Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Chapter 1 Response Choice 2

  • 25 Nov 2018 9:06 PM
    Message # 6932113

    Think about the instructional strategies you use most often.


    1. Which do you believe are the most effective?

    2. What evidence do you have for their impact?


    Save these notes so you can see how the evidence in this book supports or challenges your thinking about effective practices.

    Last modified: 25 Nov 2018 9:06 PM | Anonymous member
  • 26 Nov 2018 5:00 AM
    Reply # 6932442 on 6932113

    Think about the instructional strategies you use most often.


    1. Which do you believe are the most effective?

    2. What evidence do you have for their impact?


    Save these notes so you can see how the evidence in this book supports or challenges your thinking about effective practices.


    Reading that first chapter was unsettling. I know many of my strategies are not that effective. I know that many of them encourage surface learning. I now see that I need to enrich my own tool  box to help my students move into deep learning and transfer learning. I have two changes I intend to make:

    1. Less teacher talk, more student talk.

    2. More whole group Number Talks.

    In each of my three math groups I am going to be sure that every student has a chance to talk. I only have up to 4 students in each group so this really is not a difficult goal. I am going to model use of math language and insist that each math scholar contribute evidence of math thinking. It's a small start but I think it will be a big change.

    Number Talks: I got this idea from our first Dine and Discuss and have started using them at the start of every math class. I teach kids from ages 11-14 so their skill levels vary widely, I have found this is an asset for number talks. I deliberately find problems that can be tackled from a variety of angles and skill levels. I let all students work quietly alone and then do whole group sharing. Finally we do a sharing walk where kids examine the thinking of their peers. A final discussion wraps up the about 20 minute activity. 

    I have been using this website for Number Talk problems: http://www.openmiddle.com, but would love to have other recommendations.

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