Q&A with Elham Kazemi, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Professional Learning, University of Washington
There are few subjects more apt to generate heart palpitations and sweaty palms than math. For many of us, math is a time bomb of anxiety — loaded with memories of standing before a blackboard, clutching a piece of chalk and wondering if spontaneous human combustion was a viable option.
Today’s math education is far removed from the teaching methods most of us grew up with. Dr. Elhan Kazemi, Associate Dean for Professional Learning and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Washington shares her perspectives on thoroughly modern math instruction, as well as steadying advice to parents who still need to help their children with their math homework.
Topics covered in the video include:
- Trends in math education over the past few decades
- Perspectives on teacher support and preparedness in math education
- Efforts in instruction practices today to help reduce math anxiety in teachers and students
- Parents' role in supporting their children's understanding and enjoyment of math
- Advice for parents when it comes to helping older kids with their homework
- Student identity and performance in the classroom
- And more
About Elham Kazemi, Ph.D.
Her teaching and research interests include socio-cultural analyses of learning and change, teacher development and school reform initiatives — centering on mathematics education.