The University Teaching Experience: Creating Early Field Experiences Prepare Novice Teachers for the Demands of Teaching Mathematics In Schools
What does it mean to be a “well-started” novice teacher of mathematics, especially in this era of accountability? Teacher preparation programs face increasing pressure to create curriculum that is responsive to the demands on new teachers in the field. Such responsiveness means that improvements to teacher preparation curriculum account for obligations on the role of teacher in schools at present, so to better develop novices’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions to manage those obligations and teach mathematics for understanding in equitable ways. In this talk, I will focus on results from a project that has designed and investigated the university teaching experience as a model for early field experience that prepares prospective teachers to learn from their teacher preparation coursework and become "well-started novices" in their school-based placements.
Kristen Bieda is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State. She also serves as the Associate Director of Mathematics for the CREATE for STEM Institute. More information about her work can be found at www.kbiedamathed.com