Thursday, August 06, 2015
Thought on Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards
I have just returned home from a wonderful week in Boston, learning with math educators from all across the country.We were privileged to be part of EDC's Facilitator Institute for their new course, Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards. The course is supported by a website that contains 30 illustrations of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Each illustration consists of a mathematics task, student dialogue, teacher reflection questions, and many other resources. I can't wait to use these with teachers! The course activities prompted rich discussions among the participants this week, and I feel that my understanding of the math practices is deeper. Here are some random thoughts related to this week:
- The website materials would be great for teachers to use as professional learning team activities.
- I have several ideas for turning this training around in my area: using this in my PLT for instructional coaches, offering it to districts as an after school PD (ten 2 hour sessions), taking pieces of the PD and inserting it into other PD's.
- I am energized by spending the week with other educators who are passionate about math education. I love hearing about what is happening in other parts of the country. I want to seek out other experiences like this!
- I don't have to travel to interact with educators from other places. I received a mini-course on using Twitter for education from my new friend Hedge, and I am going to give Twitter another try. She also encouraged me to begin blogging again, so here I go!