Supporting all Math Learners, Adreon, Summer 2020
||EDU 5626 C04
||Beth Adreon, MA, CAGS
|Dates and Times:
||June 29- August 7, 2020. (June 29th - start of class zoom 1 hour, August 7th, final class zoom- time TBA based on number of participants, weekly optional office hours)
||3 Graduate Credits
Participants will examine current research into effective math practices and instruction. Topics for investigation and a starting place for resources in three areas: research in math challenges; supporting all students and designing effective instruction to reach all students in mixed ability classrooms. How math instruction has changed based on the most up-to-date brain and learning will be a focus. This course will benefit K-12 teachers of mathematics and special educators. Course will be targeted based on participant needs and interest.
- Teachers understand how learners grow and develop (VT Standard 1).
- Teachers can use individual differences to ensure inclusive learning environments (VT Standard 2).
- Teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches (VT Standard 4).
- Teachers understand how to connect concepts to engage learners (VT Standard 5).
- Teachers use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth (VT Standard 6).
- Teachers plan instruction to support all learners (VT Standard 7).
- Teachers use multiple ways to encourage learners (VT Standard 8).
- Teachers evaluate and reflect on their practice (VT Standard 9).
- Why is learning mathematics so difficult for so many learners?
- How can I develop learning targets to support deep math learning?
- What types of lessons can support all math learners?
- Examine current research in math learning
- Frameworks for Understanding Student thinking
- Develop strategies and structures to support all learners
- Identify areas of improvement within practice that can support deeper math understanding.
- Identify strategies for struggling math students
- Design a unit from start to finish using strategies developed in the course.
Additional works supplied via PDF
Book of choice- reflection. This book should be a book about math instruction that “you’ve been meaning to read”. You will prepare a presentation for classmates with your take-aways from the text, and how it impacts your practice. (20%): - due March 1, 2020
Final project: 2 parts:
- Part 1: Unit Design Part 1 - Develop learning scales for the unit (25%) - due March 29, 2020
- Part 2: Unit Design Part 2 Present the Unit, with assignments and assessments (25%) – due April 26, 2020
Self Reflection (10%)- due May 3, 2020
Discussion Board (20%):
One primary post each week, and at least three secondary posts to classmates. Three grading periods, roughly around the same time as other assignments are due.
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