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Planning for Mathematics Instruction Main Reference: Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-8 Research-based Methods, 2nd-ed, Edited by Thomas R. Post. Teaching Elementary School Mathematics: Methods and Content for Grades K-8 by Frederick H. Bell Stages in Teaching Planning method evaluation

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planning for mathematics instruction

Planning for Mathematics Instruction

Main Reference:

Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-8 Research-based Methods, 2nd-ed, Edited by Thomas R. Post.

Teaching Elementary School Mathematics: Methods and Content for Grades K-8 by Frederick H. Bell

stages in teaching
Stages in Teaching
  • Planning
  • method
  • evaluation
teacher as decision maker
Teacher as Decision Maker
  • Content
    • development approach -- instruction proceed from what students know toward knowledge and skills beyond their present understanding.
    • Teachers have a great deal of autonomy within the prescribe curriculum.
  • behavior of the learners: how the students spend their time.
  • behavior of the teachers: motivation, reinforcement, retention, and transfer
effective mathematics instruction
Effective Mathematics Instruction

Good Teachers

  • are clear about their goals, and are able to articulate to students, fellow teachers, parents and administrators.
  • Are knowledgeable about the the content they teach
  • knowledgeable about a wide range of instructional strategies
  • communicate to students what is expected and why; help students search for meaning in mathematics
effective teaching
Effective Teaching
  • High expectations, high academic performance
  • amount of time actively contributed to learning -> achievement
  • explain what expected to learn and demonstrate the steps
  • students tutoring other students
  • achievement rises when questions asked that require apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate
Achievement rises significantly when homework assigned regularly and were conscientiously done.
  • Frequent and systematic monitoring of students’ progress
  • emphasis on academic courses, more advanced the subject matter, more rigorous the textbook --. More learned

Source: What Works: Research about Teaching and Learning. U.S. Department of Education, 1986.

effective teaching practices
Effective Teaching Practices
  • Instruction is guided by a preplanned curriculum
  • high expectations for student learning
  • students are carefully oriented to lessons: objectives explained; linked to previously studied; key concepts/skills reminded
  • Instruction is clear and focused
  • Learning progress is monitored
  • Reteach what not understood
  • Classtime is used for learning
Smooth and efficient classroom routines
  • Instructional groups (whole/small) formed to fit instructional needs.
  • Standards for classroom behavior are explicit;
  • Personal interactions between teachers and students;
  • Incentives and rewards for students

Source: Onward to Excellence: Making Schools More Effective, Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 1984

three goal structures
Three Goal Structures
  • Competitive
  • Individualistic
  • Cooperative


Competitively: 3 to 4 in groups, students in each group compete to see who can count the most triangles

Individualistically: students count as many as they can, those who counts 90% succeed.

Cooperatively: Students in groups asked to find as many as they can; encourage helping each other.

how to plan a lesson
How to Plan a Lesson
  • Set the stage - motivation
  • Tell the objective(s): what can they do after the lesson
  • Give direction: work together? Seatwork?
  • Provide learning context: connections between lessons
  • Illustrate the key concept or skill
  • Help them to carry out the assignment: move around, …
  • Promote reflective thinking
  • Clarify any extended expectations: what do they at home?
considerations in planning mathematics lessons bell 1980
Considerations in Planning Mathematics Lessons (Bell, 1980)
  • Mathematics Content: select and name the topic; identify the facts, skills, concepts, or principles; be sure each topic is properly sequenced.
  • Learning Objectives: Identify and choose appropriate cognitive objectives; Select desirable affective objectives; Share the objectives; illustrate the application of each mathematical concept
  • Learning Readiness: Identify prerequisite and assess students’ mastery
Teaching/Learning Resources and Activities: Locate, obtain, and evaluate required materials, then select
  • Teaching/Learning Strategies: Select and use appropriate strategies; create learning environment; assessing student learning; evaluate and improve teaching effectiveness.
learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Motor-skill learning: coordinating one’s sense and skeletal muscles to learn to talk, walk,...
  • cognitive learning: accumulation of intellectual knowledge
  • affective learning: developing attitudes, values, likes and dislikes, preferences, and commitments.
cognitive learning objectives bloom s taxonomy
Cognitive Learning ObjectivesBloom’s Taxonomy
  • Knowledge: remembering and recalling information in nearly the fame form that it was presented.
  • Comprehension: students can make some meaningful use of it; correct using it when told to do so.
  • Application: ability to use it in an appropriate situation without being told to do so.
Analysis: ability to subdivide information into its components so the relative hierarchy of ideas is identified and the relationships among the ideas are apparent
  • Synthesis: ability to combine elements to form an unique system or structure: e.g., finding patterns, discovering principles, ..
  • Evaluation: making judgments about the usefulness and value of ideas, procedures, creations, inventions and methods.
preparing cognitive objectives
Cognitive Objectives

Children will give the definition of even numbers

Children will identify the numerators and denominators of proper fractions

Evaluation Item

What are even numbers

In the fraction 2/3, which number is the numerator

Preparing Cognitive Objectives

Knowledge of Arithmetic

Source: Bell, 1980

comprehension of arithmetic
Cognitive Objective

Children will identify even and odd numbers

Children compute the sum of two proper fractions.

Children will draw triangular shapes

Evaluation Item

Which of these numbers are even numbers: 8, 11, 19, 3, 16, 27, 22, 10?

Find the sum: 1/2+1/4

Draw a little triangle and a big triangle

Comprehension of Arithmetic
analysis in arithmetic
Cognitive Objective

Children will explain why the sum of two odd numbers is an even number

Children will describe the relationship between addition and multiplication of natural numbers.

Evaluation Item

Why is the sum of two odd numbers always an even number?

Give three different examples showing that multiplication of two numbers is the same as repeated additions.

Analysis in Arithmetic
synthesis in arithmetic
Cognitive Objective

Students will construct addition and multiplication tables for clock arithmetic

Students will develop procedures for adding and multiplying numbers in base two

Evaluation Item

Prepare addition and multiplication tales for clock arithmetic

Develop sets of rules for adding and for multiplying numbers that are written in base two

Synthesis in Arithmetic
evaluation in mathematics
Cognitive Objective

Students will determine the advantages and the disadvantages of handheld calculators as an aid in compuation

Students will explain the value of zero as a number in our system of mathematics

Student Activity

What are some of the reasons why calculators should be used to do computations? Limitations? Disadvantages?

Suppose we did not have a zero in our number system. What limitations would this place upon our ability to use mathematics?

Evaluation in Mathematics
a sample lesson plan
A Sample Lesson Plan

Pp. 133-134 Bell, 1980