Mathematics Education Colloquium with Dr. Kastberg

Mathematics Education Colloquium with Dr. Kastberg

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BYU Mathematics Education department invited Dr. Signe Kastberg from Purdue University to give a colloquium on March 29 on relational teacher education. Dr. Kastberg’s research interests are in mathematics teacher education, specifically relational practice including exploring and illustrating listening, trust, care, and empathy, and the ways in which these sustain and motivate student-teacher collaborations. “What we are trying to do was to foster interactions that help others and ourselves to grow, and there will be reciprocal interactions as we make ourselves vulnerable to others [the students] and showing who we are as a person, and then we will feel responsible for contributing to the growth of each other,” said Dr. Kastberg at the colloquium. . According to Dr. Kastberg’s research, relationships have been identified as foundational in professional education including…
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Support Teachers to Develop Productive Classroom Discussion

Support Teachers to Develop Productive Classroom Discussion

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BYU Mathematics Education Assistant Professor Kate Johnson co-authored the textbook “Mathematics discourse in secondary classrooms: A practice-based resource for professional learning”. The textbook was published in November 2017 after eight years of researching, writing, and evaluating. “I wrote most of the material when I was working on my doctorate at Michigan State University, and because of the amount of work and time that I put in, the faculty who is in charge at that time decided to recognize my work and put my name as one of the authors,” said Dr. Johnson.  The book provides seven professional learning modules that offer important ideas to assist students to engage in richer and deeper conversations in class, such as what kinds of conversation is more meaningful in learning mathematics. Another purpose of…
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Spring Research Conference Winners

Spring Research Conference Winners

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Congratulations to Anand Bernard and Alicia Heninger who were the winners for their presentations at the Spring Research Conference held on March 19, 2016.   Anand's presentation was on Middle School Teachers' Curricular Decisions and Reasoning - For decades curriculum materials have been used as a means to reform the way that mathematics teaching and learning occurs. But recent research on the effects of curriculum materials indicates that teachers do not necessarily use curriculum materials as was intended by the curriculum designers. Recently researchers have begun to examine how teachers transform curriculum materials into instruction and the effects of these changes on student learning. While much has been done to learn about this process, most studies have been very broad in scope and currently there is little known about specific decisions…
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UCTM Honors Jackie Voyles

UCTM Honors Jackie Voyles

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Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics has chosen Jackie Voyles as this year's recipient of the Don Clark Award for a lifetime of achievement and excellence in mathematics education. Jacqueline Taylor Voyles started her teaching in Pocatello, Idaho in the year 1966. The following year she was part of the founding faculty for Springville Middle School. Jackie later finished a master’s degree in Mathematics Education and assisted in the development of the Math Lab at BYU. As a faculty member at BYU Jackie has touched the lives of many future teachers. She has also had opportunity to serve as an assistant editor for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. Jackie summarized much of her career in the following way, “it seems that during each piece of the journey of…
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MA Graduate Sharon Christensen Finalist for Presidental Award

MA Graduate Sharon Christensen Finalist for Presidental Award

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Sharon Christensen, a graduate from the masters program in the Mathematics Education Department, is currently a teacher at Mountain Ridge Junior High in Highland, Utah. She has been selected as a finalist for the Presidential Award. This is the highest honor for math and science educators grades kindergarten through 12. To read more about this honor go to http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/education/article_97362511-845a-5b14-9fe5-99e059181692.html
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Frontiers Spring 2011

Frontiers Spring 2011

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Dani Mendel is featured on the back cover of the Spring 2011 Frontiers Issue regarding the importance of giving and helping to support BYU students through scholarships. Help students take full advantage of their BYU education. Add your gift online at give.byu.edu/cmps Check out the Spring 2011 Issue of Frontiers online at http://cpms.byu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/frontiers-magazine_interactive.pdf
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Keith Leatham Interviewed on the Radio

Keith Leatham Interviewed on the Radio

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Professor Keith Leatham was recently interviewed for a program on the Mormon Channel Radio Station. The topic was Understanding Mathematics and is the third episode in a program called Insights. Mathematician, Dr. Keith Leatham takes away some of the mystery and anxiety associated with Mathematics. Through interesting and fun examples, he shows how math can not only be understood, but can be fun as well. Follow this link to listen to the interview:http://radio.lds.org/eng/programs/insights-episode-3
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