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Megan L. Franke
Megan L. Franke started listening to children back in her mom’s kindergarten class. She was inspired by how much they had to say and how much they noticed about the world around them. Her mom and her grandmother inspired her desire to teach, but also encouraged her to continue to ask more questions and go back to school. Her third-grade students continue to inform her teaching today--if only she knew then what she knows now. Graduate school at the University of Wisconsin--Madison introduced her to transcribing student math interviews, the joys and frustrations of data collection, and Cognitively Guided Instruction. CGI changed her life and allowed her to become a part of the most amazing community of CGI teachers. She has been learning from CGI teachers and their students and administrators ever since.
After graduate school Megan joined the faculty in the department of Education at UCLA where she has had the opportunity to engage with amazing scholars and graduate students who have helped her think more about issues of social justice, inequities and children’s thinking. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting teacher learning for both preservice and inservice teachers. She studies how teachers making use of research-based information about the development of children’s mathematical thinking to support students to learn mathematics. She is particularly interested in how teaching mathematics with attention to students’ mathematical thinking can challenge existing school structures and create opportunities for the students who have been marginalized to learn mathematics with understanding. In addition, Megan designs, prepares, and studies the preparation of mathematics teachers focused on early childhood through sixth grade. Her research work to support teachers, schools, and communities was recognized with the 2012 AERA Research into Practice Award. In addition, Franke was the co-PI of the Center for Diversity in Mathematics Education (DiME) and worked across universities to support fellows active in studying equity issues in mathematics education. DiME was awarded the AERA Division G Henry Trueba Award. Dr. Megan Franke was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2017.
While Megan L. Franke learns regularly from her research work and can use it to help shape policy and practice, what drives much of her thinking is her work with students, teachers, and administrators as they take on the challenges of adapting their mathematical practice to meet the needs of students. She has worked with teachers from preschool through middle school, in districts large and small, in rural, suburban and urban contexts across the United States. She is currently partnering with the UCLA Mathematics Project and LAUSD to provide professional development in sixty elementary schools and six preschool centers. She and her colleagues in CGI have written a series of books for teachers: Children’s Mathematics,Young Children’s Mathematics, andThinking Mathematically (Heinemann). Her newest title coauthored with Elham Kazemi and Angela Chan Turrou, Choral Counting and Counting Collections, is new from Stenhouse, Fall 2018.
Megan’s children Tessa and Joshua, now in their twenties, and her husband, Todd, are often heard saying things like, "Wouldn’t these make a great counting collection?" ...or maybe you should ask her how she figured that out.
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Choral Counting & Counting Collections
In this influential book from collaborative authors Megan L Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK – 5 Math Classroom, explores ways in which two routines -- Choral Counting and Counting Collections -- can transform your elementary math classroom, your students' math understanding, and your partnerships with families. It paints a vision for how deeply and creatively children can engage with ideas of number and operations and mathematical reasoning through counting.
PreK – Grade 5 Counting Activities: Choral Counting & Counting Collections brings new depth and dimension to two foundational features of the elementary school curriculum consistent with national and state standards. The book is organized by grade-level bands
Choral Counting: Choral Counting involves the teacher leading students in counting aloud together followed by a lively discussion of patterns they notice in the number sequence
Counting Collections: In Counting Collections, students figure out how many items are in a collection of fun objects then come up with a way to record their strategy
New Strategies for Elementary Math: Choral Counting & Counting Collections demonstrates how to facilitate open-ended counting activities to deepen children's number sense as part of an approach to teaching student-centric mathematics
Benefits of Counting Activities: Counting activities can product both social and academic benefits and can help teachers engage with families to build on students' mathematical thinking
The authors have collected the wisdom of math teachers and researchers across the country who explore activities that are both playful and intentional, simple and sophisticated. If you're looking for ways to bring new energy into your math instruction, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK - 5 Math Classroom is the perfect book for you and your students.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion