Denny Gillingham   Denny Gillingham

dennygillingham *at* gmail *dot* com
EMST, in progress since Fall 2011

I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program at UC-Berkeley.  Prior to attending Cal, I taught for nine years at a public high school in suburban Milwaukee.  I thoroughly enjoyed working with a driven student body, and a knowledgeable staff.  A particular focus of my efforts was spent in developing investigatory-type activities that aimed at actively engaging students in the process of building comprehensive understanding of mathematical concepts.  Also, during my final year in the classroom, I was able to use and get a glimpse at the power of using an interactive whiteboard to enrich students’ understanding of geometry.  While teaching, I obtained a M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction (specialization: mathematics education) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My adviser was Eric Knuth.

Research Interests:
Broadly speaking, I am interested in determining what teacher actions lead students toward deep, nuanced forms of understanding.  Also, to further specify what are the attributes of this form of knowing.  Additionally, I am interested in studying how a teacher’s pedagogical content knowledge develops.