Strengths-Based Teaching and Learning in Mathematics:
Five Teaching Turnarounds
An Interactive, Applicable, Online Book Study
All educators and students bring a variety of strengths to the mathematics classroom. In an environment hyper-focused on “what’s missing”, we may overlook opportunities to recognize the strengths that are right in front of us. Often these strengths are obvious, but sometimes they must be pinpointed by a skilled observer.
Through this guided book study, you will discover your own teaching strengths and explore ways to identify the learning strengths of your students as you engage in a wide array of actionable classroom strategies. These instructional tools will help you harness your own teaching superpowers and celebrate the brilliance within each and every student!
AUDIENCE: Teachers, Instructional Specialists, Administrators
The content examples within the text come from K-6 mathematics, however, the ideas presented are relevant to all grades.
The book study is paced so that you can have the time to engage in discussions and activities that allow you to reflect on your current practices and classroom environments. Through these activities you will:
- Define your own teaching strengths
- Discover and leverage the mathematical strengths of students
- Design instruction from a strengths-based approach
- Help students to recognize their own strengths
- Promote strengths-based thinking within your school community
Guided reading assignments and discussions will allow participants to reflect on the big ideas presented by the authors, develop actionable steps, prepare to implement their plans in their school environment, and receive feedback on their learning and implementation.
Live Discussion sessions will be hosted via Zoom video conferencing throughout the course. There are four discussions required for completion of the course. All discussion sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (central).
Required Discussion Sessions
June 1, 2021 at 1:00 pm (central)
Live Kickoff Event
June 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm (central)
Live Discussion Session around Teaching Turnarounds 1 & 2
June 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm (central)
Live Discussion Session around Teaching Turnaround 3
June 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm (central)
Live Discussion Session around Teaching Turnarounds 4 & 5
Registration Deadline May 17, 2021