Session 1: Explore the Inquiry Topic & Reflect on Your Current Practice
Outside-of-class meeting | Time: 1 hour | Materials: Recent Student Journals (class set) and board photographs for several recent lessons
Journals can be a powerful place for students to build productive mathematical mindsets. For example, as students look back on the learning over time represented in their journals, they can see that their careful effort has built their mathematical knowledge. They can build interest in mathematics as they learn from classmates’ ideas and notice unexpected strategies from classmates. They can build agency as they see how their own thinking is used and referenced by classmates. Students realize that they now understand ideas that they initially did not understand, sparking their willingness to persevere when they hit a puzzling idea in the future. Likewise, they notice that problems can be solved in many different ways, sparking curiosity about whether there are even more solution methods.