Tag Archives: teaching through problem solving

Teach and assess for conceptual understanding

To teach for conceptual understanding requires assessing for conceptual understanding. The principles that guide teaching for understanding must be the same principles that should guide assessment. What are some of these? Open-ended, problem solving tasks To teach for conceptual understanding, it is not enough that students engage in problem solving task. The tasks should be… Read More »

How to facilitate a lesson study group

The long term goal of lesson study as a professional development model is to enhance teachers’ content and pedagogical content knowledge and develop their capacities for designing and studying (researching) their own lessons. The expected output of a Lesson Study group is to develop a curriculum material in the form of a lesson plan. The… Read More »

Teaching combining algebraic expressions with conceptual understanding

In Math investigation about polygons and algebraic expressions I presented possible problems that students can explore. In this post, I will share some ideas on how the simple investigation of drawing polygons with the same area can be used as an introductory lesson to teach operations with algebraic expressions with meaning and understanding. Like the rest of… Read More »

What is Lesson Study?

Studies show that the way to go to implementing effective and sustainable educational reform will be through an inquiry-type professional development program and while the teachers are in action. One of these professional development models that has proven effective in Japan and is now being implemented and widely used in many countries is Lesson Study.… Read More »

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