MAIC Lesson Study Network Convening Activities

2018-2020

Onboard Day for New School Teams Joining the Network, October 2018

Goals:

  • Learn: How can we use improvement science tools to deepen our understanding of the problem and build upon bright spots to guide our collective work?

  • Connect: How can we learn from each other and share our learning as a network?

  • Get Moving: What will we try in our own contexts to support students’ mathematical agency and success, and how will we organize the work moving forward?

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

MAIC Lesson Study Network Launch, October 2018

Goals:

  • Face Into Our Data & Set Goals: What are we learning from this year's baseline data? What do we want to achieve this year?

  • Become Students of Our Students' Thinking: What lesson structures provide opportunities to deeply understand student thinking?

  • Explore Classroom Strategies that Build a Positive Learning Culture: How can we eliminate harmful status issues? How can we ensure students are bearing the cognitive demand of problem solving? Ho can we support students in recognizing and internalizing all the ways they are mathematically smart? 

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Spring Convening, March 2019

Goals:

  • Digging Into the Thinking of Focus Students: How are they mathematically brilliant?

  • Anticipate Student Thinking: How can we use anticipated student thinking to facilitate rich mathematical discussion in our classrooms?

  • Practice Facilitating Mathematical Discussions: What questions can we ask to push student thinking and develop a robust learning culture?

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

End of Year Convening, May2019

Goals:

  • Practice Identifying Student Mathematical Strengths

  • Participate in a Lesson Study Cycle

  • Explore Inside/Outside Questioning Strategies

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Summer Convening, August 2019

​Goals:

  • Understand how NCTMs 8 Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices relate to Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

  • Experience a Mathematical Modeling Task

  • Share Hopes & Dreams for Our Students & Determine a Research Theme for Your School Site Lesson Study Team

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Fall Convening, October 2019

Goals:

  • Getting to Know Your Focus Students

  • Determining Mathematical Understanding Goals and Questioning Strategies to Facilitate Student Learning

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Spring Convening, March 2020

Goals:

  • Determine a Mathematical Understanding Goal, an Equity Goal, and Anticipate Student Thinking for a Lesson Study Cycle

  • Observe a Research Lesson

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The Mathematical Agency Improvement Community 

2016-2018

MAIC Launch, November 2016

Goals:

  • Learn: How can we use improvement science tools to deepen our understanding of the problem and build upon bright spots to guide our collective work?

  • Connect: How can we learn from each other and share our learning as a network?

  • Get Moving: What will we try in our own contexts to support students’ mathematical agency and success, and how will we organize the work moving forward?

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Winter Convening, February 2017

Goals:

  • Experience & Understand: Explore how social status impacts student mathematical agency.

  • Face Into Our Data: Celebrate successes so far, and fearlessly look for areas to improve.

  • Keep Moving: Develop plans for testing and sharing our learning.

  • Connect: Learn from each other and build our network community.

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Spring Convening, April 2017

Goals:

  • Practice & Prepare: Disrupt harmful status patterns leading to inequitable student learning.

  • Face Into Our Data: Celebrate successes so far, and fearlessly look for areas to improve.

  • Explore & Share: Experience and share practices across the network.

  • Plan & Do: Build on shared learning to plan and carry out next steps.

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Fall Convening, October 2017

Goals:

  • Face Into Our Data & Set Goals: What are we learning from this year’s baseline data? What do we want to achieve this year? How can we effectively collect data on our goals?

  • Launch, Explore, Discuss: In what ways does a launch, explore, discuss framework provide opportunity for students to develop a deep conceptual understanding?

  • Become Students of Our Students’ Thinking: What lesson structures provide opportunities to deeply understand student thinking?

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Winter Convening, February 2018

​Goals:

  • To get better together at slowing down and surfacing student thinking so that students can grapple with ideas together and arrive at a shared understanding of concepts.  

  • Assumptions:

    • The more students think hard and participate, the more they learn.

    • The more we help students engage in discussion about each other’s ideas, the more we learn together. (i.e. it’s not just a share out, but a dialogue that unpacks how people are thinking and how mathematical ideas are related)

    • The more we can make it safe to participate, the more we can disrupt harmful status issues.

 

Practices & Concepts Introduced:

Spring Convening, April 2018

Goals:

  • Celebrate progress, successes and student impact.

  • Consolidate our learning and make plans for ourselves and our schools moving forward.

  • To get better together at slowing down and surfacing student thinking so that students can grapple with ideas together and arrive at a shared understanding of concepts.

 

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