Design of Virtual Reality Modules for Multivariable Calculus and an Examination of Student Noticing within Them

Design of Virtual Reality Modules for Multivariable Calculus and an Examination of Student Noticing within Them

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Steven Jones recently published an article titled “Design of virtual reality modules for multivariable calculus and an examination of student noticing within them.” in the Research in Mathematics Education. Steven has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Nicholas Long and Jeremy Becnel at Stephen F Austin State University Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Undergraduate mathematics education researchers, undergraduate mathematics instructors, and mathematics education researchers on virtual reality. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Multivariable calculus presents specific issues of visualizing 3-dimensional (and higher) mathematical objects. Traditional media of books and chalkboards are limited in being inherently 2-dimensional. This paper examined the design and usage of virtual reality modules for…
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Congratulations Grace and Anna!

Congratulations Grace and Anna!

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Congratulations to Grace Lam and Anna Christensen as they have been awarded the Outstanding Student Award from the Math Education department for Winter Semester 2023! Grace and Anna will be student teaching this semester and graduating in April.
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Mentor Teachers

Mentor Teachers

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Tenille Cannon and Sharon Christensen were recently awarded a grant to work with mentor teachers. They have answered a few questions about this award below. What was the genesis of the ideas behind this project? There is a need for more math education mentor teachers who can provide the needed support for the math ed student teachers. We also wanted to build a collaborative group of mentor teachers. What is the timeline of the project associated with this grant? There was a 3-day summer workshop held June 14-16, 2022. There will also be four monthly follow-up meetings in September, October, November and December 2022. What would you say is the main goal to be accomplished with this funding? Improve the student teaching experience for both student teachers and mentor teachers.…
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Congratulations Malissia!

Congratulations Malissia!

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Malissia Perkins was awarded the outstanding student award from the Mathematics Education department for Fall Semester 2022. She will be doing her student teaching fall semester and graduating in December 2022.
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Teachers’ Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning

Teachers’ Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning

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Keith Leatham and Blake Peterson recently published an article titled “Teachers’ Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning” in the Mathematics Education Research Journal. Keith has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Shari L. Stockero, Laura R. Van Zoest, Ben Freeburn, and Blake E. Peterson Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Mathematics teacher educators and researchers What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? The big problem is that we don't know enough about teachers decisions with regards to using student contributions during instruction in order to sufficiently inform work preparing teacher to productively use student mathematical thinking. To contribute to solving this problem we…
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Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together

Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together

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Blake Peterson recently published an article titled “Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together” in the Mathematics Teacher: Teaching and Learning PK-12. Blake has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who would you say is the target audience for this article? High school teachers What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Piecewise functions are usually taught in a very abstract way and void of context. I saw this problem in Japan and was fascinated to see a context for piecewise functions and even more interesting was that some of the pieces were not linear. I think the context can make piecewise functions more accessible for students. What are some of the key ideas in the article? With some careful scaffolding and board…
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Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology

Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology

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Keith Leatham recently published an article titled “Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. Keith has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Allison McCulloch at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Nina Bailey at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charity Cayton at East Carolina University, Kristen Fye at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Jennifer Lovett at Middle Tennessee State University Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Mathematics teacher educators What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? The big problem is that the work of teaching teachers about learning and teaching mathematics with technology…
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MTE Podcast

MTE Podcast

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Conversation with the new MTE editors, Mike Steele and Kate Johnson, as they share their vision for the journal. The podcast is available at https://mtepodcast.amte.net/40.
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Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations

Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations

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Steven Jones recently published an article titled “Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations” in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. Steven has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? George E. Kuster, Christopher Newport University Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Mathematics education researchers and undergraduate mathematics instructors What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Reasoning and modelling with differential equations requires significant cognitive effort and is not trivial to learn to do. We wanted to know what role variational reasoning played in students' understandings of differential equations. What are some of the key ideas in the article? 1. While students can think of a derivative as a rate of change or…
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