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Part E

Evaluating Connections
  Make a Lesson Plan | Summing up the Session | Final Journal


An effective lesson that focuses on connections should include several stages. In the lessons you viewed, the teacher introduced a task by asking questions that enabled students to review their previous experiences with the relevant mathematical concepts. When appropriate, the teacher would also connect the task to an application outside the classroom. The task would then be presented to the class, and students would go to work -- either with a partner, in groups, or individually. As part of the problem-solving process, students would be expected to share and justify their reasoning. The teacher's role would be to carefully construct questions that help move students forward with using connections, rather than simply telling them what to do.

Use the information you learned in this session to plan a lesson for one of your classes. Remember, you will need to find a task that builds on a concept with which your students have had previous experience. Students also need to understand your expectation that they will explain their reasoning, either orally or in writing (or both). Think of connections to other mathematical concepts. Think of questions you might ask to help students move their thinking forward. Finally, think of connections to other subjects or to real-world applications.

Use a problem you teach in your subject area, or select one of the samples from the Reference section.

After you have created your lesson plan, use the Classroom Checklist (an Adobe PDF document) to evaluate it.

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