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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 at 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.


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What’s the best advice about teaching you’ve ever received? Teachers don’t “teach the topic,” they teach the students.

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What’s your workspace like? My office is cozy, professional, lots of books and teaching materials, and a great view of old trees!

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What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? Look for the best in other people first.



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Transitioning to online classes from a teacher’s perspective

Transitioning to an online class format for the first time in the middle of a semester was a challenge for faculty and students alike. One […]

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New book by Matthew Knoester receives national recognition

A recent book by Matthew Knoester, associate professor of educational studies, has been recognized by the American Educational Studies Association. Beyond Testing: Seven Assessments of […]

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Ripon receives National Science Foundation grant to study quantitative reasoning

A team of Ripon College faculty has received a National Science Foundation grant of $297,715 for the project “Building Capacity for Interdisciplinary Quantitative Reasoning Instruction.” […]