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Video in the Middle: Flexible Digital Experiences for Mathematics Teacher Edu...

NSF Awards: 1720507

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

The Video in the Middle NSF project's is designing, developing and researching online PD modules that can be used flexibly by mathematics educators, coaches, district math leaders and PD providers. The project is finishing its second year and has to date focused on the design and development of ~25 two-hour modules. These modules place a video clip at the center, or “in the middle,” of a professional learning experience as teachers take part in an online experience of mathematical problem solving, video analysis of classroom practice, and pedagogical reflection. The modules are designed to increase middle school math teachers’ awareness of how various representations of linear functions are linked, how students conceptualize and approach linear growth sequences, and how teaching practices can impact student understanding of linear functions.

The usability results indicated that middle grades mathematics teachers as well as teacher educators found the adapted materials useful and engaging. The results also identified ways to improve the materials. Feasibility research is currently being conducted with 24 teachers split between the three participation formats (independent, locally facilitated and VIM project facilitated). Data collection includes teacher survey, teachers’ work in the modules (journals), self-reported teaching practices via a weekly log, and mathematical knowledge for teaching through artifact analysis. These data will be inductively coded by participation format, and the results of this coding will be compared across the three formats. A randomized control trial will be conducted during 2020-2021 of 30 teachers in each participation format (90 total teachers) that will include student impact data.

 

 

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