Focusing the Video Lenses Tool to Build Deeper Understandings of Early Childhood Contexts

  • Amy Noelle ParksEmail author
  • Anita A. Wager


This chapter describes how the Video Lenses tool in the Classroom Practices Module from the Teachers Empowered to Advance Change in Mathematics (TEACH Math) project can be used to support teachers to learn to teach mathematics in ways that are developmentally responsive. We see this as particularly useful for teacher educators who may not have ever taught in early childhood contexts or may not have earned a degree related to early childhood or elementary teacher preparation but who are nonetheless responsible for preparing PK-3 teachers in mathematics methods courses. We suggest extending the Video Lenses tool with questions particular to early childhood contexts (e.g., “How long are children expected to engage in a particular task” and “Does the task design allow children to act like children?”), provide analyses of freely available videos, and suggest other videos to use in mathematics methods coursework.


Mathematics education Centers Early childhood Elementary education Place value Play 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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