Seeing Through Your Student’s Eyes

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Anticipating student mathematical thinking is broadly discussed as a valuable teaching practice. Specifically, it is emphasized as part of the lesson study process and is the first of the five practices discussed by Smith and Stein (2011). Learning to anticipate student thinking requires teachers to see mathematics through their students’ eyes. In my own teaching as well as in my work with preservice teachers, I have come to value seeing mathematics through students’ eyes as well as to recognize the challenges in doing so. In this talk, I will share some interesting ways students see mathematics and discuss the pedagogical benefits of looking at mathematics through their eyes.

Location: AMTE Conference, Orlando, Florida

Blake E. Peterson, Brigham Young University