Teaching math to children is a complex and always-relevant subject. As part of its Yopp Distinguished Speaker Series, the Mathematics Education Department has two talks coming up soon. Both are free and open to the public.
First, Dr. Sandra Crespo, Professor of Mathematics Education at Michigan State University, will present “Against All Odds: Teaching Collaborative Learning in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom”. Dr. Crespo will share her experience with the Complex Instruction framework, and will discuss how to use it as a tool to address inequities in the teaching and learning of mathematics. This talk is March 18, 5:30-7 p.m., in the EUC Alexander Room.
Following will be Dr. Nicholas Johnson, a senior researcher at the University of California – Los Angeles. His talk, “Expanding Competence: Recognizing and Building from Children’s Partial Understandings”, will analyze research on children’s mathematical competence. He will explore the value of children’s partial understandings and the socially constructed nature of competence. The presentation is May 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon, in SOEB 401.