Email: lau.matty (at) gmail.com
Doctor of Philosophy, 2010, Science Education, University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation: Understanding the dynamics of teacher attention: case studies of how high school physics and physical science teachers attend to student ideas.
Advisors: Drs. David Hammer and Andrew Elby
Bachelors of Arts, Physics, 1997, Bryn Mawr College
Senior Thesis: The use of pulse NMR to study local structures in the organic solid 2-tertiarybutlyanthraquinone.
Advisor: Dr. Peter Beckmann
Research Assistant (6/05 – 8/08) for NSF ESI 0455711 project: “What influences teachers’ modifications of curriculum?” Science Teaching Center, University of Maryland (PIs: Drs. David Hammer, Janet Coffey and Andrew Elby)
Research Assistant (9/02 – 5/04) for NSF ESI 9986846 project: Case studies into student inquiry into physical science, Science Teaching Center, University of Maryland (PIs: Drs. David Hammer and Emily van Zee)
Research Assistant (9/00 – 12/00) for Drs. Richard Steinberg and Seth Rosenberg, Department of Physics and School of Education, City College of New York
Program Officer (9/08- 6/09) for Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
University Teaching Experience
Co-Instructor (09-present), Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, PHYS 591, Physics 2: Foundations of Science
Integrated Science Education Program (MISEP)
Instructor (8/04–5/05), Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, EDCI 372, Issues of Teaching and Learning in Elementary School Science
Supervisor (8/04–5/05), Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland
Teaching and Research Assistant (9/03-12/03), Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, EDCI 695, the Teaching and Learning of Science
Secondary & Middle School Teaching Experience
Course developer and teacher (6/04–8/04), The Governor’s School of North Carolina (residential summer school), Area I: Natural Science and Area III: Self & Society
Science Teacher (9/99-6/02), The Berkeley Carroll School.
Science and Mathematics Teacher (9/97–6/99) The Saddle River Day School
Fellowships, Grants & Awards
Fellowship, College of Education, University of Maryland, College of Education, 2003-2004.
Travel Grants, College of Education, University of Maryland, 2007, 2005; the International School of Physics, Research on Physic Education Session, 2003.
Lau, M. and Elby, A. (2008) Two distinct ways of attending to the substance of students’ ideas. Proceedings of the International Conference for the Learning Sciences, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Beckmann, P. A., Burbank, K. S., Lau, M. M. W., Ree, J. N., Weber, T. L. (2002). “Solid state proton spin-lattice relaxation in four structurally related organic molecules.” Chemical Physics, 290, 241-250.
Manuscripts in progress
Elby, A., Lau, M., Hammer, D. Accounting for variability in a teacher’s epistemology: Resources and framing. Submitted.
Lau, M., Hammer, D., Elby, A. Hovan, D. Framing as a tool for understanding variability in teacher attention. In preparation.
Lau, M. and Elby, A. Dave’s 9th-grade physics class: a “sticky” shift from eliciting ideas to finding correct answers, poster presented in an interactive poster session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO, April 2010.
Lau, M., Elby, A., Myeson, J. Two distinct ways of attending to the substance of student ideas, poster presented at the International Conference of the Learning Science, Utretch, Netherlands, June 2008.
Lau, M. “Is that what you are saying?”: An investigations into how a teacher attends to student ideas, data presentation given at the 29th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA, February 2008.
Lau, M., Hammer, D., Elby, A., Hovan, D. Framing as a Tool for Understanding Variability in Teacher Attention and Interaction, poster presented in an interactive poster session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, April 2007.
Lau, M., Elby, A., Hammer, D., Hovan, D. Case for variability in teaching practice, talk presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Syracuse, NY, July 2006.
Lau, M., Elby, A., Hammer, D., Hovan, D. How a teacher framed his interactions with his students: a window into the complexities of practice, poster presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Syracuse, NY, July 2006.
Lau, M. and Hammer, D. What a teacher hears: A case of how a teaching intern makes sense of student ideas in science, poster presented in an interactive poster session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada, April 2005.
Lau, M. and Hammer, D., Making sense of Student Ideas- what one pre-service teacher noticed in his elementary science class, talk presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Sacramento, CA July 2004.
Hutchison, P. and Lau, M. Bad at Science but Good at Inquiry? A Case Study, talk presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Madison, WI, August 2003.
Lau, M. Examples of Student Inquiry in a 5th grade classroom, poster presentation at the National Science Teachers Association’s National Conference, March 2003.
Lau, M. Sense-making in science: a proposal for a teacher professional development program. Invited talk given at Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, Moorestown, NJ May 2008
Lau, M. Understanding the dynamics of teacher attention. Invited talk given at TERC, Cambridge, MA March 2008.
Hammer, D. and Lau, M. Helping Pre-service Elementary Teachers Learn to Attend to Student Thinking, invited talk given at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference, Miami, FL, January, 2004.
Conference on Videocases for Analysis of Science. LessonLab Research Institute. Santa Monica, CA, 2006.
Featured in article, “Teachers who make magic”, Creative Classrooms Magazine, August 2001.
Professional development workshops. Led workshop at the following institutions for in- and pre-service teachers on attending to the substance of elementary student thinking utilizing the cases from D. Hammer and E. van Zee (Eds) Seeing the Science In Children’s Thinking: Appletree Institute (7/08) and Rutgers University Graduate School of Education (4/08)
Analyzing videos with teachers (4/05). Towson’s Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project. Consulted on methods for video use in teacher discussions about student learning.
Graduate student representative on faculty search committee, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland. (09/05-05/06) A voting member of the search committee for new tenure-line faculty hire in the Science Education.
Co-organizer of the Physics Education Research Seminar, Department of Physics. (09/04-05/05) Scheduled speakers, arranged travel and housing for speakers, and organized seminars on Education and Physics Education research.
Reviewed submissions for publication in the journals: Cognition and Instruction and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Reviewed proposals for the International Conference of the Learning Sciences and the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Education Research Association, Division K and Division C
National Association of Research in Science Teaching
International Society of the Learning Sciences