Professional Plan

__Explanation of Big Ideas__

When instruction is focused on the Big Ideas, teachers are providing students with the ability to make connections between topics and learn math as a whole, rather than different strands that are unrelated.

Focusing on the Big Ideas also ensures that the teacher is following the curriculum.

Big Ideas in Number Sense and Numeration are:

· Quantity

· Operational Sense

· Relationships

· Representation

· Proportional Reasoning

It is important to focus units of study in the big ideas and the important skills and knowledge that are incorporated within those big ideas.

__How Big Ideas connect to Fractions__

Quantity a whole can be divided into fractional parts

Operational Sense 3+5=8 = 3/5 + 5/8 = 8/8 or 1 whole

Relationships between parts and the whole

Representation orally, visually, symbolically

Proportional Reasoning generate new quantities

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Big ideas are parts of a whole; you have to put them all together.

__Principles for Instruction__

- Problem solving activities structured around a problem or question. Students make connections between prior knowledge and new concepts.

- Reasoning and Proving students explore new concepts, develop ideas, and justify their results.

- Reflecting Students discuss, reflect and evaluate their problem solving strategies.

- Selecting tools and computational strategies Students use manipulatives to represent mathematical problems and help solve them.

- Connecting Students are able to connect to prior knowledge and concepts that they already understand.
- Representing Student use concrete materials to represent mathematical problems.

- Communicating Students discuss their math and the strategies/concepts they are using. This helps students to organize their thinking.

__EWorkshop Website__

- Great site for teachers new to teaching math and/or Junior students.

Highlights:

- Demo class/lesson videos very helpful if you are looking for another way to explain or teach a concept.
- Printable documents worksheets, curriculum documents, lessons, templates, activites (Who doesnt love free resources!)

There are four sections to each module that are very helpful:

1. Overview of the strand (ex. Fractions)

2. Tell Me Looks at concepts taught to students in the Junior grades. It describes effective lessons that help student understand important ideas/concepts.

3. Show Me Demo class videos that support the strategies mentioned in the Tell Me section.

4. Let Me Try Gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned.