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TEDxNCSU - Valerie Faulkner - Teaching To The Analog Brain In The Digital World

Valerie Faulkner is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education department at NC State where she specializes in Math Methods. Her background includes a B.A. in Anthropology from Duke University, an M.Ed. in Special Education from NC State, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics also from NC State. Because her own interest in math waned as she went through middle and high school and because of her extensive experience in the public schools as a special educator, she has had the opportunity to see mathematics instruction from the view of the underdog. This experience inspired her to develop a specialty in mathematics education and to promote instruction that merges what we know about the brain with what we know about rigorous mathematics. In particular, she advocates that behaviorism is correct and constructivism is correct: The understood dichotomy that has arisen between the two is false and damaging.Valerie has published two extensive textbook and teacher resource guides for teaching pre- algebra to high school students along with two practitioner articles on number sense. She recently published an article from her dissertation that investigates students with an identified disability, teacher impressions of student ability, actual student ability, and how these variables predict placement in algebra by the eighth grade.About TEDx, x = independently organized event.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx, event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance fro the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).
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