The educator studies the use of models and modeling in the classroom, engages in a detailed analysis of the standards related to such, including the analysis of classroom tasks that address the standard, and devises a set of criteria for measuring student progress on the standards in that category appropriate to their grade level.
Prior to the advent of recent standards documents (e.g., CCSSM) and detailed reports (e.g., GAIMME), modeling in the context of teaching mathematics has had a wide array of meanings. In particular, the constructs of modeling with mathematics and mathematical modeling have been used fairly interchangeably by some, leading to confusion among teachers about what components are necessary to meet modeling standards and how to design a modeling standard. This micro-credential is designed to untangle the modeling confusion and discuss the important components of a modeling lesson as reflected in current research and policy. You will engage in readings about mathematics and modeling using the resources noted above to deepen your knowledge of modeling, then plan, implement, and study a lesson related to that content with your students.
The ideas in this micro-credential are specifically designed for the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics. Similar distinctions exist in science; the Models and Modeling (Science) micro-credential contains those resources.
Modeling in the Context of Mathematics
Considering the general concept of modeling
Examples of successful modeling: The Cruise Ship Task
Modeling in Mathematics
Enact a three-act task/101qs task together and discuss how it connects to the characteristics.
Discuss mathematics teaching practices that support modeling.
Connecting modeling across mathematics and science
Mixed Small Groups – Math and Science
To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Part 1 and 3 and a “Yes” for the artifacts submitted for Part 2.
Please provide responses from the following session questions:
To earn this micro-credential, please attach your lesson plan which includes all of the following:
Reflect on the effectiveness of the lesson from your perspective as a teacher.
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