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Paul Reimer

Subject Expertise: Mathematics education; formative assessment; inquiry-based learning
Education: PhD (in progress) from Michigan State University; MA in Education (Mathematics) from Fresno Pacific University; BA in International Studies from George Fox University
Hometown: Fresno, CA


I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.

Professional Experience: Teacher, consultant, mathematics specialist, instructional coach

Scholarly Interests: Foster deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics; constructivism; assessment; algebraic thinking; brain-based learning; classroom discourse

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 139 

Favorite Music: Folk, singer/songwriter

Favorite Activities: Music, travel, backpacking, Nordic skiing, vegetable gardening

Family Info: Married, three children 

What Matters: Asking good questions

What I Like About FPU: Commitment to academic, personal, and spiritual formation