Summer Workshop PlansPRIME Summer Institute, Peoria Illinois
PRIME Summer Institute, Peoria Illinois
A collaborative program between Illinois State University and Peoria School District #150Overview of our summer, 2000 institute for teacher developmentTeachers in our project attended a oneweek course (2 sem hr grad credit).
Our summer institute focused on the geometry and measurement strands from Investigations in Number, Data and Space, next year, year 2 will focus on number and operations, and year 3 on data analysis and change. Two major components characterized the weeklong summer sessions: (1) Learning mathematics through investigations; and (2) Analyzing teaching and learning through video clips, case studies, and student. Teachers analyzed the development of the mathematical ideas within and across grade levels, technology integration, alternative assessment strategies, and features of the modules themselves (e.g. choice time activities, Teacher Notes, Dialogue Boxes, 10Minute Math). Teachers carried out and practiced leading activities within the curriculum from Investigations Units in the grade level they most often teach. They also engaged in mathematical extensions of those content ideas, especially through the use of the Bridges curriculum.* Individually, in small groups, and in gradelevel large groups, they reflected on instruction and content, discussing their own responses and reasoning as well that of students presented through video clips, case studies, and work samples. Focus questions guided our discussion toward the themes for our project. The themes were:
What follows is our specific response to each of the questions addressed to LSC projects: a) We provided oneweek workshops, with an additional assignment for developing lesson plans to integrate that content area into their planning cycle for the upcoming year, and to carry out a sample lesson and assessment for sharing at an upcoming round of grade level meetings in October, 00. b) In all, 330 teachers attended our workshops, nearly all the classroom teachers and special education teachers teaching K5 students in the district. c) Goals: We focused this summers' workshops around geometry and measurement, phase I of three phases to bring in units from the Investigations in Number, Data and Space curriculum as tools for teaching in this district. Next summer we expect to work on units focusing on number and operations, and the last summer of our project will focus on data and representations. Our intent was to demonstrate the development of geometry and mathematics content appropriate to each grade level by teaching through tasks rather than by the typical skills and procedures approaches observed in this district at present. We focused on three themes: using good tasks, asking good questions to determine students' ways of thinking about the mathematics, and promoting student initiative and involvement in investigating, communicating and justifying their ways of doing mathematics. We used the Investigations curriculum (NSF curriculum for K5 mathematics) to illustrate taskbased pedagogy and contextual instruction in mathematics. A typical day in our workshop began by working through a particular sample unit from the curriculum, following the sessions and developing the interaction between assessment and investigation of concepts through examples and activities. For example, a grade 4 plan is shown below: d) We offered professional development focused on the Investigations in Number, Data and Space curriculum since it is a primary means for us to address substantial tasks and questioning practices. e) We employed the professional development materials entitled "Bridges to Classroom Mathematics" as a primary tool for developing teachers' knowledge of mathematics, especially geometry and measurement this summer.
Grade 4 TeachersDAY 1 Session Outline
