Mathematical Thinking Professional Learning Community
This ongoing program will create a community of learners that will explore the concepts of good task design, and support each other in developing activities to support students’ mathematical thinking.
SESSION 1: October 10, 2019 at San Francisco Friends School
SESSION 2: December 10, 2019 at San Francisco Friends School
SESSION 3: February 7, 2020 at San Francisco Friends School
SESSION 3: April 22, 2020 at San Francisco Friends School
We all want our students thinking deeply about math ideas, exploring concepts, connecting their procedural knowledge to conceptual understanding, and feeling highly engaged in authentic mathematical learning. Well-developed tasks will help generate this kind of thinking and support these goals. However, designing such tasks is not easy.
This ongoing program will create a community of learners and teachers that will explore the concepts of good task design, and support each other in building a foundation for how to think about creating activities to support students’ mathematical thinking. We will design mathematical tasks together, try them in our classrooms, report back on successes and failures, and participate in an iterative process of creating and recreating activities to best illicit the kind of engagement and mathematical thinking we want from our students. In the spring, we will take site visits to observe each other in teaching the tasks we design to see how they play out in different environments.
Our professional learning community is designed to support all teachers, ranging from those who design their own curriculum to those whose curriculum is largely established, but are looking to develop more engaging approaches to some of their lessons. Though all math teachers are welcome, content will be oriented toward those teaching fifth-ninth grade, with a strong focus on the middle school setting.
Diali Bose-Roy is a middle school math teacher at San Francisco Friends School. She joined the SFFS team in 2008 after completing her Master's in Education Leadership at Columbia. Prior to SFFS she taught at Charles River School in Massachusetts and for several years worked in film production and postproduction.
Avery Pickford is currently a high school math teacher in San Francisco and the way he teaches math ≠ the way he was taught math. In his nineteen years of teaching, he has had the pleasure of teaching math and science to students from third grade to graduate school.
Date: October 10, 2019
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