Author Archives: Chris Brownell

Episode 88 | Comparing Traditional and Constructivist Oriented Pedagogies

n May 2018 FPU will graduate the first group of Master’s degree students, who have been scholarshipped by AIMS in the present manner. During the Summer of 2018 we will be hearing from some of them on ZPC.

Cassie Siesemore joins Chris via Zoom this week, there are some audio difficulties because of internet connection problems for this we apologize. Cassie recently conducted an active study in a classroom in which she attempted a Controlled experiment in which she taught students in a mode she characterizes as “Constructivist,” while another teacher maintained a more “traditional” approach. Both teachers taught a unit in the same content and topics, pre & post assessments were conducted and compared.

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AIMS Scholars Finishing the Race

When I started working for AIMS in 2014, we started the AIMS Scholars program. Now I know some of you reading this have received scholarship funds from the AIMS Foundation in the past (myself included), and therefore might wonder what I mean by “started.” During the 2014-2015 academic year, a public campaign was rolled out… Continue Reading

Episode 82 | Professional Learning at AIMS

Chris is joined in studio by AIMS Director of Professional Learning, Debbie Porcarelli. They discuss the evolving culture surrounding teachers’ professional lives, she casts a vision for planning with districts and individual schools that are completed, this is in response to what she has observed where districts begin down a path of professional support only… Continue Reading

Episode 80 | Great Adventures With Grace Florez: Researcher Ventures into the Classroom

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… Continue Reading

Episode 79 | What Could a Math Intervention Course Look Like?

Chris is joined via Google Hangout by Karen Wootton an author and director for CPM Education (formerly College Preparatory Mathematics). They discuss a project CPM has in the design phase right now. Students who have struggled with Algebra 1 or some of its precursor courses are often directed into a second course in mathematics typically… Continue Reading