Teaching Mathematics Effectively in a Changing Environment
A professional development program for secondary math teachers and administrators.
Teaching mathematics online and doing it well requires not only best practices in online instruction but also specific instructional strategies optimized for math. In this four-session course for math teachers, participants will gain the knowledge they need to adapt their courses to be delivered online, or in a hybrid or blended environment. All sessions integrate math-specific examples, include handouts with resources and examples, and provide opportunities for discussion and active learning. Participants will develop materials for their own courses through pre- and post-session assignments, as well as forum discussions and in-class group interactions.
This introductory webinar is designed to provide administrators with the research base on the best practices of remote learning. The session will guide administrators through the development of a cohesive approach to online instruction. It outlines the advantages and drawbacks of synchronous and asynchronous models, introduces best practices for each model, and suggests institutional support considerations. The outcomes of this session will provide policies and structures for the teachers to build their courses.
Instructor Session One: Introduction to Online Instruction for Instructors
A key component of online teaching is deciding how to present content and facilitate student learning. This workshop will introduce the many options available to mathematics instructors and provide the framework and structure for an online course. The workshop will walk instructors through a course planning process, including syllabus and policy development for the online environment.
Instructor Session Two: Designing Your Online Course
This workshop introduces the advantages and drawbacks of synchronous and asynchronous online models from both teacher and student perspectives, presents a model for course development, and provides a high-level introduction to best practices in online teaching. This workshop also presents strategies for designing courses that are inclusive for students from varied backgrounds (including first-generation, lower SES, and marginalized identities) and accessible for students with disabilities. Accommodations for students who cannot attend classes are included.
Instructor Session Three: Supporting Engagement and Motivation in Online Courses
Online learning can be isolating, leading to poor student motivation and lowered learning and completion outcomes. Interaction with instructors and peers has been shown to increase student motivation, satisfaction, and learning. This workshop introduces strategies for increasing student engagement and motivation through instructor-student and student-student interaction.
Instructor Session Four: Developing Effective Assignments and Assessments
This workshop provides advice on designing or modifying assignments, including homework/practice problems and formative and summative assessment, for the online environment. The workshop will also provide practical advice on developing grading workflows in order to provide personalized, effective feedback and manage instructor workload.
Meet the Hosts
This webinar is led by an intersegmental team specializing in university and secondary mathematics, professional development, curriculum design, and e-learning.