Thursday, March 31, 2011

How do math teachers in training view learning?

The following is an example of one of our in-class workshops for Teaching and Learning Middle Grades Mathematics. This activity comes at the end of a unit on mathematical learning theory.

Teaching Mathematics Workshop (Learning Math Anchor Charts)

Connection - Schema Activation [10 minutes]
Read NCTM's Learning Principle and make connections to our previous readings

Concentration - Focus [5 minutes]
Simile Survey - providing a vision
Anchor Chart Models - previous and partners'

Construction - Activity [35 minutes]
Develop a group anchor chart on the whiteboard that makes our thinking about learning math visible
Learning Math Anchor Charts - Work in Progress
Consolidation - Reflection [10 minutes]
Learning Math Anchor Charts
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Describing our visions - presenters were offered choice to be on camera or off (sorry about the sound quality)

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3


  1. David,

    a very nice way of promoting student thinking about how to think in mathematics.

    The scenarios are vivid and lively - and self-constructed - so likely to stick in memory.

    I think this was both imaginative and productive.

  2. Gary,
    Thanks. They really got into it. I'm always amazed by how creative they want to be. I don't know why it surprises me, but it does.