Focusing on the Learning Purpose of a Lesson

Focus Area: OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math


Phase: Planning

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This virtual workshop series offers both consistency and flexibility by providing structure for a collaborative planning experience that teachers can recreate on an ongoing basis to support their day-to-day work with bringing the OUR 6-8 Math/IM 6-12 curriculum to life with their students.

Educators have the opportunity to work as a learning cohort throughout a customized sequence chosen from the following sessions:  


These workshops are for educators currently working with the OUR 6-8 Math curriculum, and are especially useful for those who are in their first year of implementing the curriculum materials. 


  • Each session is 2 hours, and a series can consist of anywhere from 1 – 5 sessions. 


I leverage the curriculum’s problem-based structures to plan meaningful learning experiences for my students.

Learning Experience

Session B: Focusing on the Learning Purpose of a Lesson

Planning strategically at the lesson level by focusing on the purpose of each activity allows teachers to identify both the goals and the ‘limits’ of the lesson, which supports the student-centeredness and pacing of instruction.  In this 2-hour virtual workshop, participants will choose an upcoming lesson to plan. They will work with a collaborative group to: 

  • Define the learning purpose of the lesson 
  • Explore the task purposes of each activity within the lesson and how these build on each other to further student understanding 
  • Build a plan for teaching the lesson they explored with a focus on task purpose