BYU

Abstract by Olivia Payne

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Presenter's Name

Olivia Payne

Degree Level

Masters

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Department

Mathematics Education

Faculty Advisor

Blake Peterson

Title

Learning to Identify and Build on Student Thinking While Teaching in a Secondary Mathematics Classroom

Abstract

Mathematics teachers are encouraged to elicit and use student thinking during a lesson to develop mathematical concepts. In order to do this, a teacher first needs to notice students’ ideas and decide if the ideas are worth pursuing. Then, the teacher must decide what actions to take in order to effectively build on the thinking to develop a mathematical idea. The complexity of a secondary mathematics classroom can make this process difficult, which may prevent some teachers from carrying out this practice. Through this action research project, I plan to investigate how studying my own practice of identifying and building on student mathematical thinking helps me to improve my ability to enact these practices.