1. Daniel Chazan
  2. Professor; Principal Investigator LessonSketch Project
  3. LessonSketch Math Teacher Educator Modules
  4. http://www.lessonsketch.org
  5. University of Maryland
  1. Eileen Drusjack
  2. LessonSketch Project Coordinator
  3. LessonSketch Math Teacher Educator Modules
  4. http://www.lessonsketch.org
  5. University of Maryland
  1. Elizabeth Fleming
  2. PhD Candidate
  3. LessonSketch Math Teacher Educator Modules
  4. http://www.lessonsketch.org
  5. University of Maryland
  1. Rob Wieman
  2. Assistant Professor; Subject Matter Education, Mathematics
  3. LessonSketch Math Teacher Educator Modules
  4. http://www.lessonsketch.org
  5. Rowan University
Public Discussion
  • Icon for: Gerald Kulm

    Gerald Kulm

    Senior Professor
    May 11, 2015 | 02:14 p.m.

    What kinds of evidence do you have that these practice lessons carry over to an actual lesson? I like the chance to offer options for selection. Our Second Life approach to simulating classrooms would benefit from this type of guided practice.

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    Rob Wieman

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 10:04 a.m.

    Gerald, we do have evidence that, in the context of this specific activity, teacher candidates begin to identify and choose a greater variety of options when it comes to diagnosing responses and choosing how to react as teachers. When my teacher candidates observed someone else teach this lesson, they were much more able than previous cohorts to give nuanced interpretations of student responses. When they planned and taught the lesson themselves, again, they had more success than previous cohorts in anticipating student responses and planing a variety of teacher moves in reaction to student responses. As with much research of this type, it is difficult to establish clear cause-effect links, but we are pleased with the results we are getting. When we asked students, they ascribed some of their learning to the LessonSketch activity.

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    Tammy Pirmann

    Facilitator
    May 11, 2015 | 03:03 p.m.

    This seems like it would be an excellent tool to use in any methods course for teachers! Do you foresee it being adopted by schools of education for teacher prep?

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    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 11, 2015 | 03:59 p.m.

    Tammy, is your question regarding a school of education recommending or encouraging teacher educators to use LessonSketch?

    Currently our Math Teacher Educators are choosing to use the platform as a way to bring authentic representations into their coursework.

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    Tammy Pirmann

    Facilitator
    May 12, 2015 | 08:28 a.m.

    Yes, I think this looks like a tool that would be useful for any teacher prep program.

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    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 15, 2015 | 11:56 a.m.

    Long term we hope that many others will find this tool useful.

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    Rosi Andrade

    Associate Research Professor
    May 11, 2015 | 07:30 p.m.

    I noticed one student on the lower right hand said, “que es eso.” Does the LessonSketch also address second language learners and integrating approaches to mathematics learning?

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    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 01:59 p.m.

    Since teacher educators can create their own depictions, the text and focus can be made specific to the need. A couple LessonSketch Fellows are developing modules that involve language in math teacher education. Dr. Woong Lim has used his module in South Korea as well as in the U.S.

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    Rob Wieman

    Co-Presenter
    May 14, 2015 | 10:45 p.m.

    When I create depictions, I can type in whatever words I want for thought bubbles or speech bubbles, as well as create student work in whatever language I like. So one can use other languages, and create depictions in which students are speaking a variety of languages, or moving back and forth.

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    Beth Sanzenbacher

    Facilitator
    May 12, 2015 | 02:07 a.m.

    A great project to support novice teachers face the realities of their curriculum and the classroom! I am wondering about the online videos. Are these snapshots of real classrooms working on the same problem? It is important for teachers to see the real productive chaos of a math classroom. Are there more than one classroom example for each problem? Could a variety of schools be showcased so teachers can see how widely classrooms can differ? Also, is this variety embedded into the the sim itself?

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    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 02:27 p.m.

    We are still in the development phase of the Module materials. The things you mentioned can be created using functionalities of the LessonSketch platform. At the end of this project, the Modules will become publicly available to use as is or to modify to meet the needs of other Math Teacher Educators.

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    Elizabeth Fleming

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 06:04 p.m.

    To add to Eileen’s comments, any online videos from YouTube can be embedded when designing an experience in LessonSketch. There is also a collection of animations that have been created as part of another NSF grant that are located on the LessonSketch site and can be embedded in experiences also. Several of the fellows have been experimenting with incorporating different uses of YouTube videos and animations into their modules.

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    Amie Patchen

    Facilitator
    May 12, 2015 | 09:10 a.m.

    This looks like a really useful tool for novice teachers. What are your plans for scaling out the project? I’m especially interested in the comment in the video that novice teachers get to practice lessons they will later actually teach— do you envision having all the modules created by your project team or will the platform support teacher educators creating lessons and student responses that they can tailor to their specific context?

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    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 02:30 p.m.

    This research project is creating modules that will be disseminated to interested educators, but the LessonSketch platform itself will still be available for Advanced Users to create their own experiences.

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    David Carraher

    Senior Scientist
    May 14, 2015 | 09:59 a.m.

    Hi Dan,
    Your project looks very interesting. I am curious, among other things, about how you were able to try out Lesson Sketch in various sites around the country.

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    Rob Wieman

    Co-Presenter
    May 14, 2015 | 10:49 p.m.

    I have simply shared the depictions and experiences I created with colleagues who then tried them out. I can simply give them a code that they give to their students and they have access to the activity. I can then even share the data from the activity with my colleague (i.e. a spreadsheet with all the student answers). Some colleagues are already skilled in creating their own materials in LessonSketch. If that is the case I can share things with them that they can adapt or use in their own activities. (similar to sharing a storyboard template that they can then fill up with their own dialog, or different math problem, etc.)

  • Icon for: Eileen Drusjack

    Eileen Drusjack

    Co-Presenter
    May 15, 2015 | 09:32 a.m.

    David, More generally, we recruited fellows who are faculty at their universities and who are now recruiting around them inquiry groups.

  • May 15, 2015 | 11:22 p.m.

    Nice work! I’m wondering whether you see the LessonSketch lessons helping teachers more with the specific pedagogical content knowledge around student difficulties with particular content, or more generally with facilitation moves that are broadly useful in mathematical instruction, or both?
    Also, I think it would be great to try building a LessonSketch around a sim-based classroom activity – to see how that might better prepare teachers to teach with PhET sims.

  • Further posting is closed as the showcase has ended.