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High School Methods and Research in Math Education.
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Our GSE Dean, Julie Gess-Newsome, recently shared an email with all Methods Instructors that outlined her vision of spring term methods courses. Under the leadership of Professor Neil Liss, we met and discussed the implementation of Julie's vision. Following is the outline of our plan for this term.
 
An Instructional Routine is something a teacher uses almost every lesson. They are the components of a lesson that support students' learning regardless of grade level or subject area. Planning, rehearsing and teaching instructional routines are important because they:
  1. Contain the types of activities that are central to the work of teaching; 
  2. Have the potential to improve student achievement; 
  3. Will enable you to use the activities that work for you across grade levels and mathematical content; 
  4. Will enable you to attend to student thinking.
Part of becoming a great teacher is learning to reflect on your performance and generate new learning from it. To develop these skills our work flow this semester will follow the plan -> teach (video) -> reflect cycle.

Activities involving video, role-playing and collaboration with your peers will be used to assist your personal growth in perfecting these instructional routines. Emphasis is on the work of teaching, not evaluating people. 

In order to provide additional focused and content rich advice and experiences in how to teach mathematics we will address  topics inside the blue rectangles below. 


"We are no longer teaching if what we teach is more important than who we teach or how we teach." —Carol Ann Tomlinson