MSU Teacher Education Program Focuses on “Teacher Noticing”

Missouri State University professors bringing along the latest generation of teachers are focusing on something called “teacher noticing” and the impact it has on student learning.

The concept of “teacher noticing” involves teachers listening to how students express their ideas and modifying their instructions to be able to better support that student.

“Teachers notice particular things in certain ways. When they’re in the classroom, they have to think about what a child says and what is important about that idea,” Dr. Mandy Benedict-Chambers, MSU Associate Professor, said in a statement. “They have to modify their instruction to better support that student’s learning.”

Benedict-Chambers gave an example of a lesson being taught in a third-grade classroom on condensation. The students weren’t comprehending the way the teacher was talking about the sweat on the side of a cold can of soda.

“The next day, she brought back these cold soda cans. Then she gave students white paper towels,” Benedict-Chambers said. “The students would wipe the side of the cold can and would see that there’s no brown soda. It helped them to develop some evidence that it’s actually the water vapor condensing on the side of the can.”

Professors video record the classes so that they can watch them back with students to slow down the lesson and observe student response. MSU professors also use the video to review teacher performance.

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