I have been working through the lessons for one of my new preps next year. I am working day by day through each activity/assignment – as both a student and a teacher.
First I “just do” the assignment as a student would. However as I’m doing this, I’m not only doing the math, but making notes to myself regarding the wording of questions, how long each problem takes, what is needed to do the homework (graph paper, calculator, … ), and misconceptions students may have.
Next I’m switching into teacher mode. I’m asking myself questions about goals:
- What is the mathematical goal of the lesson? What idea/concept/skill is this addressing? At what level… exposure, mastery, or extension?
- Is it a worthwhile goal?
- Is this the best way to meet the goal?
- How does each activity contribute to the overall goals of the unit?
- Will supplemental activities be needed? (I have a hard time with this one – how am I supposed to know now, what my future students will need?)
- What is the process goal? How will the students develop the mathematical goal?
- How will I know if the goal is met?
- What will I do if it isn’t?
I’m open to suggestions, thoughts, ideas, … is there anything I’m missing? A better way to do this?
So far I’ve worked through one of the five units. I’ll be posting my reflections on the first unit soon.