Melissa Connor

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About me


I am currently enrolled in the Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology MS program at UAlbany. I received my BS from SUNY Cortland in Adolescence Education: Mathematics. I am currently a substitute teacher for Central Islip Public Schools in Suffolk County. I live in New York on Long Island and have been here most of my life.

My other interests include watching sports, cooking, baking, and spending time with my family and close friends..

My Topic/Purpose

This course, Using Visualizations to Teach Mathematics for Understanding, will focus on how teachers can use and create visualizations to teach mathematics with understanding. Creating meaningful visualizations can enhance learning in the classroom by helping students conceptualize the big ideas of our lessons. When we use visualizations in the classroom, our students begin to develop their own visualization skills. These skills can help our students become active and effective learners. In this course, we will and answer and reflect on the following questions:

  • What does in mean to teach/learn for understanding?
  • What are visualizations and why are they important?
  • How do you create meaningful visualizations?
  • What are some tools and strategies you can use in the classroom?

Learning Outcomes

This course will help teachers develop effective visualization skills and provide them with tools and strategies to teach mathematics with understanding. By the end of the course, learners will:

  • Conceptualize the idea teaching and learning with understanding.
  • Identify what visualizations are.
  • Identify characteristics of meaningful and effective visualizations.
  • Develop the skills to create visualizations.
  • Explore tools are strategies for using visualizations in the classroom.

Needs Assessment

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Performance Objectives

Lesson One: What does it mean to teach for Understanding?
Lesson Two: What are Visualizations? Why are they important?
Lesson Three: Creating Meaningful Visualizations
Lesson Four: Putting Ideas into Practice

Task Analysis

Curriculum Map

References and Resources

Mini-Course and Portfolio Page

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

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