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Annie Kim

Annie Kim

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One of our current student teachers, Annie Kim, was highlighted by the Honors Program here at BYU.  She is currently finishing up her honors thesis – Solving for X When We Don’t Know Why: An In-Depth Analysis of Textbook Use of Variables.  Please click here for the article.
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Congratulations Erin Matthews

Congratulations Erin Matthews

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Congratulations to Erin Matthews. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for Fall Semester 2021 presented by the Mathematics Education department. Erin is doing her student teaching fall semester and will be graduating in December. Good luck with your student teaching!
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Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking

Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking

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Blake Peterson and Keith Leatham recently published an article titled “Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking” in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. Blake has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Laura Van Zoest, Shari Stockero, Annick Rougee, Ben Freeburn Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Researchers who study the practice of mathematics teachers. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? NCTM recommends that mathematics teachers should use student thinking as part of their class discussions but what does it look like to effectively do that. As a first step to studying how to productively use student thinking, we studied teachers initial responses…
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Conventions and Context: Graphing Related Objects Onto the Same Set of Axes

Conventions and Context: Graphing Related Objects Onto the Same Set of Axes

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Professors Steven Jones, Doug Corey and Dawn Teuscher recent had a paper titled "Conventions and Context: Graphing Related Objects Onto the Same Set of Axes" published in the conference proceedings for the PMENA (Psychology of Mathematics Education - North America) conference. They have answered a few questions about this paper below: What is the big problem you hoped to address with this paper? There are many "conventions" we use within mathematics, but sometimes these conventions are at odds with reasoning about contexts and quantities. The specific convention we examined in this paper was placing related graphical objects (e.g., graphs, vectors) on the same set of axes. This practice can be problematic for contextualized situations, unless the practice is properly understood. What are some of the key ideas in the article?…
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How We Are Preparing Secondary Mathematics Teachers to Teach with Technology: Findings From a Nationwide Survey

How We Are Preparing Secondary Mathematics Teachers to Teach with Technology: Findings From a Nationwide Survey

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Keith Leatham recently published an article titled “How We Are Preparing Secondary Mathematics Teachers to Teach With Technology: Findings From a Nationwide Survey” in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. Keith has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Allison W. McCulloch, Jennifer N. Lovett, Nina Gabrielle Bailey, and Samuel D. Reed 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 problem was a lack of understanding of the US as a whole prepares mathematics teachers to teach with technology. Without this information it was difficult to determine to what extent we are meeting the standards and vision that we have articulated and…
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Students’ Reasoning about Multivariational Structures

Students’ Reasoning about Multivariational Structures

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Steven Jones recently had a paper titled “Students’ Reasoning about Multivariational Structures” published in the conference proceedings for the conference of the Psychology of Mathematics Education – North American Chapter. Steven has answered a few questions about this paper below:  Who were your co-authors on this paper? Haley Jeppson, a former master’s student in our program. Who would you say is the target audience for this paper? Math and/or science instructors, including anyone dealing with contexts that relate more than two variables/quantities together. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this paper? Previous work looking at students' reasoning of changes in related quantities has focused on only two variable relationships, such as y = f(x). However, math and science often involve contexts with more than two variables…
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Teachers’ Knowledge of Student Mathematical Thinking in Written Instructional Products

Teachers’ Knowledge of Student Mathematical Thinking in Written Instructional Products

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Professors Doug Corey and Steve Williams recently published an article titled "Teachers' Knowledge of Student Mathematical Thinking in Written Instructional Products" in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. Doug has answered a few questions about this article below: Who were your co-authors on this article? Steve Williams, Eula Monroe, and Michelle Wagner. Who would you say is the target audience for this article? It is for teacher educators and for those interested in effectively sharing instructional knowledge among teachers via written lesson plans and similar products. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? We were trying to understand the nature of student mathematical thinking captured in high-quality written instructional products (think lesson plans or NCTM magazine articles). We looked at artifacts from the US and…
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Geometric Reflections: Why Not a Flip?

Geometric Reflections: Why Not a Flip?

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Professor Dawn Teuscher recently published an article titled "Geometric Reflections: Why Not a Flip?" in the journal Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12. Dawn has answered a few questions about this article below: Who were your co-authors on this article? Shannon Dingman, Travis Olson, and Lisa Kasmer Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Middle grade (8th grade) teachers. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Many students and teachers think about reflections visually and not mathematically. What are some of the key ideas in the article? Teachers need to bring out the mathematics behind reflections, specifically that reflections require a line of reflection that is in the middle of the two figures, but the line segments that connect corresponding points…
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Articulating the Student Mathematics in Student Contributions

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Keith Leatham and Blake Peterson recently had a paper titled "Articulating the Student Mathematics in Student Contributions" published in the conference proceedings for the Psychology of Mathematics Education - North America (PMENA) conference. Blake has answered a few questions about this paper below: Who were your co-authors on this paper? Laura Van Zoest - Western Michigan University, Shari Stockero - Michigan Technological University, and Joshua Ruk - Western Michigan University. Who would you say is the target audience for this paper? This work would be useful for both researchers and practicing teachers. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this paper? When students share their thinking as part of a class discussion, it is sometimes difficult for the teacher to make sense of exactly what they are…
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