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Jerry P. Becker

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Announcement: Working Session #1 at PME
Posted: Jun 21, 2014 8:38 PM
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Sent at the request of Molly H. Fisher

Molly H. Fisher, University of Kentucky
Edna O. Schack, Morehead State University
Jennifer Wilhelm, University of Kentucky
Jonathan Thomas, Northern Kentucky University
Rebecca McNall-Krall, University of Kentucky
Cindy Jong, University of Kentucky

This working session continues the work of PME-NA 2013 teacher
noticing working group. Participants will seek an operational
definition of teacher noticing and continue to plan for: a teacher
noticing conference, extending teacher noticing to the science arena,
the creation of a teacher noticing website and a monograph that
incorporates both mathematics and science teacher noticing.


Mathematics teacher noticing involves the nearly invisible thought
processes of teachers as they observe and instruct students. Research
in mathematical noticing has grown considerably in recent years and
while there is consensus of the value of teacher noticing to student
learning, the definition of teacher noticing is not always
consistent. Much of the research on noticing focuses on observation,
or attending, although Jacobs, Lamb, and Philipp (2010) proposed this
as only one of three interrelated components, the remaining two
being, interpreting and deciding. This working session will seek to
operationalize the definition of teacher noticing, extend the
research to the discipline of science, and establish avenues for
presenting new and original teacher noticing research to the
mathematics and science education communities via a teacher noticing
conference, website, and monograph.


Session 1 will engage participants with examples of teacher noticing
in mathematics and science to familiarize the audience with the
existing state of the field (45 minutes). Additionally, the opening
activities will serve to further operationalize the definition of
teacher noticing. Three focus groups will be formed, each taking the
lead on: 1) Proposal writing for conducting a teacher noticing
conference, 2) Research discussions of extending mathematical teacher
noticing to science leading to a monograph, and 3) Designing a
teacher noticing website to communicate our operationalized
definition, conference plans, and current research on noticing in
mathematics and science. Session 1 will end with focus groups
developing organizational strategies (45 minutes) to be reported at
the opening of Session 2 (30 minutes). Focus groups will continue
planning in Session 2 striving to complete a timeline of activities
to reach each group's respective goal (30 minutes). The session will
culminate with focus group reports to large group and discussion of
next steps.

Jacobs, V. R., Lamb, L. L. C., & Philipp, R. A. (2010). Professional
noticing of children's mathematical thinking. Journal for Research in
Mathematics Education, 41(2), 169-202.


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