The Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching Lesson Analysis Tool consists of guiding questions and an analytic rubric that involves six categories of math instruction.The six categories are:
Cognitive Demand
Depth of Knowledge & Student Understanding
Mathematical Discourse
Power and Participation
Academic Language Support for Multilingual Learners
Cultural/Community-based Funds of Knowledge
Teachers can use this tool to reflect on individual lessons as well as trends in instructional practice. If math teachers are working to amplify the presence of each of these categories over time, their lessons will be more culturally responsive and improve the learning experiences of their students.
Connect with one or more colleagues, if possible, to work as a collaborative team to analyze a math lesson.
Review the lesson analysis tool included in the resource section below and choose 1-3 focus categories.
Identify a math lesson that you would like to analyze.
Choose one of the following approaches to using the lesson analysis tool:
Analyzing a written lesson plan
Analyzing a video of a lesson
Guiding an observation of a live lesson
Use the guiding question and the rubric criteria to reflect on the presence of each of your focus categories in the lesson
Customize this lesson reflection template, which is also linked below, to capture your reflections about your chosen focus areas
By using the template, brainstorm with a colleague about what adaptations could be made to make the lesson, and other similar lessons, more culturally responsive
Repeat with other lessons and other focus categories
Here is an example of a teacher's use of the tool to analyze an Algebra 1 lesson from the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum included below.