Grace Florez took the Fall of 2018 and taught in a Kindergarten classroom. She had spent the previous year and half focusing her mental efforts on learning the theoretical framework outlined by the researchers she and her fellow associates have been studying. She tells us of some of her experiences as the mathematics instructor for her group of five-year olds. Our discussion focuses upon the expectation that children would come in to school as students who began as “perceptual” students (if a collection of objects were hidden from view they could not begin to count them in the abstract). She discusses what she saw change within those students between August and December.
Her experiences both confirmed and challenged her expectations and affirmed her love for teaching, it is obvious in her own talk.