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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] Math Laboratory Classes: Univ. of Michigan
Posted: Jun 8, 2012 7:56 PM
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Sent at the request of Hyman Bass.
Announcing Registration for the 2012 Elementary Mathematics
Laboratory classes, sponsored by TeachingWorks (University of

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

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.

Please visit our website
( for more
information. Registration is now open for observation passes and the
professional development workshops.

If you are interested, we encourage you to consider registering soon
as spaces are filling up quickly.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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