We are excited to have Dr. Peg Smith for our first colloquium of the year! She will be giving two talks for us.
Engaging Students in the Standards for Mathematics Practice: The Role of Cognitively Demanding Tasks
Thursday, September 26th; 4:15-5:15 PM
Athens Career Academy
Research on mathematical tasks over the last two decades has made salient that student learning is greatest in classrooms where the tasks consistently encourage high-level student thinking and reasoning (Hiebert & Wearne 1993; Stein & Lane 1996; Boaler & Staples 2008). This talk will focus on how high-level or cognitively challenging tasks can provide opportunities for students to engage in the Standards for Mathematical Practice (CCSSM, 2010).
Orchestrating Productive Discussions in Math and Science
Friday, September 27th; 11:30-12:30 PM
Orchestrating discussions that use student-developed work as the launching point places significant pedagogical demands on the teacher (e.g., Ball, 2001; Chazen & Ball, 2001; Lampert, 2001). Teachers must make rapid online diagnoses of students’ understandings, compare them with desired outcomes, and then fashion a response that will help move both the responding student and the rest of the class towards a more sophisticated understanding of the content in question. This talk will focus on a pedagogical model that specifies key practices that teachers can learn in order to use student responses more effectively and on initial efforts to study the impact of the model on instruction.
We hope to see you there!