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Keith Leatham podcast

Keith Leatham podcast

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Click here to hear Keith Leatham discusses the article, "The case of the Case of Benny: Elucidating the influence of a landmark study in mathematics education," published in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, Volume 35. (Co-author: Tyler Winiecke)
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Graduate Student Presenting at AMTE

Graduate Student Presenting at AMTE

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At AMTE we reported the results of a study on the alignment of curriculum materials to learning standards.  Specifically, we chose two popular textbook series to examine how well they align with ratio and proportion learning standards from the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in grades 6-8.  Although both textbooks advertise alignment with these learning standards, our results indicate shortcomings in terms of opportunities in the text for students to do the mathematical work expected of them.  For example, in 6th grade students are expected to use a constant multiple to relate two quantities, but by our analysis it is rare for these textbooks to encourage this strategy. These results are important for a variety of individuals with interest in mathematics education.  Curriculum developers might find ways to provide…
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Dr. Corey & Dr. Peterson in Japan

Dr. Corey & Dr. Peterson in Japan

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The overarching question Dr. Corey and Dr. Peterson are trying to answer is "What are the characteristics of high quality mathematics instruction?" When you look at the international performance on mathematics achievement tests, the US is in the middle of the pack and Japan is usually at the top. Thus they have been interested in what Japanese mathematics educators view as high quality mathematics instruction. Dr. Corey and Dr. Peterson have written a paper on some previous work along these lines by analyzing the conversations between Japanese cooperating teachers and student teachers. They identified some principles that these experienced teachers focused on as they worked with the student teachers. As an extension of that, they have worked with several Japanese mathematics education professors to further refine what they believe to…
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STEM Fair sponsored by MEA

STEM Fair sponsored by MEA

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  The Mathematics Education Association, the BYU student organization for students majoring in Mathematics Education organized and sponsored a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair to show sixth, seventh, and eighth graders how much fun STEM fields can be for them now and in college. Please click here for more information.
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Japanese Visitors

Japanese Visitors

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Professors Hiro Ninomiya from Saitama University, Kazuhiko Souma from Hokkaido University of Education, Susumu Kunimune from Shizuoka University and Yosuke Morooka, a graduate student from Saitama University, all visited BYU March 2013 to analyze mathematics instruction in both Utah and Japan. Please click here for more information.  
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NSF Grant Awarded

NSF Grant Awarded

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Keith Leatham and Blake Peterson along with their colleagues Laura Van Zoest from Western Michigan University and Shari Stockero from Michigan Technological University have been awarded a 4 year NSF grant entitled Leveraging MOSTs: Developing a Theory of Productive Use of Student Mathematical Thinking. In their experience working with preservice and novice teachers, these researchers have seen many "teachable moments" go unnoticed and unused by these novice teachers.One main goal of this grant is to carefully define a teachable moment which these researchers are calling a MOST (Mathematically significant pedagogical Opening to use Student Thinking). They will then identify ways to teach teachers how to recognize these MOSTs and effectively use them to help advance the student understanding of mathematics in the classroom. To do this they will be gathering…
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