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Megan Hope Wickstrom

2-235 Wilson Hall


Mathematical Sciences
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2400
email: megan.wickstrom@montana.edu
phone: (406) 994-5026
website: www.meganwickstrom.com

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. Mathematics Education
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois May 2014
Dissertation: An Examination of Teachers' Perceptions of Learning Trajectory
Based Professional Development in Relation to Student Thinking and Classroom
Instruction.

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Langrall
Committee Members: Dr. Jae Baek
Dr. Beth Hatt
Dr. Jeffrey Barrett
Dr. Tami Martin

M.S. Mathematics Education
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois May 2009
Thesis: The Effects of Playing Board Games on Pre-probability Knowledge of
Fourth Grade Students
Chairs: Dr. Edward Mooney
Dr. Cynthia Langrall
B.A. Mathematics
Saint Marys College, Notre Dame, Indiana May 2007
Senior Paper and Presentation: Network Flows and the Max-Flow Min-Cut
Theorem
Advisor: Dr. Mary Connolly

Mathematics Teaching Certification (Grades 6 12) May 2007
State of Indiana and State of Illinois

Publications

Wickstrom, M. H., Wilm, S., Johnson, A., Mills, E., Leonard, N., and Larberg, R. (in
preparation). Making meaningful mistakes: Pre-service teachers experiments in
teaching.

Wickstrom, M. H., & Neitz, J. (under review) Its not fair: Students conceptions and
applications of probability through game play.

Wickstrom, M. H., (under review) Challenging a teachers perceptions of mathematical
smartness through reflections on students thinking.

Wickstrom, M. H., & Jurczak, L. M., (in press). Inch by inch, we measure. Teaching
Children Mathematics.

Wickstrom, M. H., Nelson, J., & Chumbley, J. (in press). Area conceptions sprout on
earth day. Teaching Children Mathematics.

Wickstrom, M. H., & Wessman-Enzinger, N. M. (in press). A new spin on fair sharing.
The Wisconsin Mathematics Teacher.

Wickstrom, M. H. (2014). Piecing it together. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(4),
220-227.

Wickstrom, M. H. (2014) Teachers Perceptions and Implementations of Learning
Trajectory Based Professional Development (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from
Proquest Dissertation and Theses Database (Order Number 3623483).

Wickstrom, M.H., Baek, J., Barrett, J., Cullen, C., & Tobias, J. (2013). The effects of
learning trajectory based professional development on teachers' noticing. Proceedings
of the 35th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International
Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 970). Chicago, IL:
University of Illinois-Chicago.

Wickstrom, M. H., Baek, J., Barrett, J., Cullen, C., Tobias, J. (2012). A teachers
noticing of childrens understanding of linear measurement. Proceedings of the 34th
Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the
Psychology of Mathematics Education. (pp.488 494) Kalamazoo, MI: Western
Michigan University.

McFadden, M. H. (2009). The effects of playing board games on pre-probability
knowledge of fourth grade students. Illinois State University: unpublished masters
thesis

Appointments

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education: Department of Mathematical Sciences,
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, August 2014-Present.
Courses Taught:
Math 132: Number and Operations for K-8 Teachers
Math 133: Geometry and Measurement for K-8 Teachers

Doctoral Teaching Instructor: Department of Mathematics. Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois, January 2013-May 2014.
Courses Taught:
Math 130: Dimensions of Numerical Reasoning
Math 201: Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
Doctoral Research Assistant: Department of Mathematics and the State of Illinois,
Normal, Illinois, August 2011-September 2013.
Research assistant for the Formative Assessment in Elementary Mathematics
(FAEM) grant.
Within this professional development, I worked with 24 elementary teachers (K-
5) as they learned how to use learning trajectories as a tool for formative
assessment. Duties included: assisting in preparing summer and school year
professional development days, developing and teaching mathematical and
pedagogical content activities, mentoring small groups of teachers, conducting
group discussions as well as individual interviews, collecting and organizing data
for later analysis, analyzing video data, interviews, and assessments, preparing
presentations, and contributing to the preparation of the annual report.
Middle School Mathematics Teacher: Holy Trinity Junior High School, Bloomington,
Illinois, August 2009-May 2011.
Courses Taught:
Basic Mathematics
Pre-Algebra
Algebra

Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Mathematics, Illinois State University,
Normal, Illinois, August 2007- May 2009.

Research assistant for the National Science Foundation Partnership for Research
in Science and Mathematics Education (PRISM) grant.
Within this position, I partnered with elementary and middle school teachers
across central Illinois to design and research mathematics lessons collaboratively.
Responsibilities included: designing lesson plans and assessments, co-teaching
classroom lessons and activities, and sharing these experiences with other
teachers in professional development settings.

High School Mathematics Teacher: Mishawaka High School, Mishawaka, Indiana,
August 2006-May 2007.
Courses Taught:
Regular Geometry
Inclusion Geometry

Mathematics Tutor: Saint Marys College, Notre Dame, Indiana, August 2003-May
2007.

Presentations

Wickstrom, M. H. (2014, October). Rethinking what it means to be "smart" at
mathematics. MEA-MFT Annual Meeting. Missoula, Montana.

Wickstrom, M. H. (2014, April) Challenging teachers' perceptions of mathematical
smartness. Poster session presented at NCTM 2014 Research Presession. New
Orleans, LA.

Wickstrom, M. H. (2014, March). Teacher's perceptions and implementations of
learning trajectory based professional development. Dissertation defended at Illinois
State University, Normal, Illinois.

Wickstrom, M. H., Baek, J., Barrett, J., Cullen, C., & Tobias, J. (2013, November). The
effects of learning trajectory based professional development on teachers' noticing.
Poster session presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter
of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Chicago,
Illinois.

Wessman-Enzinger, N.M, & Wickstrom, M. H., (April 2013). Write mathematics into
the story. NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Denver, CO.

Wickstrom, M. H., & Wessman-Enzinger, N. M., (April 2013). Take a chance:
Connecting probability to rational number reasoning. NCTM 2013 Annual Meeting
and Exposition. Denver, CO.

Wickstrom, M. H., Baek, J., Barrett, J., Cullen, C., Tobias, J. (January 2013). Teachers
noticing of childrens understanding of linear measurement. AMTE 2013
Conference. Orlando, FL.

Wickstrom, M. H. (October 2012). AfterMath: Careers using a mathematics degree.
Panel Discussion at Saint Mary's College. Notre Dame, IN.

Wickstrom, M. H., Barrett, J., Cullen, C. (October 2012). Learning trajectory based
professional development. Presented at the Measurement Mini-Center at Michigan
State University. East Lansing, MI.

Barrett, J., Cullen, C., Baek, J., Tobias, J., & Wickstrom, M. (April 2012). The role of
learning trajectories in professional development. Presented at NCTM 2012 Research
Presession. Philadelphia, PA.

Cullen, C., & Wickstrom, M. H. (March 3, 2012). The role of learning trajectories in
professional development. Illinois State University Group for Education and Research
in Mathematics. Normal, IL.

Related Experiences

Article Reviewer: January 2011 - Present

Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
Mathematics Teacher Educator
Teaching Children Mathematics
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
Mathematics Teacher

Student Teacher Supervisor: Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, Spring 2012.
Illinois State University



Professional Memberships

Member: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Member: Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators