My research interests arise from my experiences as a third and fourth grade teacher in Albuquerque, NM. I am curious about the mathematical learning of elementary students, and specifically students who have not yet been successful in mathematics classrooms. My current research uses the tools of discourse and identity to examine mathematical learning (or not) and to assist teachers in supporting the mathematical learning of their students. I also draw upon sociocultural theories, and cognitive theories, and conceptual metaphors as structures for understanding mathematical learning.
My teaching and research interests have led me to develop expertise in Complex Instruction (CI), a model for teaching developed by Elizabeth Cohen and Rachel Lotan at Stanford University. CI is a theoretical and practical framework for helping all students succeed in engaging rigorous mathematics. I work with preservice and inservice teachers to make sense of the theory and implement the tools of CI. I am currently working with several colleagues on a book about the use of CI to teach elementary mathematics.
I teach both graduate and undergraduate level courses at the university. I teach TTE 326, Teaching Mathematics in a Technologic Age. This course supports undergraduate preservice teachers in learning to teach mathematics. I also teach a variety of graduate level courses including Groupwork for Diverse Learners, Discourse and Identity, and Current Issues in Mathematics Education.
Last, but not least, I am interested raising educators’ awareness of the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, families, and colleagues in K-12 settings.