Focusing on the Learning Purpose of a Lesson (IM Math K-5)

Focus Area: IM Math K-12

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Planning

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Planning strategically at the lesson level by focusing on the key learning 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 collaboratively based on the purpose of that lesson.

This workshop can be completed as a stand-alone or as part of the Planning for Problem-Based Math series. Explore both workshops in the series below:


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity


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

Learning Experience

  • Define: The structure of a lesson and how the learning experiences are sequenced to build students’ conceptual understanding over time Define the learning purpose of a specific upcoming lesson and how the lesson fits into the learning progression of the unit and of the grade-level standards
  • Explore: The math thinking involved in each component of the lesson. Explore how students are invited to build their understanding over the course of the lesson activities and how the narrow focus of each lesson activity supports students to make meaning for themselves
  • Build: A detailed plan for facilitating one of the lesson activities in a way that supports students in making meaning of key lesson concepts