Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Part B

Exploring Connections
  Introduction | Try It Yourself: 3D Figures/Isometric Dot Paper | Problem Reflection | Summary | Your Journal


You've just explored a problem, examining the many connections within its mathematics content and to the other Process Standards. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. As you make your journal entry, use the material you've just seen and read as a context.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • How does the 3D Figures/Isometric Dot Paper problem show the importance of helping students build understanding by connecting their thinking to previous experiences or problems?
  • Recall a mathematical task that, in your experience, encourages students to make connections. What were the key characteristics that made this task work well?
  • Identify a mathematical concept that is a key part of your mathematics curriculum. What are some possible connections to other concepts students have experienced? Write about these connections in a way that will be helpful as your students explore these concepts in your classroom.
  • What are some examples of mathematical concepts you teach that can be connected to other subject areas your students study? Be specific.
Three ways to write and reflect:
  • Use pen and paper.
  • Use a word processor.
  • Use the form below.
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.


Your work will be displayed in a printer-friendly format to enable you to print.

Thanks for writing in your journal. Please keep your entries in whatever format you choose -- you will find them useful for reference later.

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