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Maps of Interaction in Math Classrooms

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These are maps of traditional math classrooms of community college math instructors who have been identified as excellent instructors. Two things to notice: …

These are maps of traditional math classrooms of community college math instructors who have been identified as excellent instructors. Two things to notice:
1. Almost all the interaction is instructor-to-student (not student-to-student).
2. There are many students in every classroom that are never involved in an interaction.

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  • Actually, these are completely non-technology classrooms. The researcher who does the mapping is Vilma Mesa. I use these to point out how little interaction there is for most students in a traditional math classroom. Almost no student-to-student interaction, and most instructor-to-student interaction involves about 3 students.
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  • It looks like you have fewer questions when you incorporate technology. Have I misunderstood that? looks like the most questions come with blackboard use. Thank you for sharing this. Who mapped the classroom dynamics if you don't mind my asking?
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  • 1. Classroom Maps
    Research by
    Vilma Mesa
    University Of Michigan
    Posted with Vilma’s permission.
  • 2. These five examples are published here so others can understand the math classroom experience …
  • 3. … and to demonstrate how better evaluation or observation of classroom teaching activities could be performed.
  • 4. Classroom Maps Legend
    Answers
    Female
    Male
    Questions
    Instructor
    Conversations
    (any kind, arrows
    show direction)
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  • 10. Mesa, V. (2010). Student participation in mathematics lessons taught by seven successful community college instructors. Adults Learning Mathematics, 5, 64-88.
    Page 64 after you follow this link:
    http://www.alm-online.net/images/ALM/journals/almij-volume5_1_june2010.pdf

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