“The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another.”
-George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Metaphors We Live By
My research interest lies in teaching for understanding in the high school mathematics classroom--specifically, in how discussion and discovery centric teaching and learning models facilitate deeper understanding. I seek to create and examine learning environments that increase the demand on the use of mathematical language with online written communication tools, as it affords the opportunity to make more explicit the application of mathematical language in students’ developing understanding. Specifically, exploring the effects of dehumanizing peer-to-peer interactions by utilizing blended and online learning models as an opportunity for creating such constraints is my area of focus.