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INTRODUCTION TO MODULE 5

The word “culture” has many meanings. For example, when Stigler and Hibert say that teaching is a cultural activity, they are claiming that it is an activity that is learned by growing up in a particular culture (Japanese, German, American) and that it is similar to other cultural events such as family dinner: we learn it from experience and habit growing up in a culture rather than by specific training alone. Such macro-cultures are generally associated with countries or regions and are difficult for any individual to change.

In this module we use the term in a more micro- sense. Culture comes from the Latin word cultura meaning cultivation. It refers to attitudes, values, goals and practices that shape what happens in your mathematics lessons. In particular, we are interested in how classroom culture can support working on mathematically challenging tasks and differentiation. Through their actions, or inactions, a teacher has a powerful role to play in shaping classroom culture. Some people might refer to it as the environment or climate in a classroom. Classroom culture “determines matters such as which students’ ideas are valued, how safe students feel about expressing opinions or discussing an idea aloud in the class, what is expected from students, how you respond to students’ mistakes, the extent to which students are expected to justify their answers or claims, and how willing students are to help and learn from one another” (Delaney, 2017, p. 30).

This module is organized into three sections. This first section is common to both primary and post-primary teachers. The next section (p. 17+ is for primary and pre-primary teachers and the third section (p. 50+) is for secondary teachers.

In this module you will encounter the following four cases or practice, each of which takes about two hours to complete. They are:

  • Planning practices to complement culture building
  • Establishing and maintaining norms of action and interaction
  • Establishing stuctures for supporting all students’ independent and collaborative activities
  • Arranging the physical environment (including resources) to support a classroom culture of differentiation and working on mathematically challenging tasks
  • For convenience the primary cases and the secondary cases are placed together in the second and third sections of the module.


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    Course Curriculum

    INTRODUCTION
    CREATING A CLASSROOM CULTURE TO FOSTER MATHEMATICAL CHALLENGE AND DIFFERENTIATION Unlimited
    CASE OF PRACTICE 1
    MT5S – CP1 – Planning Practices to Complement Culture-Building for Differentiation and Mathematical Challenge Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Opening Activity Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Activity 2 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Activity 3 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Activity 4 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Connections to (my) Practice Unlimited
    MT5S – CP1 – Closing Activity Unlimited
    CASE OF PRACTICE 2
    MT5S – CP2 – Establishing and Maintaining Norms of Action and Interaction to Promote Differentiation and Mathematical Challenge Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Opening Activity Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Activity 2 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Connections to (my) Practice Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Activity 3 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Connections to (my) Practice Unlimited
    MT5S – CP2 – Closing Activity Unlimited
    CASE OF PRACTICE 3
    MT5S – CP3 – Establishing Structures for Supporting All Students’ Independent and Collaborative Activities in Pursuit of Differentiation and Mathematically Challenging Tasks Unlimited
    MT5S – CP3 – Opening Activity Unlimited
    MT5S – CP3 – Activity 2 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP3 – Activity 3 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP3 – Connections to (my) Practice Unlimited
    MT5S – CP3 – Closing Activity Unlimited
    CASE OF PRACTICE 4
    MT5S – CP4 – Arranging the Physical Environment (Including Resources) to Support a Classroom Culture of Working on Mathematically Challenging Tasks and Differentiation Unlimited
    MT5S – CP4 – Opening Activity Unlimited
    MT5S – CP4 – Activity 2 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP4 – Activity 3 Unlimited
    MT5S – CP4 – Connections to (my) Practice Unlimited
    MT5S – CP4 – Closing Activity Unlimited
    EXTRA MATERIALS
    EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS Unlimited
    BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER Unlimited
    SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL Unlimited
    APPENDIX
    Comparing Class and Grade Levels across Countries Unlimited
    ASSESMENT QUESTIONS
    Final Assignment Questions – Module 5 Unlimited

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