support students to learn mathematics. Yet, many teachers struggle to effectively use formative assessment to support student learning. Therefore, teacher educators must find
    ways to support teachers to use formative assessment to inform instruction. This case study documents shifts in teachers’ views and reported use of formative assessment that took place as they engaged in professional development (PD). The PD design considered the formative assessment cycle (Otero, 2006; Popham, 2008) and embedded it within a pedagogical framework (Lamberg, 2013,
    in press) that took into account the process of mathematics planning and teaching while supporting teachers to learn math content. Teachers restructured their definition of student understanding, which influenced how they interpreted student work and made instructional decisions. Teachers’ pre-PD instructional decisions focused on looking for right and wrong answers to determine mastery and focused on pacing decisions. Their post-PD decisions focused on student thinking and adapting teaching to support student thinking and learning. Implications for PD to support teachers to use formative assessment and research are discussed.
    Special Guests: Linda Gillette-Koyen and Teruni Lamberg.

    • 32 min
    Episode 13: Visions of the Possible: Using Drawings to Elicit and Support Visions of Teaching Mathematics

    Episode 13: Visions of the Possible: Using Drawings to Elicit and Support Visions of Teaching Mathematics

    Mathematics Teacher Educators (MTEs) help preservice teachers in transitioning from students to teachers of mathematics. They support PSTs in shifting what they notice and envision to align with the collective vision encoded in the AMTE and NCTM standards. This study analyzes drawings and descriptions completed
    at the beginning and end of a one-year teacher education program—snapshots depicting optimized visions of teaching and learning mathematics. This study analyzed drawings-and-descriptions by cohort
    and by participants. The findings suggest that the task can be used as formative assessment to inform supports for specific PSTs such as choosing a cooperating teacher or coursework that challenges problematic beliefs. It can also be used as summative assessment to inform revision of coursework for the next cohort.
    Special Guest: Jennifer Ruef.

    • 26 min
    Episode 12: Complex and Contradictory Conversations: Prospective Teachers Interrogating Dominant Narratives Within Mathematics Education Discourse

    Episode 12: Complex and Contradictory Conversations: Prospective Teachers Interrogating Dominant Narratives Within Mathematics Education Discourse

    In this conceptual piece, I explore complex and contradictory conversations during an idea mapping task in which prospective elementary teachers interrogated dominant discourses within mathematics education, such as “mathematics is everywhere” and “being a math person.” I argue that this exercise of engaging with contradictions provided prospective teachers with opportunities to tease out nuances for reconstructing ideas that generate new perspectives for teaching and learning mathematics. Sharing my experience with the idea mapping task as a case study, I offer an alternative role for mathematics teacher educators to consider—as facilitators who create spaces for prospective teachers to interrogate complex and contradictory conversations within mathematics education.
    Special Guest: Lynette DeAun Guzmán.

    • 26 min

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