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These interactive learning opportunities allow educators to closely study the work of teaching while developing specific professional skills. The 2022 Elementary Mathematics laboratory will be held July 25-29 in Ann Arbor, MI. Additional details and registration information is coming soon.
The centerpiece of the laboratory classes are live classes of students taught publically by experienced teachers who are members of the TeachingWorks team. This unique structure makes it possible for participants to watch teaching and learning unfold in real time, and to engage directly in the close study of teaching practice that delves deeply into content and disrupts injustice. This program is designed for educators interested in exploring and developing elementary mathematics teaching that disrupts injustice.
Our K-12 laboratory classes typically feature TeachingWorks team members teaching mathematics or English language arts to h children enrolled in local K-12 schools. This public teaching makes it possible for participants to observe and closely study teaching and teacher education practice.
Observers have the rare chance to watch high-quality instruction unfold with children in real-time, as the instructors lead lessons and respond and adapt in the moment to their students.
Public teaching is at the heart of our laboratory classes. 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. Attendees then observe the instruction in the classroom or remote viewing rooms and reconvene afterward for a debrief and to review student work.
In addition to observing and engaging with public teaching, participants of the laboratory classes also select from a slate of workshops that support and extend the learning of equitable teaching practices. Some focus on the complexities of teaching and learning, while others center on the practices of teacher education, professional development, and school leadership that support teachers’ development.
Hear from participants—both elementary students and educators—about their experiences in the elementary mathematics laboratory.
U-M Mathlab provides unique opportunity for students and teachers.
This video produced by University of Michigan News Service highlights how the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory gives educators and students a unique opportunity to learn new skills about learning and teaching mathematics.
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