Teachers and mathematics teacher education scholars have identified field experiences and quality mentoring as influential components of math teacher preparation and development. Yet, quality mentoring is a complex and demanding practice. Providing educative feedback to novices, particularly that which encourages reflection versus evaluation, can be challenging work for mentors. To study the potential of an intervention for providing professional development for mentors, I worked with pairs of mentors and prospective teachers (PSTs) offering Smith's (2009) noticing and wondering language as a way of structuring mentoring conversations that maintain both descriptive and interpretive analytic stances. Analysis of before and after conversations provided evidence of how mentor-PST pairs adopted noticing and wondering language, and in particular illuminated the ways in which the language structure might support interpretive mentoring conversations for studying teaching. The results suggest that mathematics teacher educators may want to consider what makes wondering challenging work and how to best support wondering in educative mentoring conversations.
Sarah A. Roller, Diona Cozzolino, Adrienne King and Lory Schieler
NCTM has underscored the critical role of professional collaboration for instructional improvement (Larson 2017). Furthermore, collaborating on instruction is part of the Professionalism Principle in Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (NCTM 2014). One blog entry in Matt Larson's President's Message (2017) challenged teachers to work in collaborative teams and advised them to explore one of NCTM's newly released series, Taking Action: Implementing Effective Teaching Practices.
Sarah A. Roller, Elizabeth P. Cunningham and Katherine Ariemma Marin
Use photographs as a formative assessment tool.