Teacher Collaboration Notes
The ACES Project provides up to two hours a month of extra pay for ACES teachers to work on tasks related to math teaching and learning outside of the normal contract day. Teachers summarize their collaborative activities and what they believe they learned at these meetings. Summaries are posted here for ACES teachers to reference for ideas and resources.
Collaborative activities often relate to ACES activities, but they can also focus on anything that is beneficial to math teaching and learning. Following are some examples of how ACES teams have used their collaboration time:
- Continue work on the research lessons. For example, one team reported continuing to work on a pre-assessment it had developed and administered during a lesson study session. Another continued refinement of strategies to support English Learners and planned to help students learn to document their strategies for solving problems.
- Discuss student outcomes on the MARS assessments, and plan how to use these to influence instruction.
- Plan for classroom implementation of ideas learned in professional development. For example, some groups are discussing the Discussions book and one team is keeping anecdotal records of its implementation efforts.
- Plan the schedule of topics for the year.
- Research instructional strategies and discuss them.
- Discuss readings completed prior to collaboration time.
- Report on research done by individual team members and discuss.
- Discuss student learning difficulties related to specific mathematics topics.
- Plan for reuse of a research lesson. One team reported revisiting a research lesson taught last year and will adapt it for use this year.
- Separate students into heterogeneous math groups.
- Discuss various topics—“How do we want to incorporate manipulatives?” “Understand fraction fringe and its uses.”
- Make instructional materials.
- Visit the district materials center.
- Plan for improvement of SmartBoard use—more manipulatives, use of clicker.
- Report on experiences in implementing strategies, for example, student difficulties in making of fraction fringes with related recommendations.
- Do a skills trace.
- Review pacing guides, textbooks, standards, and test scores.
What your team does with the time is up you. Just be sure to have all collaboration time be face to face.
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