Planning for effective teaching
Planning for effective teaching and learning involves designing a flexible sequence of learning activities, and being clear about the concepts students will be developing in each activity to reach the desired goal of relational understanding.
Planning should involve:
- starting with familiar contexts, concrete materials and prior knowledge, and moving to generalisations and abstract ideas (and back and forth between these as needed)
- using rich mathematical and statistical tasks
responding to student diversity and prior knowledge
- using a variety of effective teaching strategies
- making transitions between increasingly abstract representations
- giving students opportunities to confront their misconceptions
- selecting activities that prompt students to link verbal thinking and visual imaging to the concepts being learned
- scaffolding students’ reasoning
- using learning materials to focus student attention on key concepts.
Last updated August 20, 2015