Posted: June 13, 2016
IUPUI’s elementary teacher education program is designed to produce teachers who can challenge inequities and teach for social justice in urban schools. The program includes courses during students’ freshmen and sophomore year in which prospective teachers begin to gain critical consciousness about elementary grades students’ knowledge and the way teachers can support or impede the growth of this knowledge. We use these courses as an opportunity for our prospective teachers to examine biases they may have and to situate these biases within the larger systemic issues of inequity that currently exist in schools.
Currently, we are seeking experienced mathematics instructors (masters degree in elementary or secondary education with a focus on mathematics or related qualifying experience) to teach a freshmen/sophomore level course whose focus is on understanding K-6 students’ mathematical reasoning, and how teachers can support the growth of this reasoning. The format of the course is to watch video of student reasoning, unpack this reasoning, and then for the prospective teachers to use this reasoning to solve novel mathematical problems. The course also examines biases that prospective teachers may have about how students “should reason”, and to discuss how these biases may be shaped by students’ race, gender, or (dis)ability status. The curriculum for the course is already developed and an instructor would be assigned a full-time faculty mentor to support in implementing the curriculum.
An instructor is responsible for the following:
- Preparing actively for teaching the course.
- Teaching the course twice a week. The course meets during the school day (8am-4pm). We have courses available either on MW or on TR.
- Grading assignments and exams for the course.
- Holding regular office hours to meet with students.