Author Archives: Chris Brownell

Episode 9 | Kindergarten Readiness with Tim Yeager

After stating a rather shocking statistic that indicates the overwhelming majority of five year olds enter Kindergarten “not ready” according to one assessment. Tim talks to us about how two varieties of early learning based on two professors theories on how children learn. After a failure in efforts, these professors stepped back from an effort to, “catch children up,” and began to focus on the idea that children are constantly learning. We discuss what comes out of this research, specifically two varieties of learning in children: Naming, and Observational.

Episode 7 | Early Mathematical Understandings

Wilma Hashimoto is one of the AIMS Center’s Research Associates working on a project focused on the pre-school years and how children build their earliest understandings of mathematical thought. We focus on how early understandings of mathematics affect learning trajectories can influence success in later schooling. We also examine what sort of things can and should comprise early mathematics instruction. A point about creating “intentional” mathematical learning opportunities is also examined. We get to talk about Spew too!

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Episode 6 | Parameters of Effective Lessons that Encourage Class Discussion

In the studio with Mike Fenton, an Activity Constructor for the Desmos graphing calculator company. We talk about the Desmos Guidelines for Activity Development, and how they reflect a solid commitment to student centered learning, and developing lessons that require and encourage discussion in the classroom. A little discussion into what he refers to as… Continue Reading

Episode 3 | Units Coordination, Its Place and Role in Mathematical Understandings

Joining us today via Skype is Dr. Andy Norton of Virginia Tech University. He will be discussing an area of research he is focused upon known as Units Coordination. This is an idea that has been shown to be critical to students’ abilities to understand the Part to Whole relationship in fractions, and more abstract… Continue Reading

The FPU-AIMS Connection

Sometimes, when I am asked where I work I reply, “The AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, on the campus of Fresno Pacific University.” Pretty much a mouthful for sure, so usually I stick to the morsel sized, “The AIMS Center for Math and Science.” The first however points to a partnership between the… Continue Reading