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Month: October 2019

Principals’ Panel

MESA is excited to announce that on Tuesday, November 12thprincipals from the surrounding districts will be in Aderhold Hall participating in a panel focused on future educators! The event will start at 6:00pm in Room 229. This will be a great opportunity to build connections with administrators in local school districts, ask questions related to teaching and math education, and learn about these principal‘s perspectives. You do not need to be a member of MESA to attend, nor do you need to be in math education. All are welcome!

Math Ed Tech Workshop

TI representative, Beth Smith, will conduct a workshop for the student teachers on Tuesday, November 19 from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Room 116. The workshop will focus on high school mathematics topics using the TI-84 CE, TI-Nspire, and the TI-Rover (coding). 
 
To participate, please sign up here.

Colloquium Series: Dr. Melissa Gresalfi

Please join us next Monday,
Oct. 28th at 11 am – 12 pm
in Aderhold Room 229.

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ABSTRACT

Recently there has been a lot of enthusiasm for integrating practices of Computer Science into mathematics classrooms. Although the reasons range from the hopeful to the pragmatic, we in fact know very little about how mathematical thinking might productively, or unproductively, connect with Computing. In this talk I will share findings from two rounds of design studies that sought to understand how these content areas, and their associated practices, might intersect, and ultimately, what the two fields have to learn from each other.

BIO

Melissa Gresalfi is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences, and Dean of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt University.  Her research considers how to design learning environments that support students’ empowered engagement with mathematics. Her projects explore how tasks, social interactions, and norms and broader narratives support student learning and identity, with a current focus on textile craft, programming, and play. These projects share a commitment to understand how classroom structures and curricular designs create (or limit) opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with information. Gresalfi has served as PI or co-PI on numerous grants funded through the Gates Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.