Teacher education content methods laboratory classes

These online courses are designed to introduce educators to The 2022 Content Methods Laboratory Classes will be held May 2–6 (mathematics) and May 9–13 (English language arts) in Ann Arbor, MI. The deadline to register is Friday, April 22, 2022, at  4:00 p.m. EDT. Click below to register now.

A closer look at teacher education practice

For teacher educators interested in using practice-based approaches to help teacher candidates skillfully and equitably implement high leverage practices, these multi-day events are opportunities to put methods courses under a microscope while honing specific skills with practice-based teacher education.  

Join teacher educators from around the country to observe and discuss five days of methods instruction in K-12 math and secondary English language arts. At our 2022 content methods laboratory classes, participants will observe a three-hour methods course taught daily to teacher candidates from multiple community colleges and universities across southeastern Michigan, and participate in pre- and post-class discussions. 
Participants are also invited to attend an optional workshop that accompanies each course, Practice-Based Instructional Design for the Methods Course.

Observe expert instruction

Observe expert instruction

Observers have the rare chance to watch world-class instruction unfold with teacher candidates in real-time, as the instructors lead lessons and respond and adapt in the moment to their students. TeachingWorks instructors teach a three-hour daily methods course to teacher candidates while you observe and discuss the class.

Engage with public teacher education

Engage with public teacher education

Along the way, instructors will demonstrate use sequencing lessons with teacher candidates regularly engage participants in instructional deliberations. Participants start each day with the instructional team in a “pre-brief” session before the class, in which they examine, discuss, and refine the day’s lesson plans and strategies for the instruction. After observing the instruction in the classroom or remote viewing rooms, participants reconvene afterward for a debrief and to review teacher candidate work. You’ll unpack decisions about what teaching practices, content topics, and equity issues to address, what pedagogies to use, and how to assess candidates’ learning.

Hone your skills in a collaborative environment

Hone your skills in a collaborative environment

We welcome participating teacher educators to join the optional workshop that accompanies each class. The workshop for 2022 is titled Practice-Based Instructional Design for the Methods Course and will be offered in two sessions to accompany each laboratory class. The workshop will offer strategies for streamlining methods course content to focus more directly on practice, choosing focal high-leverage practices and high-leverage content topics, and grounding candidates’ learning in K-12 curriculum materials.

Who should attend?

Anyone who teaches teachers is welcome to join the workshop, though it will be most applicable to methods course instructors or the equivalent.

Location, participation, and logistics

Both the English language arts and mathematics methods laboratory classes and the accompanying workshop will take place on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, MI. The exact building and room numbers will be provided closer to the date of the event. 

Participants are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel, accommodations, and meals.

Fees and registration

Thie fee for the 2022 content methods laboratory classes is $500 per person or $650 with the optional workshop and covers all materials. The deadline to register is Friday, April 22, 2022, at  4:00 p.m. EDT. Click below to register now.

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COVID-19 precautions

Your health and safety are important to us. Currently, TeachingWorks requires that all event attendees be fully vaccinated, including all doses in a series, with an authorized vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, or Moderna) or take a PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the event and provide proof of negative result when checking in. Expectations for wearing masks will be compliant with current public health guidance and University of Michigan campus policies. 

For more information about travel and booking instructions, and our COVID-19 protocols please visit the event FAQ.

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California State University Content Methods Laboratory Class

As a part of our California State University Methods Course Fellowship, members of the TeachingWorks team taught a three-day mathematics methods course to teacher candidates enrolled in the California State University system. Learn more about this content methods laboratory class, and what it aims to unearth about the work of preparing teachers to disrupt injustice through teaching.

TeachingWorks California State University Methods Course Fellowship

The California State University Methods Course Fellowship is a partnership between TeachingWorks and the CSU system to support the development of practice-based approaches in elementary mathematics and English language arts (ELA) methods courses on eight CSU campuses.

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