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Part E

Evaluating Connections
  Make a Lesson Plan | Summing Up the Session | Final Journal


Gather your entries from Journals 1-4 and reread them, editing your original comments as needed. Highlight the questions that were most provocative or productive for you in thinking about representation. Would you like to add to what you have written? If so, go for it.

Here are some questions for your final journal.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • You have now studied all five Process Standards: Communication, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Representation, and Connections. How are these Standards connected? Why are connections an important element of effective problem solving and mathematics learning?
  • Small changes can make big differences. What one change in your classroom could you make to improve your students' ability to see mathematical connections? Could you make that change the next time you walk into your classroom, say, tomorrow? Why or why not?
  • How can you remain mindful of connections as you plan lessons and select problems? What specific techniques might work for you and your students?
  • Imagine that a video team was to arrive tomorrow to film your class as a study of connections in action. What would the video show? What would you be proud of? What might you want to change?
  • In terms of connections, as a teacher, where would you like to be a year from now? How might you get there? How will you know when you're there?
Three ways to write and reflect:
  • Use pen and paper.
  • Use a word processor.
  • Use the form below.
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.


Your work will be displayed in a printer-friendly format to enable you to print.

As a final self-evaluation, you may now review the pretest that you completed at the end of Session 1, the introductory session.

Congratulations -- you've now completed the session, as well as the entire Teaching Math, 9-12, course!

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