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Outstanding Student Award

Outstanding Student Award

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Congratulations to Haley Barton and Diantha Lemon! They were the recipients of the Outstanding Student Award for Fall Semester 2020. They will be doing their student teaching this semester and graduating in December 2020.
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Keith Leatham New Department Chair

Keith Leatham New Department Chair

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Keith R. Leatham has been appointed as the new chair of the mathematics education department. Keith is replacing Blake E. Peterson who served as chair for six years. Dawn Teuscher will continue to serve as the associate chair. Click here for more information.
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Discontinuity in Enacted Scope and Sequence of Middle Grades Mathematics Content

Discontinuity in Enacted Scope and Sequence of Middle Grades Mathematics Content

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Dawn Teuscher recently published an article with some colleagues. The article was titled "Discontinuity in Enacted Scope and Sequence of Middle Grades Mathematics Content" in the Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership. Dawn has answered a few questions about this article below: Who were your co-authors on this article? Lisa Kasmer, Travis Olson, and Shannon Dingman Who would you say is the target audience for this article? State and district mathematics leaders What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? The purpose of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics was to assist states in teaching similar content across states. With the intention of students learning similar content regardless of the state they lived in. However, what we found is that although students may be learning similar…
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Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse

Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse

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Blake Peterson, Keith Leatham and a former graduate student Lindsay Merrill along with other colleagues recently published an article titled "Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse" in the journal Investigations in Mathematics Learning. Blake has answered a few questions about this article below: Who were your co-authors on this article? Keith Leatham, Lindsay Merrill, Laura Van Zoest, and Shari Stockero Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Both researchers and teachers. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? There are a lot of ways that communication can break down in a mathematics classroom. Are there ways that teachers can avoid or overcome such break downs? What are some of the key ideas in the article? In our verbal communication we tend…
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Designing, Conducting, and Publishing Quality Research in Mathematics Education

Designing, Conducting, and Publishing Quality Research in Mathematics Education

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Keith Leatham is the editor of Designing, Conducting, and Publishing Quality Research in Mathematics Education. Who would you say is the target audience for your book? The target audience for the book is novice mathematics education researchers--graduate students and new faculty members. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this book? Many novice researchers wish there were more resources to help induct them into the nuts and bolts of designing, conducting, and publishing quality research. This book was written to fill that void for novice mathematics education researchers. Each author considered the following prompt with regard to their chapter: "Imagine you were meeting with a mathematics education graduate student or assistant professor and they were struggling with an issue related to designing, conducting, or publishing quality research…
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Sharon Christensen Presentation

Sharon Christensen Presentation

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In February, Professor Sharon Christensen gave a presentation at the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators national conference in Phoenix, AZ. The title of her presentation was Rethinking the Student Teaching Experience: Engaging in a Dialogue about Paired-Placement Student Teaching. Below are the responses to a few questions that we asked Professor Christensen about her presentation. Who were your collaborators for this presentation? Kelly Edenfield, University of Georgia Who would you say is the target audience for your presentation? Mathematics educators who work with student teachers in mathematics teacher educator programs What is the big problem you hoped to address with this presentation? In a typical student teaching experience, there is one teacher candidate paired with one mentor teacher. Often there is a feeling of isolation for the teacher candidate and a…
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Students’ Application of Concavity and Inflection Points to Real-world Contexts

Students’ Application of Concavity and Inflection Points to Real-world Contexts

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In mathematics education, much of what is taught connects to the outside world. However, there are often disconnects between how students learn math in math courses and how they use or apply that math in the real world or in science courses. Past research has shown that this is especially true of calculus content. Dr. Steven Jones chose to study this disconnect from application to other fields by examining the calculus concepts of concavity and inflection points and how they are reasoned qualitatively and quantitatively by students. Dr. Jones conducted his research by giving students currently enrolled in calculus courses particular tasks which dealt with these concepts. Some tasks were ones that would be typically seen in their calculus classes and others dealt with examining these concepts in real world…
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