PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

SUBJECT-SPECIFIC

The professional development resources posted here include a 6-session mathematics series and several stand-alone sessions in English, social studies and science.  Materials are provided in editable form to be adapted for local contexts.

MATH

ENGLISH

HISTORY

SCIENCE

SUBJECT

MATH

This 6-session math professional development series is designed to help teachers adapt their instructional practice in ways that will increase the initiative, perseverance, and eagerness of their students to engage in mathematical reasoning and solving problems.

Full Facilitator Guide (PDF)

SESSION 1: TEACHING AUTHENTIC PROBLEM SOLVING

The goal of this session is to show teachers how they can increase the initiative, perseverance, and eagerness of their students in tackling application problems and help their students develop and apply more sophisticated mathematical reasoning in formulating and solving problems.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Teaching Authentic Problem Solving PPT

~ Handout M1

SESSION 2: MATHALICIOUS WORKSHOP

The goals of this session are to:

  • Connect teachers to the Mathalicious curriculum
  • Experience a Mathalicious lesson

~ Facilitator Guide

 

SESSION 3: RICH MATERIAL TASKS

The goals of this session are to:

  • Discuss the various mathematical competencies that are required to “do mathematics” successfully
  • Have teachers reflect on how much opportunity they are currently providing to students to develop in each competency
  • Expose teachers to mathematical tasks that foster multiple forms of mathematical growth
  • Present and model student group roles that allow for teachers to implement mathematical group work effectively

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Class Role Card Set

~ Handouts M3

 

SESSION 4: PROBLEMS IN CONTEXT

The goals of this session are to:

  • Discuss the differences between a task that is removed from, and a task that is grounded in, an authentic context
  • Have teachers work through a real-world task
  • Workshop/plan a future lesson that incorporates an authentic context

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Problems in Context PPT

~ Handout M4

SESSION 5: PROJECT-BASED LEARNING

The goals of this session are to:

  • Present the project-based learning process, learning outcomes of project-based learning, the teacher’s role in project-based learning, and variations of project-based learning
  • Connect teachers with online resources for math projects
  • Show project-based learning in action, via the documentary Most Likely to Succeed

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Handout M5

 

SESSION 6: SUPPORTING ACADEMIC TENACITY IN MATHEMATICS

The goals of this session are to:

  • Look back on the full PD series – providing context to mathematical content: the how and why
  • Have teachers reflect on how much opportunity they are currently providing to students to reflect on their learning and track their progress
  • Expose teachers to mathematical tasks that support academic tenacity

~ Facilitator Guide

Handouts

~ M6.1 Authentic Problem Solving
~ M6.2 Supporting Academic Tenacity
~ M6.3 Problem of the Month
~ M6.4 House Prices and Payments
~ M6.5 MARS/MAC Tasks Descriptions

SUBJECT

ENGLISH

USING ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

Teachers will learn more about linking overarching essential questions to more specific “guiding questions” for each lesson and how to translate abstract content and skill standards into engaging lesson objectives that communicate how the intended learning is relevant to students’ lives.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Linking Essential Questions for English

Handout

~ Teacher Reflection Questions

GROUP WRITING ACTIVITY

Teachers will experience a collaborative writing activity as a model of a motivating small group instructional strategy that they can use with students in their own classrooms.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Group Writing Activity

Handouts

~ Collaborative Writing Exercise Directions
~ Group Writing Asssignment Sheet with Hughes Poem
~ Paragraph Graphic Organizer
~ Role Cards
~ Teacher Modeling Suggestions for Group Writing
~ Teacher Personal Reflection Form

TEACHING STUDENT TO ASK GOOD QUESTIONS

The session provides teachers with a framework that guides both students and teachers in asking and answering questions that will increase and elevate student classroom discourse about texts.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Teaching Students to Ask Good Questions PPT

Handouts

~ Question-Answer Relationships Lesson Plan
~ Question-Answer Relationships Handout
~ Question-Answer Relationships Blank Framework
~ Question-Answer Relationships Graphic
~ Teacher Personal Reflection Form

Background Resources

~ “Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes
“QAR: Enhancing Comprehension and Test Taking Across Grades and Content Areas” by Taffy E. Raphael and Kathryn H. Au

SUBJECT

HISTORY

USING ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

Teachers will learn more about linking overarching essential questions to more specific “guiding questions” for each lesson and how to translate abstract content and skill standards into engaging lesson objectives that communicate how the intended learning is relevant to students’ lives.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Linking Essential Questions for History PPT

Handout

~ Teacher Reflection Questions

EXPLORING RESOURCES FOR ENGAGING INSTRUCTION

Exploring Resources PPT

 

USING PRIMARY SOURCES

Using Primary Sources PPT

SUBJECT

SCIENCE

USING ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

Teachers will learn more about linking overarching essential questions to more specific “guiding questions” for each lesson and how to translate abstract content and skill standards into engaging lesson objectives that communicate how the intended learning is relevant to students’ lives.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Linking Essential Questions for Science PPT

Handout

~ Teacher Reflection Questions

ENGAGING STUDENTS IN CRITICAL READING SKILLS

Teachers will consider how they can leverage high-interest science news stories to increase student motivation to engage in rigorous science learning.  They will critique a lesson plan and consider how they might use what they have learned in their instructional practice.

~ Facilitator Guide

~ Engaging Students in Critical Reading Skills PPT

Handouts

~ Zika Lesson Plan
~ Protocol for Discussing Critiquing Zika Lesson Plan
~ Teacher Reflection Questions