The Mathematics Enthusiast
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary), Elementary school teachers -- Training of, Mathematics teachers -- Training of, Teaching teams, Mentoring in education
In order to be effectively prepared by a teacher education program, prospective elementary teachers (PTs) need to experience high quality mathematics instruction in their mathematics content courses. The instructors of these courses typically consist of individuals (mathematicians and mathematics educators) with ranging experiences, from tenured faculty members to first-year assistant professors or graduate students. This paper explores how to support novice mathematics teacher educators (MTEs) who are teaching elementary content coursework for PTs for the first time. We detail and describe how to implement three systems for supporting novice MTEs: working with a mentor, being provided with educative curriculum materials, and working in a collaborative teaching environment. We close by discussing specific challenges associated with these supports, and call for more institutions to share how they have successfully implemented systems to support novice MTEs.
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Suppa, S., DiNapoli, J., Thanheiser, E., Tobias, J. M., & Yeo, S. (June 2020). Supporting novice mathematics teacher educators teaching elementary mathematics content courses for the first time. In A. Appova, R. M. Welder, and Z. Feldman, (Eds.), Supporting Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Knowledge and Practices for Teaching Content to Prospective (Grades K-8) Teachers. Special Issue: The Mathematics Enthusiast, ISSN 1551-3440, vol. 17, nos. 2 & 3, pp. 493– 536. ScholarWorks: University of Montana. Retrieve (open access) from: https://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme