2020 Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series in Mathematics Education
Monday, February 24, 2020 | Dr. Amanda Jansen, Professor of Mathematics Education University of Delaware
Free and Open to the Public
Research Talk: Secondary Mathematics Teachers’ Instructional Practices that Motivate and Engage Students
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
UNCG Elliott University Center, Claxton Room
— Dr. Jansen will present a framework of mathematics instructional practices that have the potential to motivate and engage high school students along dimensions of academic support and social support. She will describe the development of an observation tool for investigating engaging mathematics instruction at the secondary level that she developed with her research team (SMiLES: Secondary Mathematics in-the-moment Longitudinal Engagement Study, funded by the National Science Foundation). She will also share emerging results about which of these instructional practices co-occurred with productive student engagement in-the-moment in ninth-grade classrooms in six schools across two states.
Connecting Research and Practice Talk: Rough Draft Math, Welcoming In-Progress Thinking and Revising During Math Class
5:30 – 7 pm
UNCG Elliott University Center, Alexander Room
— We will reflect upon and participate in instructional practices that welcome students to share and develop their rough draft thinking during mathematics class. Rough draft thinking happens when students share their unfinished, in-progress ideas and remain open to revising those ideas. Teachers can create a classroom culture that invites rough draft thinking, select and implement tasks that allow students to develop their understanding, and foster explicit opportunities to revise thinking. Based on the work of classroom teachers, rough draft thinking has the potential to provide a re-humanizing learning experience for students when teachers elevate and build upon the potential in students’ thinking.
Dr. Amanda Jansen is a Professor in the mathematics education program area in the School of Education at the University of Delaware where she teaches future elementary and secondary teachers. Dr. Jansen earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University. She started her career as a junior high mathematics teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research focuses on students’ engagement with mathematics and understanding how pre-service teachers learn to teach mathematics. She is a co-author of Motivation Matters and Interest Counts, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and her new book, Rough Draft Math, will be published by Stenhouse in Spring 2020.
This talk is hosted by the UNCG Mathematics Education Group in the UNC Greensboro School of Education with generous support from the James D. and Johanna F. Yopp Endowment.
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