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Leading Mathematically Productive Discussions is a Course

Leading Mathematically Productive Discussions

Ended Jul 25, 2020

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Lindsey Mann, former Chicago Public Schools teacher and current University of Michigan graduate student, and Melissa Kemmerle, current mathematics teacher and researcher, lead this session on mathematically-productive discussions.

How do teachers support students to build ideas and arguments collectively through discussion while ensuring that we are disrupting patterns of inequities in classrooms? The Common Core State Standards encourage the use of discussion as a means to build and critique mathematical arguments and reasoning. What teaching practices enable all students to participate in discussions? What teaching practices keep the focus of the discussion on the mathematics at hand? How can teachers encourage students to build a collective understanding of mathematics content? These and other questions related to productive discussions will be explored through observation and analysis of the laboratory class as well as scaffolded practice.

This synchronous professional learning workshop is part of the Virtual K-12 Laboratory Classes and Professional Learning Workshops. The K-12 laboratory classes are structured to make it possible for educators, policymakers, and education advocates to engage directly in the close study of teaching practice in elementary mathematics. The program will provide participants with opportunities to delve into the complexity of teaching, explore and challenge what it means to use skillful teaching practice to disrupt injustice, as well as develop specific professional skills.

Daily Schedule for Synchronous Professional Learning Workshops

Before 11:00 A.M. ESTĀ 

Asynchronous activity: Viewing selected Elementary Mathematics Laboratory (EML) video

11:00 - 11:30 A.M. EST

Optional Synchronous Debrief

1:45 - 4:00 P.M. EST

Synchronous Professional Learning Workshops

Please be sure to register using an email address linked to a Google account so that you can work on collaborative documents with colleagues.

Registration Payment InformationĀ 

No one who is unable to pay the registration fee will be turned away from joining the virtual summer institute. We know that solidarity requires collective action, and collective action requires that as many of us are on the ground working together to advance this work as possible. We do not want financial barriers to prevent anyone from accessing the program. If you need, please use promo code TWNEEDSU at checkout to register for free.