Tracy Weston
Office
Twilight Hall 109
Tel
(802) 443-5846
Email
tweston@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
On leave Winter&Spring 2024

I’m a mathematics teacher educator who studies mathematical knowledge in teaching, teacher noticing, and pre-service teacher education. Come talk with me about our licensure program—now a double major!

Prof. Weston’s CV

Courses Taught

Course Description

Environmental Education
In this interdisciplinary course students will learn foundational principles and practices in environmental education. Topics include ecological citizenship, environmental literacy, place-based education, learning theories, nature pedagogy, school gardens, and forest schools. Most class sessions will be held outdoors, where students will apply and extend their learning, develop lessons, and practice teaching. This course is appropriate for students interested in outdoor environmental education in formal or non-formal settings with any age between early childhood and high school. Field experiences with community partners occur outside of class. Approval Required (EDST 0115) 3hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2024

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Course Description

Reading & Writing the World: Teaching Literacy and Social Studies in the Elementary School
In this course, we examine what it means to be literate in the 21st century and ways in which all students can be empowered by the texts and teaching they encounter in schools. Students will develop their ability to enact literacy instruction based on current research about how children learn to read and write. We will take a critical look at texts—fiction, nonfiction, and historical—to consider the ways that texts read and write the world, develop abilities to select texts that empower all learners, and analyze retellings of historical events/persons to take into account multiple perspectives. Many class sessions occur onsite at a local elementary school to provide consistent practice and supportive feedback on authentic components of teaching (transportation provided). In addition to class sessions, students will complete field experiences in a K-6 classroom in the Middlebury area to see the workings of an entire class.

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022

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Course Description

Elementary Science Methods
In this course we will investigate children’s scientific understanding and how to design learning experiences to advance their understanding. Working closely with practicing elementary school teachers, students will spend time each week in local schools, observing science instruction, conducting assessments, lesson planning, and teaching standards-based lessons. Students will learn to use a claim/evidence/reasoning framework to develop children’s scientific explanations. We will also study recent research in science education and the engineering and design process. Students will gain an understanding of how to plan, implement, and assess science instruction through seminars. Students will also continue to work on their Vermont licensure portfolio. [Open to EDST Elementary Licensure candidates only]. (Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Winter 2023, Fall 2023

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Course Description

Elementary Math Methods
In this course we will approach mathematics as the construction of ideas rather than the memorization of facts and rules. We will investigate children’s mathematical reasoning, how to construct learning experiences to advance conceptual development, and how a social justice stance enables math to be a source of empowerment for children. Many class sessions occur at a local elementary school (transportation provided) so students can ground their thinking about course topics within a school, and consistently practice and receive feedback on authentic components of teaching. Students will also complete field experiences in a local K-6 classroom and Vermont licensure requirements. (EDST 0306) 3 hrs. lect./1 hrs. disc

Terms Taught

Spring 2022, Spring 2023

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Course Description

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
A semester-long practicum in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Student Teaching in Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Student Teaching Seminar
Concurrent with student teaching, this course is designed to provide guidance in curriculum development and its implementation in the classroom, and to explore issues related to the teaching process and the profession. Students will construct a Teaching Licensure Portfolio as well as exchange ideas about their student teaching experiences. Topics including technology, classroom management, special education, and assessment will be featured. The Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, the five Standards for Vermont Educators, the Principles for Vermont Educators, and ROPA-R will guide the development of the Teacher Licensure Portfolio. (Corequisite: EDST 0405, EDST 0406, EDST 0407 or EDST 0415, EDST 0416 EDST 0417) (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024

Requirements

CW

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Course Description

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
A semester-long practicum in a local middle or high school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2023

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
See EDST 0415. (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2023

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Student Teaching in the Middle School/High School
See EDST 0415. (Approval required)

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2023

Requirements

non-standard grade

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Course Description

Senior Seminar in Education Studies
In this capstone seminar for General Education minors, students will engage, analyze, and offer solutions to real world problems in the current landscape of education. We will read extensively in the field, consider multiple research methods and approaches, and enlist community experts. Working across disciplines and collaboratively, students will create final projects that integrate and apply what they have learned in their coursework, developing and enhancing skills for creative problem solving and leadership in the field. Final projects will vary; all students will make oral presentations. (three of five required courses for the general EDST minor.) 3 hrs. Sem.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022, Spring 2023

Requirements

SOC

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Course Description

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Terms Taught

Winter 2021, Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025

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