Learning Opportunities: During the summer of 2010, several learning opportunities will be available to mathematics teachers in Priarie Lakes AEA. Please use our course Catalog at for registration and more informaiton.
- Mathematics Formative Assessment in Grades 1-6: Questions & Concepts Probes- Starts June 7 Online
- Mathematics Formative Assessment in Grades 7-12: Questions & Concepts Probes- Starts June 7 Online
- Reasoning and Sense Making: Using the Process Standards andd Mathematics to Create Rigor at the High School Level-June 21, 22 & 23 Storm Lake
- K-8 Mathematics: Addressing the Iowa Core through NCTM process Standards-August 3,4, & 5-Fort Dodge
No matter what training opportunity you choose, there will be three basic pieces: Teaching for Understanding, using Problem-based Instructional Tasks, and Meaningful Distributed Practice problems. Teaching for Understanding is about encouraging, even requiring, students to communicate their mathematical thinking, using multiple representations such as diagrams, charts, graphs, tables, pictures and more to show mathematical ideas, and employing multiple solution methods. These are NCTM’s Process Standards. While the “right” answer is still important, there are many ways to get there. Problem-Based Instructional Tasks and Meaningful Distributed Practice are the problems through which students gain mathematical knowledge and demonstrate the process standards.
A standards-based approach to mathematics means believing in the value of and implementing the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards. You can preview those and see other resources from NCTM at http://www.nctm.org/.
Locally, the Iowa Core has described the content, instructional and assessment practices that should be practiced in Iowa. You can find out about the Essential Concepts and Skill Sets and Essential Characteristics of Iowa Core mathematics at http://corecurriculum.iowa.gov/
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