Let's Talk Math
A PD program in Salt Lake City is bringing math teachers into the conversation.
As humans, we learn by doing, but we learn best by teaching. Across the education spectrum, examples abound of innovative ways to help students gain deeper mastery by teaching a topic. Those we've witnessed recently include a presentation on the young adult novel The Outsiders, where each student took on the role of a specific character from the book, and a team science project where students demonstrated mitosis by acting out the process of cell splitting and then answering questions. Sadly, however, we rarely see these kinds of activities in math classes.
Instead, we see a heavy reliance on rote work and prescribed teacher questioning that elicits conditioned responses from students rather than deep understanding. But math, like all subjects, needs ... Keep Reading at http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/apr20/vol77/num07/Let's-Talk-Math.aspx