Sitting among students: How open doors and collaboration invigorate our teaching
I will paint a picture of joyful possibilities. What happens when teachers find creative ways to teach together, listen intently to children’s thinking about mathematics, and experiment with new ideas?
Call to Action
My call to action is for you to make collective learning opportunities happen by doing the following:
- Find two teacher friends or more (over time, your principal would be a strategic bonus). Take something you want to try from this conference, from a book, from the math twitter blogosphere. But don’t try it out alone. Explain the idea of owning the lesson together and set some norms for collaboration and risk taking.
- Plan together and identify some questions you have about your students. Then teach together, while you sit among your students. Call teacher time outs during the lesson that let you pursue ideas, shift direction, or experiment with a next good question.
- Share back with us what you tried and what you learned from this new way of making practice public and learning together.
About the Speaker
Elham Kazemi is a professor of mathematics education and associate dean for professional learning at the University of Washington. She loves to learn about children’s mathematical thinking, working side-by-side with teachers to develop thriving learning communities for teachers and students alike. Her collaborative projects have been informed by equity-oriented research on organizational learning, children’s mathematical thinking, and classroom practice. Her recent book co-authored with Allison Hintz, Intentional Talk, focuses on leading productive discussions in mathematics.
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