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2.5: Scientific Teaching in Action

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    Workshop Overview

    The Scientific Teaching workshop will focus on the use of key elements of scientific teaching (active learning, assessment, and diversity) in conjunction with deliberate practice to understand and identify how language contributes to the complexities of counting in early numeracy .  This workshop also demonstrates how to integrate the teaching of subject content with the development of student skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    Participants will be able to:

    • engage with elements of scientific teaching and deliberate practice to identify and analyze language that contributes to the complexities of teaching children to count

    Key Terms

    • Active Learning
    • Deliberate practice
    • Evidence-based teaching
    • Backward design
    • Alignment between formative and summative assessment

    Active Learning/Formative Assessment Strategies

    • Pair share
    • Small group discussion
    • Polling
    • Hands-on manipulatives
    • Choral response
    • Independent self-check
    • Small group discussion/breakout rooms



    Deliberate practice posits that to develop expertise or mastery over a subject or skill, for example, it is necessary to spend sufficient time engaged in intentional effort that specifically relates to achievement of that mastery.  This perfectly complements Backward Design in that it calls for practice that aligns with intended outcomes. For example, if you intend for students to leave your class proficient with a specific skill, then students have to spend sufficient time practicing that skill.  While sitting in class listening to the instructor tell you about mathematical language barriers may take some effort to follow along, the effort is not aligned with the desired outcome of students learning to identify and analyze for themselves the mathematical language that can influence young children’s success with counting. This type of misalignment between desired learning outcomes and class activities is common in passive lecture classes. 


    Pre-Workshop To Do:

    1.  Please watch this video on the Science of Teaching here






    Session Slides

    The slide deck from today's session is available here.  There are notes at the bottom of each slide deck that have more information in them, including additional literature that may be of interest.

    MoSI participants should feel free to use any of this material with appropriate attribution.



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