Apr
3
2016

Implications for Grade Level Expectations

 

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What is PDOYP?

PD On Your Plan is a simple concept focused on providing exceptional learning experiences for every Oklahoma teacher in a format that allows for engagement within a professional learning community or individually. We call it PD On Your Plan because we recognize all the amazing work teachers do day in and day out, fitting bathroom breaks into 5-minute passing periods while simultaneously monitoring hallways! But, even when we are maxed out, sometimes we need to push ourselves to think deeply about our practice. PD On Your Plan provides short investigations that give you that option during your plan period, lunch, or before you make your way home [to grade and plan].

If you are a team leader, department chair, assistant principal, or the default lead teacher for your mathematics team, we hope you find these short courses useful in your planning for meaningful conversations. A lot falls on the shoulders of leaders of math teachers and we want to help. As Steve Leinwand has said,

People won’t do what they can’t envision,
People can’t do what they don’t understand,
People can’t do well what isn’t practiced,
But practice without feedback results in little change, and
Work without collaboration is not sustaining.

Our First Short Course

Thinking about where teachers are and about the current politics of mathematics education, we wanted to design a first short course that would help introduce teachers to the new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Mathematics while also supporting teachers to cast a vision for their classroom. We know that the first questions we are getting about the standards is, “what changed at my grade level?” With that in mind, we are happy to present our short course, Implications for Grade Level Expectations.

In this course, teachers will cast a vision for their classroom, explore the structure and contents of the new standards, and develop plans for taking first steps in their work to implement the new standards with fidelity. Through the four modules, teachers will also gain access to the new Crosswalks developed by the Central and Northeastern Mathematics Consortia and Think Through Math, Inc.

Implementing This Short Course

Each of the four modules available in this short course are designed to last approximately 20 minutes, with a goal of being able to complete the entire course in under 90 minutes if done consecutively. Of course, many variables exist that could impact the actual length of each module. If you are finding that a certain module is significantly shorter or longer than this goal, please let us know in the comments.

For each module, you will be able to access any required materials or media digitally. We are also working to provide a presentation that you can download and edit as you see fit.

Feedback

As this is a learning process for all of us, we are very open to input and constructive feedback. Once you complete a module or short course, please consider reviewing using our OKMath PDOYP Feedback survey.

Without Further Ado

Module 1: Casting a Vision for All Students
Module 2: Investigating the New OAS-M
Module 3: Instructional and Learning Shifts (coming soon)
Module 4: Implications and Priorities (coming soon)

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About the Author: Levi Patrick

I serve as the Director of Secondary Mathematics for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This is my eleventh year in education and I am so happy to be surrounded by OKMath teachers who are so passionate, creative, and determined to do great things for mathematics education in Oklahoma.

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