Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1: The Many Faces of Learning

Reflect on your own personal beliefs about learning, and discover why it is important for teachers to examine and reexamine the learning process.

Workshop 2: Intellectual Development

Share ways to elicit, accept, and build on students' ideas, and discover the connection between student ideas and intellectual development.

Workshop 3: Conceptual Thinking

Consider how students learn by assimilating new concepts into their already existing frameworks.

Workshop 4: Inquiry

Explore why inquiry learning is essential in mathematics and science, and develop several strategies for inquiry-based teaching.

Workshop 5: Idea-Making

Investigate how facilitating the construction of students' own mathematical ideas has a positive effect on learning.

Workshop 6: The Mind's Intelligences

Review Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and learn how to create learning environments that support the full spectrum of students' intelligences and abilities.

Workshop 7: Design, Construction, and Technology

Examine the effect of technology on learning when students design and develop tools to support their own inquiries.

Workshop 8: Intellectual Development

Analyze differences in curricula, textbooks, and teaching practices around the world, and discuss how these differences affect student learning in mathematics and science.


Video Clip Descriptions


In the Dark Richard and Karen, grade 8, discuss their ideas of light and vision

Looking at Learning . . . Again Guest educators explain why it is important to continually examine learning.


Batteries and Bulbs Kris Newton's 9th grade class at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (Cambridge, MA) begins a unit on batteries and bulbs.

Tea for 40 (T-440) A group of teachers who have worked with Eleanor Duckworth for more than 15 years meets once a month to share activities and discuss their own learning.

Mission Hill School (Boston, MA) Eleanor Duckworth conducts a workshop in which teachers, parents, and staff examine their own understandings about a particular phenomenon.


Rocks and Minerals Tom Vaughn's 9th grade earth science class at Arlington High School (Arlington, MA) makes concept maps on atomic structure as they begin a unit on rocks and minerals.

Plane Geometry Colleen Schultz's 8th grade algebra class at the Vestal Middle School (Vestal, NY) makes concept maps to review a unit on plane geometry before a test.


Wetlands Erien Gordon's 5th grade class in Methuen, MA, observes the wetlands behind their school in order to come up with questions for an investigation.

Pendulums Margarita Manso-Rosa's students in a 5-8th grade bilingual (Spanish) class in Cambridge, MA, share their results of a pendulum investigation and ask each other questions about what they've learned.

Paper Trusses Nancy Cianchetta's 8th grade students in Everett, MA move from disinterest to involvement when they are presented with a paper truss challenge.


Mental Addition Meredith Livings's 2nd grade class at the South Shades Crest School (Hoover, AL) engages in "mind mathematics" as the students solve double digit addition problems in their heads.

Mental Multiplication Sherry Parrish's 4th grade students at the South Shades Crest School describe and defend their strategies for solving double digit multiplication problems in their heads.


Ross School (E. Hampton, NY) See a number of multiple intelligence strategies in practice:

  • Nichelle Wilson's 6th grade art class--"The Golden Mean"
  • Rick Faloon's 10th grade math class--Probability
  • Debra McCall's 7th grade history class--Roman architecture
  • David Purvis's 5th grade science class--Stars, Sun, and constellations


Girl Scouts Clubhouse At a computer clubhouse run by the Patriot Trail Girl Scouts (Boston, MA), girls ages 8 to 11 design projects on the computer, under the guidance of teenage mentors.

Robots In Ronnie Ranere's K-1 class at the Bronx New School (Bronx, NY), students use robots to figure out distance on number lines.

Crickets In Mark Hardy's 4th and 5th-grade class at the Bronx New School, students use "crickets" to collect temperature data before and after a walk.


Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) A high school math class in Japan works on a challenging geometry problem.

Round Table A group of teachers, administrators, and parents discuss how the TIMSS results reflect cultural and societal values and share their own ideas about what we, as a society, can do to improve our education system for our children.

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