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Pre-AP Math: Developing Mathematical Mindsets Through a Learner-Centered Classroom

In this workshop, participants examine the elements of an effective, collaborative mathematics classroom through the Pre-AP Algebra 1 framework, areas of focus, and shared instructional principles. Teachers build models that let students access critical content through close observation and analysis, higher-order questioning, evidence-based writing, academic conversation, and mathematical argumentation. Participants learn how to plan for and implement close observation and analysis, collaborative group structures, and higher-order questions that promote academic conversations in their daily instruction. 

Outcome:

  • Educators will create a plan for instruction that implements Pre-AP shared instructional principles to foster inquiry-focused mathematical mindsets. 

Using Higher-Order Questioning to Support Contextualization in the Math Classroom

The Pre-AP shared principles of higher-order questioning and academic conversation let students bridge concepts and representations to develop deep conceptual understanding. Through modeling of tiered questioning and academic conversations, participants in this workshop examine questions that motivate student thinking and encourage productive lingering. Participants learn how such higher order questioning promotes student access to critical mathematical content. They then create a plan to get students to grapple with and make sense of contextual problems. Such a plan incorporates higher-order questioning and academic conversation into an upcoming lesson.

Outcome:

  • Educators will create a plan that supports students in grappling with, and making sense of, mathematics in contextual situations.

Pre-AP Math Content Seminar: Proportional Relationships and Linear Functions

In this workshop, participants use the Pre-AP Algebra 1 course framework as their foundation to explore proportional relationships and multiple representations to develop a clear, conceptual understanding of linearity. They analyze college and career readiness standards to better understand how to support students in connecting proportional relationships to “slope as a rate of change” and “linear functions.” 

Outcome:

  • Educators will create a plan to incorporate multiple representations into daily classroom instruction, encouraging students to achieve appropriate grade-level reasoning standards that support a conceptual understanding of linearity.

To schedule a workshop, email [email protected]. Please include the name of the workshop you are interested in, along with the requested date of delivery.