Across all of my research I seek to better understand students’ meaningful learning of mathematics and the nature of supports for that learning.
Lately I’ve been playing with new framings of ideas, pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.
Below is a list of my current projects (and the stage they are in, last updated May 2018). Sometimes I struggle with having so many projects. One thing I find to help alleviate the struggle is to continue to curate, refine, and clarify both the SCOPE of my projects and the FOCUS of the work. This way I can not only move the work forward, but I can also more easily share the work with others.
Reality Math Circle
Focus: How do students experience meaningful learning of mathematics? How do the components of reality pedagogy (vis-a-vis @chrisemdin #HipHopEd) play out in an after school enrichment opportunity? See video on reality pedagogy here. *This project is funded by Syracuse University School of Education. This is a research practice-partnership with Syracuse City Schools.
Learning Trajectories in Algebra
Focus:A learning trajectory integrates conceptual learning goals, mathematical instructional activity, and students’ conceptions vis-a-vis their discursive activity. How does students’ conceptual understanding grow in relation to instructional supports? What is unique about a learning trajectory approach in modeling learning and supports for learning? See video on learning trajectories here.
Focus: What does it mean to teach mathematics with kindness in mind? How are cognition, emotion, social relation, and sensation experienced in math learning? How do these dimensions of experience amplify meaningful math learning — especially at the intersection of mathematics and mindfulness?
Research and Practice
Focus: How are community, collaboration, and communication central to linking research and practice in mathematics education? What are productive images and metaphors for linking research and practice (that help us move beyond a deficiency or ‘gap’ focused storyline). Here is an example of a video I created on linking research to practice.
Representational Fluency and Meaning Making
Focus: Representational fluency involves creating, interpreting, and connecting multiple representations to draw meaning about mathematical ideas. Here is a video of this work.
Another thing I struggle with is when it is OK to share the work. Sometimes the formalism of journal publications makes it seems as though that is the best time to share the work – once formally accepted by the community. This masks so much of the nature of research – the forming of the ideas. It is truly a creative process.
As such, you will notice in these projects that some are seeds, while some are sprouting. Like these flowers, that represent a learning trajectory for children’s mathematics. With the right supports and conditions, they, too, will grow and flourish.
Does this work interest you? Reach out. I’d love to hear from you.
@nmlfonger Nicole L. Fonger. (aka the notorious Dr. Nicky)