**************************** Sent at the request of Hyman Bass. **************************** Announcing Registration for the 2012 Elementary Mathematics Laboratory classes, sponsored by TeachingWorks (University of Michigan)
Registration is now open for education professionals and others interested in mathematics teaching to attend one of the Elementary Mathematics Laboratories sponsored by TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan (U-M). Now in its tenth year, the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory class is at its core a fifth grade mathematics class taught by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, an experienced elementary school teacher and U-M education researcher. Each class enrolls between 25 and 30 upper elementary students from a local high-needs district who have been struggling with mathematics in school. Two laboratories will be held this summer: One in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from July 23 - August 3; and a second in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from August 13 - 17.
In addition to providing a powerful academic intervention for the children, the laboratory classes emulate the "surgical theater" used in medical schools in which medical students and professionals observe and discuss surgical practice. They permit educators with a wide range of backgrounds and interests to collaborate in studying and shaping "live" teaching. Adult observers in the laboratory come together daily to participate in a pre-class planning discussion, observe the laboratory class, and then discuss what happened in a post-class debriefing session.
Additionally, some participants also choose to attend structured professional development workshops in the afternoon that extend their learning and build on themes observed in the morning's class. This summer, our workshops include the following:
o A two-week course taught by a research mathematician who has also worked in mathematics education for the last 15 years, Hyman Bass. This course, entitled Teaching Mathematical Practices, is designed for teacher educators, mathematics educators, and researchers. Participants will focus on the mathematics being taught and learned in the laboratory class, and will consider it in light of the new of the Common Core State Standards. This workshop will analyze in particular how the mathematical practices are engaged as the children work on mathematical topics such as fractions.
o A two-week course taught by a nationally board-certified master teacher, Catherine Ditto, who works in the Chicago Public Schools. This course, titled Studying Teaching Moves, is designed for classroom teachers and school coaches. Together, participants will decompose the teaching practices used in the laboratory class and examine how the teacher addresses topics and practices in the Common Core State Standards.
o Short (two or three day) workshops that each focus in detail on a specific high-leverage practice of mathematics instruction used in the laboratory class. Workshops this summer are offered on the following three practices: o Establishing Classroom Norms and Routines o Eliciting, Identifying, and Responding to Common Patterns of Student Thinking o Facilitating Classroom Discourse
Testimony from a participant in last summer's laboratory class demonstrates the value of the experience for practicing teachers and coaches: "Observing a master teacher using all of the current research and thoughts about best math teaching practices was a wonderfully effective tool to get us to think about our own practices. The pre- and post-class discussions were an additional bonus, giving me many more ideas for my classroom."
Our workshops are low-cost and we are interested in serving teachers and school districts with a strong commitment to improving teaching quality. We also offer scholarships and group discounts to districts and other organizations interested in sending teams of teachers to the laboratories. Additionally, continuing education credits (CEUs) will be available for almost all of the professional development workshops.
The Ann Arbor class will take place from July 23 - August 3, 2012 and the Grand Rapids class will take place from August 13 - 17, 2012.