Focus on Elementary School: Connecting Representations and Posing Purposeful Questions (Taking Action)
Taking Action: Bringing the Effective Teaching Practices to Life in your Classroom Webinar Series
In this session, we use artifacts from elementary school classrooms to examine children’s mathematical thinking and dive into two of the teaching practices—mathematical representations and purposeful questions. First, we will examine what it means to develop representational competence by supporting connections among visual, physical, contextual, verbal, and symbolic representations. Second, we will examine each question as a key strategic tool to not only probe and assess children’s mathematical understanding but to surface mathematical ideas and make them visible for discussion. We will also consider implications for both in-person and virtual learning environments. Placing greater focus on representations and purposeful questions in elementary classrooms are core teaching practices for empowering children as mathematical doers, knowers, and sense-makers.
Dec 01, 2020 07:00 PM : Focus on Middle School: Discourse and Productive Struggle (Taking Action)
<p> <b> <i>Taking Action: Bringing the Effective Teaching Practices to Life in your Classroom</i> Webinar Series </b> </p> <p>Building from the effective mathematics teaching practices outlined in Principles to Actions, we explore two of the practices in-depth that have particular relevance in middle grades mathematics. Developing rich, conceptual understandings of key ideas such as proportional reasoning, functions, and bivariate data means that teachers must engage students in meaningful discourse about mathematics and support them as they grapple with important mathematical ideas. Using artifacts from middle school classrooms, we discuss tools and teaching strategies to promote stronger discourse, identify productive struggle, and build a culture of persistence for each and every student in middle school mathematics.</p>