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Mathematics Teacher Educator Podcast

Here are the latest episode of the Mathematics Teacher Educator podcast. More episodes can be found at https://mtepodcast.amte.net or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Stephanie Casey & Andrew Ross: Developing Equity Literacy and Critical Statistical Literacy in Secondary Mathematics Preservice Teachers

There is a lack of teacher education materials that develop equity literacy in content courses for preservice secondary mathematics teachers. In response, we created teacher education curriculum materials for introductory statistics that include an integrated focus on developing equity literacy and critical statistical literacy. In this article, we provide an overview of our materials’ design along with a detailed look at one activity regarding racial demographics and tracking in high school STEM courses. We present evidence regarding the positive impact of these materials on the teacher candidates’ competency, value, and likelihood of applying their equity literacy and critical statistical literacy. Implications for mathematics teacher educators working to develop equity literacy together with content knowledge are discussed.

Dana L. Grosser-Clarkson & Joanna S. Hung: Adaptations to Support the Flint Water Task

This Perspectives on Practice manuscript focuses on an innovation associated with “Engaging Teachers in the Powerful Combination of Mathematical Modeling and Social Justice: The Flint Water Task” from Volume 7, Issue 2 of MTE. The Flint Water Task has shown great promise in achieving the dual goals of exploring mathematical modeling while building awareness of social justice issues. This Perspectives on Practice article focuses on two adaptations of the task—gallery walks and What I Know, What I Wonder, What I Learned (KWL) charts—that we have found to enhance these learning opportunities. We found that the inclusion of a gallery walk supported our students in the development of their mathematical modeling skills by enhancing both the mathematical analyses of the models and the unpacking of assumptions. The KWL chart helps students document their increase in knowledge of the social justice issues surrounding the water crisis. Using the mathematical modeling cycle to explore social justice issues allows instructors to bring humanity into the mathematics classroom.

Margaret Rathouz, Nesrin Cengiz-Phillips, & Angela S. Krebs: Promoting Equitable PST Participation in Mathematical Discourse: Rough Drafts on an Asynchronous Discussion Board

Issues of equity in mathematics classrooms existed prior to COVID-19. For many students, however, meaningful participation in mathematical discussions became nearly impossible in online settings during the pandemic. In this study, we note the diversity in and nature of participation in mathematical discourse in an online course for preservice teachers (PSTs). We investigate the influence of implementing two support strategies for discussion: (a) establishing a “rough-draft/ revision” orientation to mathematical tasks; and (b) providing time and structure (tasks and prompts) in an online discussion board for PSTs to post their initial thoughts, react to peers’ solutions, and collectively revise their ideas. In this article, we highlight several benefits of these support strategies to foster equitable PST participation in a unit on number theory. For example, as compared with oral discussions where only a few PSTs offered their ideas, the written discussion format encouraged every PST to post their ideas. Using a rough-draft/revision stance in the prompts fostered sharing and revealed diverse mathematical approaches, perspectives, and ideas. We argue that giving students opportunities to interact with one another and the mathematics in a variety of ways promotes equitable participation.

Kevin Voogt & Kristin Bieda: Filling a “Void”: The Mathematical Quality in Planning Protocol for Mathematics Teacher Educators

This article explores one novice mathematics teacher educator’s initial use of the Mathematical Quality in Planning Protocol, an innovative tool that was developed to assist in providing feedback on the mathematical quality of novice mathematics teachers’ lesson plans. The protocol was devised to help mathematics teacher educators bridge the gap between prospective teachers’ mathematical content knowledge and their mathematical content knowledge for teaching. Results of our analysis on an initial use of the protocol point to its potential as a tool to help mathematics teacher educators direct their feedback from being overly focused on the pedagogical aspects of the lesson (e.g., timing, planned activities) to the mathematical content prospective teachers are attempting to teach (e.g., anticipated student solutions, problem-solving strategies).

Evthokia Stephanie Saclarides, Brette Garner, Gladys Kraus, Claudia Bertolone-Smith, & Jen Munson: Design Principles That Support Course Design Innovation for Elementary Mathematics Methods Courses

Learning to teach mathematics is a complex endeavor, requiring sustained focus and time. Yet time is especially scarce in elementary teacher education programs, where preservice teachers (PSTs) learn all content areas. Through a collaborative self-study, five teacher educators identified three time-related tensions in elementary mathematics methods courses: (a) teaching mathematics content and pedagogy; (b) connecting theory and practice; and (c) promoting social contexts in teaching mathematics. To address these tensions, we offer three design principles and illustrative examples: (a) addressing multiple goals for each course component; (b) developing PSTs’ dispositions over time; and (c) building on PSTs’ strengths to develop understanding of mathematics. We present a reflection tool to assist mathematics teacher educators in designing their courses to maximize their instructional time.

Travis Weiland & Lisa L. Poling: Taking a Spatial Turn in Mathematics Teacher Education

The spaces we inhabit and the physical communities in which we learn all affect how we come to experience the world, construct what mathematics is to us, and develop how we teach mathematics. In this theory-to-practice article, we discuss why explicitly considering spatial ways of knowing is important in mathematics teacher education. We begin by providing theoretical arguments for the importance of considering space in mathematics education. We then present a rationale for why considering space is so important in mathematics teacher education, specifically discussing links to the practice of teaching mathematics. Examples of how to consider tasks related to spatial justice are provided to help reimagine what an mathematics teacher education task can look like.

Stephanie Casey & Liza Bondurant: Engaging Teachers in the Combination of Statistical Investigation and Social Justice: Fairness in School Funding

This Perspectives on Practice manuscript focuses on an innovation associated with “Engaging Teachers in the Powerful Combination of Mathematical Modeling and Social Justice: The Flint Water Task” from Volume 7, Issue 2 of MTE. We built on Aguirre et al.’s (2019) integration of mathematical modeling and social justice issues in mathematics teacher education to similarly integrate statistical investigations with social justice issues.

Teaching Math Teaching Podcast

Here are the latest episodes of the Teaching Math Teaching podcast. More episodes can be found at teachingmathteachingpodcast.com or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jonee Wilson: Aligning Beliefs around Teaching Mathematics with the Preparation of Teachers of Mathematics

Learning to teach math teachers with Jonee Wilson, Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, as she shares her experiences and advice on being a mathematics teacher educator. Jonee also shares her work on creating and disseminating rubrics to identify and promote equitable mathematics instruction and a new project on leadership practices.

Pat Nash & Brittany Rollins: Treating Prospective Teachers as Equals in the Classroom

Pat Nash and Brittany Rollins are both 8th grade mathematics teachers. Pat is in her 49th year of teaching at Mance Park Middle School in Huntsville, Texas. Brittany is in her 7th year of teaching at Midway Middle School in Hewitt, Texas. They share their experiences and advice for working with prospective teachers during field placements and internships.

Paulo Tan: Humanizing Disabilities, Cultivating Resistance

Dr. Paulo Tan (University of Missouri-St. Louis) shares about his work in humanizing disabilities in mathematics teacher education, and highlights how mathematics is for, with, and by folks with disabilities. In preparing mathematics teachers, he strives to help them cultivate their practices and thinking to enact resistance in their daily practice.

Cindy Jong: Considering Relational, Human, and Cultural Connections with the Teaching of Mathematics

Learning to teach math teachers with Cindy Jong, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kentucky, as she shares her experiences and advice on being a mathematics teacher educator. Cindy also shares her collaborative project, MINE (Mathematical Intersections of Noticing and Equity), and describes some of the modules that have been developed through the work of the project.