Teacher Noticing in Algebra

Exploring Teacher Noticing of Students' Multimodal Algebraic Thinking

Dr. Janet Walkoe has been awarded the prestigious NSF Early Career Award

Janet Walkoe

Congratulations to Dr. Janet Walkoe, assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant. The synopsis of the program from the NSF website: "The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”

About the grant

Effective teachers of mathematics attend and respond to the substance of students' thinking to support formal instruction. This five-year project expands current work on teacher noticing by investigating teacher noticing of children’s multimodally (e.g., gesture, action) expressed “seeds” of algebraic thinking. The project will involve the design and implementation of a video club curriculum in which teachers examine and annotate classroom videos using a video annotation tool (www.anotemos.com). Two cohorts of preservice teachers will engage in the video club curriculum and engage in reflective interviews about their noticing practices. Follow-up classroom observations will be conducted to see how teachers then notice multimodal algebraic thinking in their classrooms. 

For more information read the grant abstract.