by Jo Boaler, Youcubed
One piece of advice I give to teachers wanting to create more rich and deep learning experiences for students is to decide on big ideas for their grade level and choose a big idea task for each one. We are working with teachers now, who use EngageNY, to start every module with big idea tasks. When teaching is oriented to big ideas, many more students are able to access the ideas and be successful, teachers have space to encourage depth of understanding, and it is an ideal approach for heterogeneous classrooms (i.e., all classrooms)!
If you would like to attend a workshop to learn more about this teaching approach, we have four options in the 2022-23 school year. There are two versions of the training, one for elementary school and one for middle school, and we have planned in-person and remote sessions of each. There are different fees for workshops of different lengths, and as a nonprofit organization, youcubed uses the proceeds from these events to fund our operations and enable the production of the many free resources we offer! The schedule is below, you can click on a date to get more information and register online (please note that virtual workshops are one day and workshops at Stanford are two days):
Teaching Mathematics through Big Ideas in the Middle Years
• October 25-26, 2022 (in person at Stanford)
• April 25, 2023 (live online, https://sto.stanfordtickets.org/youcubed22-23/teaching-mathematics-through-big-ideas-in-the-middle-years-virtual)
Teaching Mathematics through Big Ideas in the Elementary Years
• November 15, 2022 (live online, https://sto.stanfordtickets.org/youcubed22-23/teaching-mathematics-through-big-ideas-in-the-elementary-years-virtual)
• January 24-25, 2023 (in person at Stanford)
For those of you interested in our high school data science course, we have added a new session of our Units 1-4 workshop in July (https://sto.stanfordtickets.org/youcubed21-22/july2022datascienceworkshop), and we look forward to discussing systemwide change at our Mathematics Leadership Summit in September (https://sto.stanfordtickets.org/youcubed22-23/mathematicsleadershipsummit).
If you think you might like to run a summer mathematics camp in 2023, sign up for our PD to teach the youcubed camp curriculum, which now includes versions for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-9. https://sto.stanfordtickets.org/youcubed22-23/teachingsummercamp
Viva La Maths Revolution,
Jo Boaler & the youcubed team
by Jo Boaler, Youcubed