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ERIC Number: EJ907317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
A Reflection Framework for Teaching Mathematics
Merritt, Eileen G.; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E.; Berry, Robert Q., III; Walkowiak, Temple A.; McCracken, Erin R.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v17 n4 p238-248 Nov 2010
Mathematics teachers confront dozens of daily decisions about how to instruct students. It is well established that high-quality instruction provides benefits for students with diverse learning and family backgrounds. However, it is often difficult for teachers to identify the critical aspects of a successful mathematics lesson as they strive to improve their practice. To address this problem, the Mathematics Scan (M-Scan), an observation tool to measure the quality of mathematics instruction, was developed. To introduce educators (including teachers, mathematics specialists, instructional coaches, and administrators) to the M-Scan framework, the authors first describe the development of the M-Scan. Next, they outline the eight dimensions of classroom instruction in the M-Scan that comprise a high-quality mathematics lesson and describe a model lesson to make the framework and its dimensions concrete. Finally, they summarize the M-Scan dimensions in a table that can be used for reflection after a lesson, making suggestions for how to integrate dimensions of the M-Scan into daily practice. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A070063