Co-Planning, Co-Teaching, Co-Debriefing
What We Can Do Together
3-Part Lesson Plan – Constructivist Learning
The careful implementation of a minds on/working on it/consolidation format of lessons give students an opportunity to construct or discover key strategies and big ideas.
Setting the conditions – Accountable Talk
Creating a classroom community for learning where students are responsible and accountable for listening/learning/teaching peers, accountable talk moves are key to ensure that all learners are respectful in discovering, challenging and risk taking to promote learning in the classroom.
Content Expert – (strand/big idea/process)
Identifying a strand, big idea or math process that the teacher is not fully comfortable with and delving deeply into investigating multiple approaches to facilitating learning in that area of math instruction (e.g., teaching multiplication using student’s inventive strategies).
The use of different types of questions (including scaffolding, probing, extension and re-direct questions) that provide opportunities to further differentiate learning for students.
Teachers co-create assessments for and as learning with students to move them along a continuum of learning. Tasks have intentionality with clear learning goals. The teacher involves the students in the assessment process where the students and teachers co-create the assessment and learn to self monitor.
Teachers nurture the natural curiosity of their students and encourage questioning, students take ownership of their learning by investigating concepts with the assistance of their teacher.
The goal is to use effective strategies to create open questions that have multiple answers, multiple ways of solving, and multiple entry points. The focus is to create questions that are connected to a big idea and have a clear learning goal. Parallel tasks are a strategy to further differentiate learning, offering two or more questions designed to meet the needs of students at different developmental levels.
When teachers can integrate learning from across the curriculum students can formulate deeper connections to what they are learning, can readily understand the meaningfulness of what they are learning and are more engaged.
Trying Something New
Interested in taking on a challenge and trying something new? What a perfect time to try it.