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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The instructor allows for an appropriate amount of participant dialogue and reflection time while including all important ideas and understandings planned for each day of the course without being derailed by minor components and ancillary conversations.

Method Components

The intention of this competency is to examine the degree to which the instructor ensures that the major components of Math 20/20 are covered in a timely manner throughout the day and that minor components and ancillary conversations do not interfere with coverage of the content.

Components for Demonstrating Competency in Pacing

  1. Focuses on the day’s learning goals to guide the timeline
    • Uses the big ideas, objectives, instructor notes, and knowledge of participants to proactively determine a timeline.
    • Majors on the majors and minors on the minors – Doesn’t spend too much time on setup activities such as anticipatory sets, opening discussions, “problem of the day,” warm-up activities, transition activities, check for understanding structures, etc.
  1. Balances between participant interactions and reflections and content delivery
    • Begins with questions that assess prior knowledge
    • Adjusts times for components based upon time spent on participant dialogue and reflection in previous components
  1. Generates a flow that facilitates coverage of components
    • Compensates when one component takes more time than anticipated; knows where to trim another component
    • Builds and maintains momentum toward the session’s learning goals
    • Maintains an animated pace while attending to the time allotted for each component
    • Remains mindful of trajectories that evolve over multiple days (e.g., task-based learning, instructional shifts, split domains, etc.)

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Loucks-Horsley, S., Stiles, K. C., Mundry, S., Love, N., & Hewson, P. W. (2010). Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

The items in this following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for each question in Parts 1 and 3, and a “Yes” for each component in Part 2.

Part 1. Overview Questions

(300-word limit for each response)

Part A

  • What grade level and mathematics domain did you cover today?
  • How did you use the big ideas, objectives, instructor notes, and knowledge of participants to determine a timeline ahead of time?
  • What pacing issues did you anticipate ahead of time, and how did you prevent them from interfering with focusing on the major ideas of the day?

Part 2. Work Examples/Artifacts

Instructor must submit their pacing log with the anticipated time, along with the actual time. The rubric in this section will probably focus on how closely aligned they are, and if not, will rely on a well-written reflection to justify any deviation/adjustment.

Part B
To view the rubric associated with this part, please download the requirements doc at the bottom of the page.

Part 3. Educator Reflection

(300-word limit for each response)

Part C.

  • How do your planned timeline and actual timeline compare?
  • How did you adjust your timeline throughout the day? How did you decide where to slow down and where to speed up? How did your decisions help you maintain momentum toward the session’s learning goals?
  • How did you maintain an animated pace while attending to the time allotted for each component?
  • Did you have to leave out any main ideas or components? How did you/will you compensate to fit them in?

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Requirements for Pacing
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