Associate Professor of Educational Studies Matthew Knoester is the co-author of a new book. “Learning to Cross Divides: Examining Critical Multicultural and Bilingual Schools” was […]
Meet Matthew Knoester
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Ed.M., Harvard University
- B.A., St. Olaf College
I became an educator because I find it endlessly fascinating. There are so many angles to think about teaching and education at all levels, from how to build trusting relationships with students, to thinking about ways to pursue research and inquiry with students, to analyzing educational policy. I began my career as a teacher at the high school level, then later became an elementary school teacher, then pursued a Ph.D. and became a college professor. Most of my K-12 teaching was in the Boston Public Schools. But my graduate work, research, and family connections brought me back to the midwest, and to a focus on educational research and teaching pre-service teachers. I teach courses generally focusing on literacy, elementary curricula, differentiating instruction, and educational assessment.
What’s the best advice about teaching you’ve ever received?
Teachers don’t “teach the topic,” they teach the students.
What’s your workspace like?
My office is cozy, professional, lots of books and teaching materials, and a great view of old trees!
What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer?
Look for the best in other people first.
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