Beginning to Experiment
Identifying Problems of Practice
I saw how Pam Grossman used Yvonne Hutchinson's materials.
I was inspired to begin to think again about how I help my students develop the day to day practices of mathematics teaching.
Pam asked her students to identify a practice that Yvonne used and try it out for themselves. They had to document their attempts via video and bring them back to methods to debrief and share.
I knew this would not be possible in my first attempt so I showed one of my favorite video clips of Lilliam Paetzold teaching second grade mathematics. Lilliam poses a multidigit addition problem. Lilliam asks the students to describe what the problem is asking and pulls together the students' ideas. She asks students to solve the problem in whatever way makes sense and she elicits students multiple strategies in a whole group discussion. She does this using ELL strategies.
Our class then generated the different practices they noticed Lilliam and her students engaged in.
The students choose one to try in their student teaching.
