While a quality curriculum is certainly important, successful implementation hinges on intentional routines, frameworks, and policies. The following four categories contain my current thoughts on developing a strong classroom culture and productive workspace:
Physical Space: Eventually I will add pictures to this, but hybrid learning and a new school have limited my ability to build the space in the way I want. Hopefully Fall 2021 looks different!
Standards for Mathematical Practice: Although I have concerns about the content standards of the Common Core, one of its greatest strengths is the list of mathematical practice standards. Here, I dive into these in a bit more detail.
Delivering Content to Motivate Questions: To provide students with an authentic math research experience, content delivered through instruction should be just enough to give them a foundation from which to build. The scaffolded research tasks are designed to give students a starting direction and broad enough that other, more interesting questions may arise that they want to answer instead. This page goes into more detail on how this might look in the classroom.
Assessment: A research course should not be based on tests, but on the quality of the work produced and the ability to communicate the results. This page discusses some alternative types of assessment that may be utilized.