# Unit 3: Putting Ideas into Practice

**Unit Description**

Participants will be able to **create** plans to integrate visualizations in mathematics lessons. Additionally, participants with **reflect** on ways to transfer skills for using visualizations in mathematics to students by collaborating in a peer discussion.

**Unit Objectives**

- Participants will analyze a series of visualizations created with Geometer's Sketchpad to model strategies for designing classroom lessons and/or materials for using visualizations to teach mathematics with understanding.
- Participants will analyze lessons created by teachers and write a reflection on how they integrate visualizations into their lessons to teach mathematics with understanding.

- Participants will construct a visualization.
- Participants will create a lesson with visualizations.
- Participants will critique lessons created by their peers.
- Participants will reflect on ways to transfer skills for creating visualizations to learn with understanding to students using a class discussion.

**Lessons**

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Examples of Teacher-Created Visualizations** Participants will review and analyze software programs that make creating visualizations for mathematics easier.

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Lesson 1** Participants will analyze lessons created by teachers and write a reflection on how they integrate visualization into their lessons to teach mathematics with understanding.

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Lesson 2** Participants will create a visualization for their demonstration lesson.

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Discussion** Participants will will clarify misconceptions about plans to integrate visualizations in mathematics lessons.

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Peer Review** Participants will review demonstration lessons created by their peers.

**Putting Ideas into Practice: Final Reflection** Participants will reflect on ways to transfer skills for creating visualizations to learn with understanding to students using a class discussion.

**Links**

**Mini-Course:** Using Visualizations to Teach Mathematics with Understanding (Spring 2015 Mini-Course)

**Portfolio Page:** Melissa Connor's Portfolio Page for Spring 2015 Mini-Course