Fostering Algebraic Thinking
Fostering Algebraic Thinking Toolkit: A guide for Professional Development
Middle and High School
Available from Heinemann Publishing (ca $300)
Type of Video
Small group work with teacher; teacher reflection
Length of Videos
Number of Videos
Algebra, Functions, Modeling
Description of the Videos
Video one: 11:15 minutes (0:30 - 11:45 on DVD), Teacher working with small group on problem (modeling two different linear relationships and comparing them), and then teacher reflecting on her work with children.
Video 3: (16:25 - ?) Teachers reflect and debrief on questions asked during small group work on algebraic tasks
Usefulness of the Videos
These videos serve as good examples of teachers supporting cognitively demanding group work through focusing, not funneling.
They also are good examples of reflective practice, teachers talking about their work.
The whole program is designed as a companion to Fostering Algebraic Thinking, by Mark Driscoll (http://www.heinemann.com/products/E00154.aspx).
These videos are part of a set of professional development materials specifically geared toward fostering algebraic thinking, analyzing student work, documenting patterns of student thinking and asking questions of students.
The materials are organized into four professional development sessions, and include facilitation notes, notes on the mathematics, and handouts for participants.
Mark Driscoll, in collaboration with Judith Sawojewski, Andrea Humez,
Johanna Nikula, Lynn Goldsmith and James Hammerman
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