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Starting to Use the Site

A good way to start using Reflections is to select a lesson on the Reflections start page. This takes you to a Lesson Page where you can get a sense of the lesson by reviewing the Lesson Plan, get a sense of the mathematics of the lesson by doing the Engaging in the Math activities, get a sense what the students accomplished by taking a look at some of the student work, and get a sense of the teacher and the school by viewing the set of video clips under About the Teacher.

Now you have the necessary background on the lesson to begin analyzing and reflecting on part of the mathematics, the teaching and the learning. To do this, select one of Reflective Topics – they pop up when your cursor passes over the word – for example, Questioning or Evidence that are abbreviations for the Critical Teaching Questions. Clicking on the topic takes you to the Work Page that contains a set of Reflective Tasks and Analyses that can be responded to and discussed after viewing the various video clips and other links that illuminate this topic.

An alternative approach is to select a reflective topic on the Reflections start page, for example, Teaching Decisions. Clicking on a topic takes you to a list of all the related Critical Teaching Questions in each of the 6 lessons. You can proceed question by question or grade by grade with the underlying Reflective Tasks and Analyses that can be responded to and discussed after viewing the various video clips and other links that illuminate this topic.

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