5 Practices Book Study 2014

The purpose of this blog is to discuss the book 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions, by Peg Smith and Mary Kay Stein.  Participants are encouraged to respond to questions posed by the moderators and also to pose their own questions and thoughts.  ATOMIM members must be registered and logged in to read, comment, and add posts.

For a general schedule check out our book group flyer.

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  • 21 Jan 2014 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Week Three:  Chapter 2:  Laying the Groundwork:  Setting Goals and Selecting Tasks

    Read pp 13-20

    The authors argue that what students learn depends on the nature of the task in which they engage.  Do you agree with this point of view?  Why or why not?


    Look at the potential of a task to support students thinking and reasoning:

    Use the task analysis guide (figure 2.3) to analyze a task(s) that you have used in one of your classes over the last few weeks.   Remember that we are all works in progress, so you may post an analysis of a task that you consider to be high level demand (according to your analysis) or maybe you will post what you consider to be a task with low level demand (according to your analysis) that has room for growth.

  • 14 Jan 2014 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Week Two:  Introduction and Chapter 1:  Introducing the Five Practices

    Read pp 1-12  


    Telling would appear to be a more efficient means of communicating to students what they need to know.  What are the costs and benefits of learning through discussion of student generated solutions versus learning from carefully constructed teacher explanations?

  • 07 Jan 2014 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Welcome to the 2014 ATOMIM Book Group:  The 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
    We are thrilled by the response to this year's book group offering.  As of this past Friday, we have 29 registered participants and are ready to begin exploring ideas about how to improve the mathematical conversations in our own classrooms or in our work as coaches and leaders as we support teachers enacting these ideas.
    We are looking forward to some excellent conversations and learning over the next 12 weeks together in our professional learning network.
    We believe that we have paced out the readings and activities in a way that is both manageable and will support our regular work of teaching.  We are aware that "life happens" and that from time to time, you may not be able to complete an activity or a reading and might fall behind.   DON'T GIVE UP!   Remember...Mathematical Practice #1 is all about problem solving and perseverence.  Use one of those tough weeks when things are piling up as an opportunity to read other posts, pose a good question or use your comments to push someone's thinking.   We are all a work in progress!
    This activity is being coordinated by ATOMIM Board members Shawn Towle, Mary Belisle, and Pam Rawson with the support of the full ATOMIM board.  
    Let's begin...
    1)  Please introduce yourself to the group by responding to the following:  
    Where do you live/work?  
    What is your role in mathematics education?  
    What is your best hope for this book group?  
    What is your worst fear?
    2)  What challenges have you encountered in your efforts to engage students in talking about mathematics?
  • 04 Jan 2014 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    RSS is an acronymn for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. It is the technology that allows Internet users to subscribe or "pull" information from various web sites and web services into an aggregator, a page or software that is specifically designed to pull together information.

    Why use a reader?

    Which reader to use?  (google reader no longer exists)
    "Feedly" appears to be the most used of the "readers."  I was able to subscribe to it on my computer and am going to try out the app on my iPad (where I do most of my reading).

    Here is the url for feedly:   http://feedly.com/#welcome

  • 04 Jan 2014 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Reflecting on our learning...

    1.  How did this learning experience connect to your school’s mission and vision statements?

    2.  How did this learning experience connect to your own personal growth plans?  Why was this learning experience important to you as an educator?  How will it change who you are as a teacher?

    3.  How has this learning experience impacted the work you do with the colleagues you collaborate with or the students in your classroom?

    4.  How do you intend to build on this learning experience?  Will there be additional studies involved?  Are you planning new lessons as a result of what you have learned?  Can you share what you’ve learned with other teachers on our faculty?

    We will give a certificate of participation at the end of the book study based on your self assessment of your level of participation and completion of a final feedback survey.

    Certificates of Participation... (up to 24 contact hours)

    I did all of the reading and read other peoples posts each week.   (6 hours)

    I did all of the above AND I posted an original response to the prompt in the discussion each week.   (9 hours)

    I did all of the above and   

    (up to 9 additional hours to reward those who do the application challenges)

    created the monitoring sheet in week 5  (1-2 hours)

            did the week 7 task and taught the lesson   (1-2 hours)

            did the week 9 task and created an audio transcript  (2 hours)

            did the week 11 task and used one of the protocols to deeply plan a lesson 

    (3 hrs)

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