Matthew Molton

Dr. Matthew Moulton received his BA in Mathematics at University of Florida. He went on to complete an MS in Counseling at University of Houston, and his PhD in Educational Theory and Practice at University of Georgia. At Indiana State University, he teaches equity-oriented teacher education, middle grades methods, community contexts and partnerships.

Q: What do you like about teaching teachers?

A: What I like about teaching in general is being able to build relationships with the people that I’m working with. I taught middle school and high school before I went back to school to get my PhD and I think that the best part of any teaching job is the people that you get to be around. The same goes for teaching this group of future teachers: I love being able to teach the middle school class because we talk about how middle school is a special time and how a lot of people think of teaching middle school as this horrible thing. Then, though, seeing people in their placements being excited about interacting with these middle school kids is so awesome.

Q: Do you have a favorite music artist or genre?

A: I’m all over the place. I really like Francis and the Lights, Run the Jewels, and things like that. When I was working on my dissertation, I made playlists, and that’s what I would use when I was writing. It had Trampled by Turtles, Judah and the Lion, and lots of hip hop (some Kanye, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino).

Q: Do you have a favorite place on ISU’s campus?

A: I really like the atrium at University Hall. It seems like in a lot of other places, the college of education is often forgotten, because its students aren’t exactly graduating and going off to make millions of dollars. Here, though, our building is just beautiful. My son loves to sit on the windowsill in my office (it looks out onto the atrium) and play Legos and tell me what’s going on in the atrium down there. I usually get a full report about how many people are down there and what they’re doing. He’s six.

Q: Favorite ISU tradition?

A: Trike is wild. It’s so goofy, and so foreign from anything I’ve ever experienced before.

Q: Favorite thing about ISU in general?

A: Students. Hands down.

Q: Describe the ideal student.

A: The ideal student to me is someone who approaches being a future teacher while thinking about experiences that they had in school and at the same time recognizing how they can’t force their future classroom into what their experiences were. Someone who is ready and willing to learn, who wants to be a teacher, and is enthusiastic about interacting with the kids is what we’re really looking for.

Q: How are you converting your classes to an online curriculum?

A: My courses involve field-based components in both Vigo County and South Vermillion schools. When we announced our transition to online classes, my CIMT 301/302 students were finishing up their second to last week of field experience in local middle schools and my EDUC 200 students were just beginning partnerships with Junior Achievement. With so much of the teaching in my courses taking place off campus in local schools with different expectations, I have had to approach the issues associated with COVID-19 with transparency.

With my CIMT 301/302 course I made sure I kept them up to date with information as I had it. I posted announcements on Blackboard and also used our class Slack channel to share messages. I have also had to adjust expectations for field experiences that are no longer open. Volunteer opportunities with Sarah Scott Middle School's Fish Fry and Meadows Elementary's STEAM Night have been canceled or significantly postponed. Lessons held in person have been transitioned in online modules with the help of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence.

Many of the future teachers I work with were/are fantastic students who are passionate about their grades and producing high-quality work. I think it is very important to let students know that the presence of the Corona Virus will not impact grades that are dependent on circumstances outside of their control.