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July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM

5-minute recap: Video chat on what’s working in math education

Last Thursday, the Education Lab team hosted a Google+ Hangout about elementary math education and the successful strategies used at Lakeridge Elementary in the Renton School District. The discussion stemmed from our July 15 story about how the school’s use of cognitively guided instruction and ongoing teacher training has led to a turnaround in student math scores.

Miss the live video chat? The five-minute recap below shows some of the highlights. What you’ll see:

  • Hector Mendez, a National Board certified elementary school teacher and math specialist in the Yakima School District, explaining why asking students to carefully reason through math problems calls for teachers to think differently about concepts they learned long ago.
  • Longtime Lakeridge teacher Lynn Simpson acknowledging some parents’ frustrations with the new instructional strategies and suggesting schools invite parents in to observe what goes on in the classroom.
  • UW researcher Elham Kazemi talking about when it’s a good time for teachers to talk through math concepts — and when it isn’t.
  • Simpson sharing how she’s observed an increase in student confidence since Lakeridge started using cognitively guided instruction.

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Want to hear more of the discussion? Go here for a full replay.

Comments | More in Math and science, Video, Your voices | Topics: Google Hangout, instruction, Lakeridge

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