Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Part C

Defining Connections
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We have reflected on examples of connections within mathematics and to other subjects. Let's now take a look at the teacher's role in fostering learning through connections.

The teacher's personal knowledge of relationships between mathematical ideas is a critical element in being able to select and design tasks and examples that facilitate students' learning through connections. It is also important to have a strong awareness of the scope and sequence of the curriculum across grades and areas of mathematics so that links can be made to prior experiences, and foundations can be built for future work. Students should also be encouraged to regularly bring up examples from prior years, from other classes, and from the news media. Examples from history, as noted in the video excerpt at left, are useful as well.

The specific requirements of assignments, the questions asked, and the conversations encouraged in class all help communicate the value of connections. When instruction is presented with the expectation that connections will be encountered and valued, students are likely to increase their focus on relationships and commonalities between mathematical ideas, models, and strategies and to see the utility of mathematics.

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