Teachers Learn from Teachers at Math Workshop

Teachers Learn from Teachers at Math Workshop
Posted on 06/22/2018
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Laughter could be heard throughout ESD 123’s Professional Development Center this week as fourth grade students from Mark Twain Elementary School gathered around an interactive Prowise board to play math games and solve puzzles at the summer Observation & Discussion of Mathematical Teaching Practices workshop. The week-long program, led by ESD 123 Regional Math Coordinator Brenda Dunn, brought students and teachers together to demonstrate teaching strategies that help all students, especially those with ESL and special education needs.students work on math activity

Ms. Dunn, Twain Elementary School teacher and math coach Sami Savage, and special education teacher Lindsey Scott co-taught the small class of four students, learning from each other—and from the kids—throughout the week. Through daily debriefing sessions, observations and feedback from other educators, and comments from the students themselves, the teaching team made modifications to lesson plans as needed and learned better strategies for teaching.

“We want to help teachers open their doors and learn from other teachers,” says Ms. Dunn

While the teachers learned from each other, the kids also worked as a team, developing their communication skills and relying on each other for problem solving. Lessons utilized technology and data on common fourth grade level misconceptions about fractions to create fun, hands-on activities. At the end of each lesson they turned in notebooks with their own feedback on the days’ lesson for their teachers to read.

From the lessons learned in this first class, Ms. Dunn says she hopes to grow the program for next year.
Brenda Dunn helps students set up Prowise boardstudents play math game on Prowise touchscreen board

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