Topic: Curriculum and Instruction
Instructor: Jodi Slonaker
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

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The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice require teachers to help their students to develop the mathematical expertise or ‘habits of mind’ that will allow them to work with challenging tasks across mathematics domains. One way of developing this mathematical expertise is through the use of cognitively demanding tasks as a central lesson focus. Cognitively demanding tasks require students to think deeply, make sense of problems, productively struggle to create a solution, and then communicate their thinking and understanding in a public way.

 Developing Mathematical Expertise in a Problem Centered Classroom brings together the expertise of mathematics education leaders such as John Van de Walle, Mary K. Stein, and Phil Daro to discover and examine the teaching and learning benefits of focusing on a central challenging problem or set of problems within a classroom lesson. Problem based lessons must be taught in a risk-taking supportive environment which challenges students to apply their mathematical understandings in a variety of situations. By participating in the course, teachers will learn how to plan these types of lessons and examine the instructional strategies that need to be implemented in order for maximum benefits to be gained.

 This course is has been divided into five modules:

1.     Defining Mathematical Expertise

2.     Skill Centered vs. Problem Centered Approach to Teaching Mathematics

3.     The Three Parts of a Problem Centered Lesson

4.     Planning and Implementing Your Problem Centered Lesson

5.     Putting It All Together: The Final Project

 By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • provide students with opportunities to develop mathematical expertise;
  • identify mathematical expertise in their students;
  • identify cognitively demanding tasks;
  • plan lessons around cognitively demanding tasks; and
  • teach through problem centered lessons.
Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017
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Course Number: EDU*6250*T1
Academic Term: 17/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU