The summer is an amazing opportunity to step back and reflect on the teaching and learning that takes place in my classroom. For this I have two strategies:
- Take part in the free Stanford Online Course: EDUC115N. If you are involved with Math Education, you should definitely consider going through this with your department.
- Reflect on what I see as each part of the learning process in the classroom: Inspiration (Why Math?), Creation (How Math?) and Preparation (Which Math?).
Here are some questions I will trying to answer:
- What activities are going to create the need for the math in each unit/lesson?
- Where can I incorporate Dan Meyer’s 3acts style lessons into the curriculum?
- How can I develop student questioning and facilitating their finding out the answers rather than just disseminating independent skills that they need to regurgitate?
- How can I stretch my most gifted students?
- How am I going to prepare my students well for standardized testing?
- How can I make this part of the lesson a lot more fun?
I think I would be happy next year if I could improve on these things.
What about your teaching will you be reflecting on this summer?