Communities of Practice

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Math Communities of Practice

Online Community: Working together to better understand mathematics teaching, learning, and the Common Core Curriculum in Mathematics (CCSSM)

Moderator: Marvin Cohen

Some goals for the community of practice are listed below.

  • Create a network of resources that can support our work as math educators
  • Develop images of successful practice
  • Identify skills and dispositions that students need to have to be successful mathematicians
  • Develop a collection of student work samples that will allow us to better understand the CCSSM
  • Share strategies for implementing the CCSSM

The community will begin by reconsidering these goals to insure that they reflect the needs of the group.

As a participant in this community you will be engaged in a variety of activities that might include:

  • Exploring the teaching of mathematics using our own experiences in the classroom and online
  • Doing mathematics together
  • Sharing resources and strategies that supports student’s mathematical fluency and understanding
  • Reviewing student work to better understand student strengths and challenges
  • Thinking about the mathematics of the CCSSM and the challenges of implementation

These activities may involve participants sharing readings, leading the group in an activity of discussion, or sharing classroom anecdotes as problem solving cases. Each individual needs to spend about 60-90 minutes per week to participate fully.

The agenda is flexible and to be shaped as the community progresses. The syllabus will be posted weekly to reflect this approach.

ELA Communities of Practice

Online Community: Working together to explore nonfiction

Moderator: Lynne Einbender

This community of practice will explore teaching nonfiction in the familiar formats of language arts instruction, such as read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, book clubs, and independent reading, as well as integrating content area curricular studies with language arts strategy instruction. We will examine texts from a variety of nonfiction genres and grade levels that are published in print, visual, and multi-media formats. Participants will share curriculum planning that integrates any combinations of reading, writing, research, drawing, photography, film, and a selected nonfiction content area, that may link to social studies or science curriculum.

Topics that are likely to be discussed include:identifying the criteria for selecting texts for nonfiction language arts teaching; analyzing the comprehension demands of nonfiction print, visual and multi-media texts for young readers; coordinating curricular goals across disciplines; and unpacking the Common Core Standards.

The community will meet online with Lynne Einbender, the Bank Street moderator, beginning on January 27. In order to build a vibrant community, participants are encouraged to post at least once a week and to read the postings of other participants. Some weeks there will be an activity or reading that community members will engage with to advance this shared inquiry into teaching nonfiction.

Some resources we hope to create together include:

  • A library of teaching resources
  • Curriculum planning ideas that are tried out by participants
  • The identification of skills and strategies that students need to learn so as to be critical consumers of nonfiction texts
  • A collection of student work samples from across the grade levels to ground the generalizations of the Common Core Standards with specific examples