SPRING 2021 LESSON STUDY

Using Complex Instruction to improve the development of students' metacognitive and self-reflective capacities

RESEARCH QUESTION

Students will apply prior understanding of the slope-intercept form to represent and interpret a complex instruction graphing performance task. Students will be able to interpret a scenario and provide an accurate linear equation and represent it graphically. Then they will answer the following: 


  • What does the slope mean in this scenario?

  • What does the y-intercept mean in this scenario?

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THEORY OF ACTION

If we employ collaborative and reflective assessments while students are making sense of linear equations then students will improve the development of their metacognitive and self-reflective capacities as evidenced by students feeling more open to sharing their thinking and listening to others.

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EQUITY THEME AND RATIONALE

How can we support students in recognizing the importance of being a part of the learning process (their own and others) as more important than the right answer or their grade?


Ideas we are grappling with:

  • Getting students to value the process of learning and not the end goal of a grade or “the only right” answer.

  • How could we support students in clarifying and extending their own thinking?

  • How do we build kind, empathetic, and resilient critical thinkers who are comfortable with mathematical risk-taking?

  • How will students notice and appreciate the learning process, their own and that of others, rather than the final outcome on an assessment?

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REFLECTING ON THE LESSON STUDY PROCESS

I want to incorporate more Complex Instruction techniques by building in more group work and discussion time. This has been so difficult to do through distance learning. I am looking forward to being in person next year so I can provide more opportunities for students to authentically engage with each other.

Link to more thoughts about the Lesson Study process

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