Yesterday a math team spent the day creating the road map for a group of kids they have yet to meet. The students won’t be on campus until August 7th. Their teachers don’t know anything about them, but they do know what they want for them.
During the year that the kids spend with them, the math team wants to build a course and a learning space in their classrooms that supports kids
- to be confident mathematicians
- to take the tools and knowledge they have and use them in new situations
- to analyze their work
- to persevere, and
- to defend their ideas
The team also decided that they can’t and won’t start class working on whatever the textbook says. They are starting from the premise that they need to create opportunities for kids to investigate interesting ideas that cause conversations about relational thinking. So, the kids and their teachers will start the year exploring visual patterns.
Thank you, @fawnpnguyen.