Photini Spanias

Principal Lecturer
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411
Principal Lecturer MY
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5411

Biography

Photini A. Spanias is a principal lecturer at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She is currently teaching elementary, special, and bilingual education math methods courses as well as math education courses for pre-service teachers.

Professor Spanias serves as Honors Faculty with Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. She mentors students who take her courses for honors credit, or work on a math-related honors thesis in this role. Professor Spanias is passionate about preparing excellent math teachers and his teaching goals always aim at providing students with inquiry-based, hands-on activities, inspiring and motivating them to perform at their highest potential, and helping them understand the importance of their role as math educators in developing critically thinking young minds. She worked with a technology specialist to design and implement technology infused assignments into the math methods courses. Professor Spanias also worked with the iTeachELLs team on math and science inquiry and problem-solving based lessons and projects.

Education

  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education), Arizona State University 1996
  • M.Ed. Educational Administration, Arizona State University 1994
  • M.Ed. Elementary Mathematics Education, Arizona State University 1992
  • B.A.  Elementary Education, Arizona State University 1989

Research Interests

Guiding Research Questions:

  • How can we best prepare future math teachers who are knowledgeable, confident, and comfortable in their abilities to teach math?
  • How can we use technology resources to enhance students' understanding of mathematical concepts?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Spanias works with technology specialist to design and implement technology infused assignments in our math methods courses.
  • Dr. Spanias works with iTeachELLs team on Math and Science Inquiry and Problem Solving based lessons and projects.

Publications

  • Middleton, J. A., & Spanias, P. (1999) Motivation for Achievement in mathematics:, Findings, generalizations and criticisms of the recent research. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 30(1), 65-88.
  • Middleton, J. A. & Spanias, P. (2002). Findings from Research on Motivation in Mathematics Education: What Matters in Coming to Value Mathematics. In J. Sowder & B. Schappelle (Eds). Lessons Learned from Research (pp.9-15). Washington ,DC: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • X. Zhang, Debbie Vogel, Mahesh K. Banavar,  Shuang Hu, ,Photini Spanias, Jayaraman J. Thiagarajan, “Using Modern Mobile Technologies in STEM Education,” 2012 American Society of Engineering Education, Annual Conference, 2012.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 410Mathematics in Elem Schools
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
BLE 412Math Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 280Invest Qnty: Number Operations
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
SPE 410Mathematics in Elem Schools
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 410Mathematics in Elem Schools
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
BLE 412Math Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 280Invest Qnty: Number Operations
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
SPE 410Mathematics in Elem Schools
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 410Mathematics in Elem Schools
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
BLE 412Math Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 101Teachers College Experience
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
MTE 301Invst Chng Ptrn, Func & Model
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 280Invest Qnty: Number Operations
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 280Invest Qnty: Number Operations
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
BLE 412Math Curr Instr Assess BLE/ESL
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
ECS 412Math Curriculum/Instrctn/As
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 101Teachers College Experience
MTE 280Invest Qnty: Number Operations
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 101Teachers College Experience
MTE 281Inves Space: Geom, Meas & Vis
EED 412Mathematics in Elem Schools