Is the Course for Individuals or Teams?
This course can be completed individually or as a team. Throughout the course, you will need a classroom where you can try out what you learn and study the resulting student journals. We strongly recommend, whether you are working individually or as a team, that you keep notes that capture your insights, questions, and reflections as you take the course. Maybe you will want to use in your own notes some of the nifty strategies you will be encouraging students to use–such as using thought bubbles to reflect “aha’s” or circling and explaining changes in thinking, rather than erasing.
For those working as a team: Working as a team, or as a whole school, can be very powerful, since you can help students build habits of reflection that will benefit them for many years. (Contact us if you want to connect with schools using reflective mathematics journals school-wide.) Before you begin, we encourage you to agree on norms and logistics for working together (see links to our Conduct a Cycle resources below). As you proceed through the course, we encourage you to adopt a “Reflect, then Discuss” approach–to take a few moment to reflect individually on your own ideas, observations and experiences before sharing and discussing with the group. In general, providing time for individual reflection before group discussion supports deeper discussions.