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Title: Students, Families, and Teachers: A Collaborative Approach to Increasing Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Reasoning Abilities


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Students, Families, and Teachers A Collaborative
Approach to Increasing Critical Thinking, Problem
Solving, and Reasoning Abilities
  • Lyndall Muschell in collaboration with Amy
    Thompson, Marci McKeever, Jody Faulkner, and
    Valerie Greer

2
Overall Goals
  • To improve students abilities to approach and
    solve mathematical problems which require higher
    level thinking skills.
  • To increase the students awareness of
    mathematical connections to other content areas
    as well as the connections to the world around
    them.

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  • To empower families to assist in their childrens
    success in mathematics by increasing their
    knowledge of strategies that focus on critical
    thinking, problem solving, and reasoning.
  • To provide classroom teachers with the knowledge
    of a range of strategies which improve critical
    thinking, problem solving, and reasoning.
  • To develop a professional learning community
    among first grade teachers as they work to
    improve teaching and learning for their students.

4
Project Activities
  • Professional Development
  • Parent Workshops
  • Regular Meetings
  • Securing Resource Materials

5
Initial Professional Development Day
  • August 12, 2010 Playing to Learn Using Games
    to Enhance Problem Solving, Critical Thinking,
    and Reasoning Skills
  • Compiling materials for Tool Boxes
  • Planning parent workshop

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Tool Boxes
  • Cardboard Clocks
  • Number Lines
  • Two Sided Counters
  • 1, 5, 10, 20 Bills
  • 100s Chart
  • List of Key Terms
  • Etc.

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Mathstories.com Site License
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Parent Workshops
  • September 10, 2009 -- Tool Box Delivery
  • Option of two times for parents to attend
  • Reviewed Tool Box materials
  • Introduced language of GPS
  • Stressed the idea or tools not toys
  • Connected Tool Box to homework
  • February 4, 2010 Tool Box follow up
  • Focused on use of Mathstories.com

9
Great Explorations in Math and Science Bubble
Festival
  • February 9 and 16, 2010 6 hour training
  • Goal Introduce/reinforce the inquiry process
    through active exploration
  • Insights initial reluctance need for basic
    science content knowledge participation
    increased interest/excitement

10
Dissecting Owl Pellets
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Student Responses to Dissecting Owl Pellets
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More Students Responses
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Next Steps
  • Comparing benchmark scores last years to this
  • Conduct parent surveys
  • Schedule and conduct focus groups with small
    groups of teachers to determine perceived
    successes
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