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