Open Up Resources 6-8 Math

Strategically implement the Open Up Resources 6-8 Math curriculum

About Open Up Resources 6-8 Math

Topics:

  • Launching the OUR Math Curriculum

  • OUR Math Planning Support

  • Leader Launch of the OUR Math Curriculum

  • Math Language Routines in the OUR Math Curriculum

  • Using the 5 Practices in the OUR Math Curriculum

  • Scaffolds that Support Sense-Making in the OUR Math Curriculum

  • Open Up Resources: OUR at a Distance

  • Using Cool-downs to Drive Instruction in the OUR Math Curriculum

Overview:

The Open Up Resources 6-8 Math curriculum is designed to support rigorous math teaching and learning through problem-based instruction. In this standards-aligned curriculum, teachers guide students through carefully sequenced problems to develop mathematical proficiency. The teaching role shifts from modeling procedures to strategically planning for student growth by carefully anticipating and monitoring student work and then connecting student thinking to key learning targets. The curriculum provides scaffolds and routines to support students to engage with the math, to communicate their thinking, and to "learn by doing." 

How We Support Teachers to Implement the Open Up Resources 6-8 Math Curriculum:

BetterLesson supports educators to understand the design and philosophy behind this problem-based approach to math instruction in order to reflect on the implications this approach has on their current teaching practices. We draw on tenants of active pedagogy to create an atmosphere of collaboration in which colleagues dive into the design of the curriculum, its structure, and key routines in order to create a vision for implementation. In addition, we provide ongoing support for educators as they work to bring the curriculum design to life with their students. BetterLesson coaches working with educators to internalize the curriculum resources and plan strategically, to develop understanding of how to use the 5 Practices and Mathematical Language Routines to foster student communication and collaboration, and to use student data to drive instruction.

Featured Strategies

Identify key elements of an OUR Math lesson to focus on scope and depth, anticipate student responses, and to plan instructional routines
Identify key elements of an OUR Math lesson to focus on scope and depth, anticipate student responses, and to plan instructional routines
Use Anticipate, Monitor, Select, Sequence, and Connect to plan, organize, and facilitate productive mathematical discussions
Use Anticipate, Monitor, Select, Sequence, and Connect to plan, organize, and facilitate productive mathematical discussions
Several quick structured discussion opportunities help students revise and refine their ideas, making them stronger and clearer each time
Several quick structured discussion opportunities help students revise and refine their ideas, making them stronger and clearer each time

Outcomes

BetterLesson's coaching and workshops are focused on specific topics.
I can successfully launch the Open Up Resources 6-8 Math Curriculum by navigating the resources, understanding the structure, and facilitating problem-based activities.
I can strategically plan an Open Up Resources 6-8 Math unit, lesson, and activity in order to support a successful implementation.
I can effectively launch the Open Up Resources 6-8 Math curriculum by supporting teachers to transition to a probem-based curriculum.
I can implement the Math Language Routines in order to help my students communicate their math thinking.
I can implement the 5 Practices in order to facilitate discussions that use student ideas to advance the mathematical understandings of the whole class.
I can implement scaffolds in order to support students to make sense of the mathematics.
I can create meaningful, problem-based, and student-centered distance learning experiences by adapting the Open Up Resources 6-8 Math curriculum materials.
I can collect and analyze cool-down data by developing efficient and effective systems for collecting, interpreting, and reacting to the data within the context of the learning progression of a unit.

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