Focusing on the Learning Purpose of a Lesson (OUR Math 6-8)

Focus Area: Open Up Resources Math K-8

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Planning

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A common challenge when teaching with a problem-based curriculum is managing the pacing of a lesson while ensuring students are making connections for themselves. 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 collaboratively plan an upcoming lesson by focusing on how activities are sequenced to lead students to achieve the learning goal.

This workshop can be completed as a stand-alone or as part of the Planning for Problem-Based Math series. Explore all 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 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