Questions to consider
- What elements of Teach For America’s national vision for math instruction ring true for you? What does this mean for your instruction?
- What elements of our regional “beliefs of effective math teachers” ring true for you? What does this mean for your instruction?
- How do you plan to incorporate the Common Core’s “Standards for Mathematical Practice” into your classroom?
- What are the fundamental ideas of your course or grade-level? How will those ideas develop in future courses? What will your students be able to do if they deeply understand those ideas?
Resources to consult
- Dan Meyer’s well-known TED talk about how “Math class needs a makeover.” There is a very active (and useful) community of math-teacher bloggers on the Internet, and Dan’s blog is a good entry point into that world. Contact Boyce if you’re interested to hear about other useful blogs to read. Here is one particularly useful post.
- “Teaching Learning in Mathematics” is one of the most useful overviews of different models of teaching math.
- A list of classroom actions and a teacher rubric aligned to the Common Core Standards for Practice.
- “Progressions” for the Common Core standards, which include in-depth conceptual explanations of how content builds through various grade levels.
- “A can of Coke leads to a piece of pi,” an article by Marilyn Burns that explores the difference between “logical ideas” and “symbols and conventions,” and how students learn each.
- The famous “Benny” study that shows how students might demonstrate mastery without fully understanding content.