complex instruction: group worthy tasks that show we are ‘smarter together’

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Complex instruction.  Great stuff with an intimidating name…at least when I first heard it.  Complex instruction is a highly structured form of group work that is especially useful in mathematics classes.  The purpose of complex instruction is to balance participation within groups.  I can think about those times when I was put into groups and […]

tinkering by the bay

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are holding their annual meeting in San Francisco this week.  It is an exciting time where mathematics teachers are coming to learn about how best to serve their students in the classroom.  This year I was invited to talk in the New Teacher Strand, which was assembled to […]

We Talkin’ Bout Practice

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Allen Iverson might not have wanted to talk about practice but it seems like mathematics teacher educators cannot get enough of it.  This week at the NCTM Research Conference I joined several colleagues to talk about how to represent the practice of teaching within LessonSketch. These representations were then used in both mathematics methods classrooms and […]