One of the hallmarks of learning at Trinity School is Faculty/Staff Forum, our peer-to-peer professional development. Today, Kato Nims and I facilitated as session on math, mindset, and learning progressions.
Title: Math, Mindset, & Learning Progressions
Facilitators: Kato Nims and Jill Gough
Description: Does a learning progression empower and embolden the learn to locate where they are and ask target questions to make progress: Come collaborate with others to tackle a task or two using a learning progression as a self- and formative assessment tool to experience a student’s point of view.
Prerequisites: None. Bring a pencil or colored pen, your growth mindset, and a partner.
- Safe space
- I can talk about what I know, and I can talk about what I don’t know.
- I can be brave, vulnerable, kind, and considerate to myself and others while learning.
- Celebrate opportunities to learn
- I can learn from mistakes, and I can celebrate what I thought before and now know.
Sample feedback and reflections:
This activity helped me see solutions from multiple lenses. Even though the learning progressions were math-based, I can see the potential for using them in science…with some tweaking. When I present STEM challenges to my students I encourage them to use trial and error and to redesign and improve their work. I need to make learning progressions for the next challenge I present!
Connect – I know children need the language to more clearly express their needs in math. They also need to know what they can do instead of saying “I can’t” because they can do something! Extend – I came away with a better idea of how to quickly assess my students’ levels at the end of a lesson and that allowing time to work with a partner or in a group is very important to extending my students’ learning. Challenge – to continue to do the work of getting our learning progressions written and finding the time to collaborate as a team.
Connect: Kids need to know what their goals are, as do their teachers. Kids should be able to solve problems in multiple ways. Extend: Kids can have more than one learning progression that they’re working on at once.
Challenge: Allowing the class to explain what progression they are on with me jumping in to help them. 🙂 Becoming comfortable adding these into the classroom daily. It’s been hard for me going from saying state standards for 10 years going to this, but I think this is actually more beneficial!
While I don’t teach math on a daily basis, I found this session beneficial because I had an opportunity to practice using learning progressions.
It was very valuable to actually experience a student’s perspective while going through a learning progression.