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  Preparatory Activities
  Agenda Day 1
  Agenda Day 2
  Agenda Day 3

  Big Ideas
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  Workshop 1
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  Workshop 3
  Workshop 4A
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  Workshop 5 (1, 2, 3, 4)

2007 Materials Development Institute



  • big Idea(s) of unit
  • student misconceptions
  • possible applets
  • discussion prompts

Each unit includes

  1. math focus
    • software tool(s)
    • concrete manipulatives
    • problem solving
    • organization issues
  2. reflection
  3. discussion
  • resources
    • how/what to use in classroom
    • links to
      • required content
      • NCTM Standards and Focal Points
      • specific curricula/texts

  • What are the big ideas that make up this lesson/unit?

  • What are some common student (pre-)conceptions and misconceptions that are related to the content of this lesson/unit? As we think about these, your challenge is twofold: first, think about challenges and experiences you had (How did or might you learn this content? How did you know when you knew it? Was there anything you didn't want to learn or thought wasn't really worth spending your time on? Does this content require you to think in a different way about the content or related content? What were the behaviors, motivations, or environments that helped you develop an understanding about the content? Is this content challenging? How would you describe or characterize your participation in this learning experience? Then, think about challenges or experiences you expect your students to have (What will they find difficult? What pre-conceptions to do you expect them to come to instruction with? Which are productive and which are not?)

  • Identify possible applets or online environments that you believe will assist in students exploring and ideally learning the big ideas (may start with problems or PoWs and extend to applets or online environments). Important to not only choose a problem or applet or environment, but also to briefly explain why you chose it and how it relates to the above big ideas/goals/challenges.

  • Create Discussion Prompts for extension and reflection. Again, it is important to think about and explicate the rationale for the prompts. What purpose do they serve?

© 2016 The Math Forum at Drexel, part of NSF's NSDL
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-0226284. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.