Madelyn Williams-Colonnese

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Reading and Elementary Education
Assistant Professor
COED 371
704-687-8702

Profile
Dr. Madelyn W. Colonnese is an assistant professor in the Reading and Elementary Education Department. She teachers undergraduate elementary education courses and graduate courses in mathematics education. Her research focuses on mathematical writing. Students are often encouraged to write in mathematics class however, this writing does not always engage students in writing to advance their mathematical understanding. As a member of the Elementary Mathematical Writing Task Force, she helped to clarify the purpose of mathematical writing, as writing to reason and to communicate mathematically. She is currently investigating ways to support teachers with this instructional practice.

Education
Ph.D. - Curriculum and Instruction, University of Connecticut, 2017
M.A. - Elementary Education, University of Connecticut, 2010
B.S. - Elementary Education, University of Connecticut, 2009


Teaching
Instructional Design and Technology Integration with Elementary School Learners
Assessing, Modifying, and Integrating Mathematics
 

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise
Elementary Mathematics Education 
Classroom Discourse 
Curriculum Development 
Teacher Education


Awards & Honors
“Connecting class talk with individual student writing” honored by the Editorial Panel as the Volume-Year favorite article published in Teaching Children Mathematics: 2012


Selected Publications
Casa, T. M., Evans, K., Firmender, J. M., & Colonnese, M. W. (2017). Why should students 
write in math class? Educational Leadership, 74(5), available at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb17/vol74/num05/Why-Should-Students-Write-in-Math-Class%C2%A2.aspx 

Casa, T. M., Firmender, J. M., Cahill, J., Cardetti, F., Choppin, J. M., Cohen, J., 
Cole, S., Colonnese, M.W.… Zawodniak, R. (2016). Types of and purposes for elementary mathematical writing: Task force recommendations. Retrieved from http://mathwriting.education.uconn.edu. 

Colonnese, M. W., Cohen, J.A., & Casa, T.M. (2015). Characteristics of second 
graders’ mathematical writing: Companion paper. School Science and Mathematics, 115(7), 344-355.

Williams, M. M., & Casa, T. M. (December 2011/January 2012). Connecting 
class talk with individual student writing. Teaching Children Mathematics, 18(5), 314 - 321.