Do our students know the 8 Mathematical Practices? Can they use these practices to take their learning from the knowledge recall level to the application rigor? We started noticing that the practices were not something that our students truly knew and understood. Even as teachers we still didn't fully understand how to best integrate these into our daily teaching and language.
I started reading and talking to other educators in the area. These three books were recommended and therefore, I dove in.
I started with Putting the Practices Into Action by Susan O'Conell and John SanGiovanni. This provided specific details on the Math Common Core State Standards, as well as the practices. Each mathematical practice had a focus on the why, understanding the standard and how do we get there. By going through each of the practices one by one and understanding the why, the standard and the how, it became evident that there were pieces we were missing with teaching these practices to our students.
The other two books: Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and The Elementary Mathematics Specialist's Handbook are both great resources. These are great resources to pull when coaching or for teachers when planning their math lessons.
This semester we have started our professional development with our staff. Recently we became connected with Margaret Bangerter from Northwest Missouri State University and she has recently led a half-day professional development day with all staff and then has done follow-up professional development with grade level teachers. During this time I believe my learning was evident in supporting the conversations and next steps we have identified. As we go through this semester we will also be starting a book study using Putting the Practices Into Action. These are all components of how I have made my learning visible and how I will continue to do so as I learn more and more about teaching the 8 Mathematical Practices.
Our next steps are developing posters for our K-5 classrooms on the 8 Mathematical Practices, providing students with talking stems centered around each practice and developing lessons and language that teaches these practices to our students on a daily basis to become strong problem solvers.
Jessica Broadbent, Westview Elementary, Instructional Coach
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