In this month's Work Group Meeting, teacher-participants discussed ways they have incorporated PD learning into their daily teaching. Several teachers mentioned using their document cameras during instruction, leveraging the new tool to support quality classroom conversations.
Teachers also discussed their initial attempts at LAUNCHing tasks. One teacher noted that in her inclusion class a quality launch helped students use math language throughout the lesson. Another noted how important it was to "let them go" by providing students the time and space to wrestle with interesting ideas (as opposed to lowering the cognitive demand of the task by rushing to give students answers).
Lastly, one teacher noted that she had been doing a form for launching for years, discussing the context of a math problem before jumping in. But her latest attempts at launches were "more than just talk" and now included carefully designed student experiences. For example, when introducing least common denominators, a teacher showed a picture of two boxes - one with 8 cupcakes and another with 10 juice boxes. Above the boxes was written "What do you notice? What do you wonder?" Students were eventually led to consider how many boxes they would need to have an equal amount of each. The students talked purposefully about math in ways they simply wouldn't if you started off by giving them the definition of LCD and having them do examples. More importantly, they had a truly mathematical experience!
We look forward to continuing these great professional conversations at our next Saturday Session - Nov 12th!