In this 1-day workshop, teachers who have begun implementing the OUR 6-8/IM 6-12 Math Curriculum will have the opportunity to explore how the curriculum materials are designed for students to learn math by sharing their thinking with each other. Student discourse is a key component of each lesson and activity, and getting the most out of these opportunities for discourse requires careful planning. Individual participants are likely to be at different stages in their development of skills and understandings related to facilitating student discourse, and this learning experience is designed to meet each of them where they are and help them move forward. This workshop will provide teachers with ideas, tools, and resources that will inspire and prepare them to build on the work they have done so far and make the most out of the curriculum. Colleagues will come away from the experience prepared to support each other in creating student-centered math classrooms full of students who are excited to talk to each other about what they are learning.
This workshop is designed for educators who have already had a structured opportunity to explore the basics of the curriculum design and have begun teaching with the curriculum materials. Teachers must be familiar with the day-to-day experience of the curriculum in order to benefit from “going deeper” into this kind of exploration.
I consistently use the curriculum’s problem-based structures to plan meaningful learning experiences for my students.