More Information about the Integers PD Program
A. Introductory Workshop
What will you do in the workshop?
- Focus on 6th and 7th grade standards for positive/negative numbers from Common Core State Standards.
- Explore two models: number line representation and chip model.
- Use multiple approaches including visual representations and kinesthetic activities.
- Learn to use formative assessment probes for finding out about studentsí misconceptions.
- Try research-based strategies for addressing student misconceptions.
- Examine and discuss student work samples.
B. On-Line Sessions
Format: 7 one–week sessions
Expectations: Spend about 3–4 hours per session.
No prior experience with on–line courses needed.
What will you do in the online course?
- Explore positive/negative number standards in-depth by using a variety of approaches to solve math problems.
- Learn about research on student misconceptions and effective instructional practices.
- Use formative assessment probes and examine student work samples.
- Watch and discuss video clips of math lessons and student math interviews.
- Participate in on-line discussions.
- Individualize your learning by choosing activities and topics to focus on.
C. Mid–Course Workshop
What will you do at the follow-up Workshop?
- Explore different models for building understanding of operations with positive and negative numbers.
- Use strategies to reason about the results of operations without calculating.
- Build diagnostic approaches for identifying studentsí math strengths and difficulties with signed number operations.
- Sort student work samples by type of misconception.
- Apply diagnostic findings to plan targeted instruction.
- Explore different models for differentiating math instruction.
- Collaborate with colleagues to plan follow-up actions for applying ideas with students.