This past week was our Secondary Summer Institute for Northshore School District, and what a great week! Here’s some of the highlights:
We kicked off our NSD Summer Institute with the Teacher Showcase, a day where teachers shared their classroom practices with each other. I learned some great strategies from our teachers such as:
- Structures and Systems for Productive Group Work in Math
- Using Foldables to Engage All Learners
- Using Educreations in Math Class
- Using ActivExpressions
This was our first year of the Teacher Showcase as part of our Summer Institute, and I hope it becomes an annual tradition!
Math Teaching Practices for Common Core
Secondary Math Teachers came together on Wednesday to explore the math teaching practices presented in NCTM’s Principles to Actions, then focused deeply on Math Teaching Practice #2: Implement Tasks that Promote Reasoning and Problem Solving. Click here to view our training.
Beyond Relevance and Real World with Dan Meyer
On Thursday, we had the privilege of working with Dan Meyer for the entire day! We explored the Volcano task and talked about starting a fight, turning the math dial up slowly, and creating a headache. This was an all-around great day!
Math Design Studio
The purpose of Math Design Studio was to give teachers the opportunity to connect everything they learned this week and to begin planning how to implement these ideas into their classroom instruction to improve student learning. This was the perfect way to wrap up our week. Teachers walked away with a tangible product to implement in their classroom when the school year begins.
This was a fabulous week to prepare for us all for new school year! We will continue to explore Principles to Actions and Dan Meyer’s strategies through our district Math Fellows program and ongoing PD opportunities. It’s going to be a great year. 🙂