Formative Assessment in Mathematics
Is lesson planning taking over your life? Are you spending hours spinning your wheels, trying to come up with that perfect lesson plan? What if you had repeatable and effective instructional activities that could be used to help students make progress toward learning goals? This course, which builds on Speak Up! Orchestrating Discussion in the Mathematics Classroom, introduces participants to such activities. In particular, instructors focus on one particular routine: Connecting Representations, which supports teachers in building on student ideas as students engage in authentic mathematical problem solving. In this course, teachers will develop planning habits that will help increase student contributions and support teachers’ ability to provide formative assessments. This will be accomplished through the integration of five formative assessment practices as defined in Dylan Wiliam’s book, “Embedded Formative Assessment.”
This course will also support students with the Common Core Standard of Mathematical Practice, “Look for and make use of structure.” Participating teachers will also have the opportunity to rehearse the routine, Connecting Representations.
Participants who successfully complete this course will demonstrate understanding of the Connecting Representations instructional routine by planning, carrying out, and reflecting upon the activity.
- Attend two 3-hour in-person sessions
- articipate in online discussion forums
- Complete class reflections
- Provide and receive peer feedback on assignments with enthusiasm and an open mind