by Tom | Oct 26, 2023 | lesson design, TTP

The core of a Teaching Through Problem-solving (TTP) lesson involves presenting students with a problem that requires that they learn some new mathematics. For students to focus their energy productively, it helps them to know what that new mathematics is – at least...
by Tom | Oct 10, 2022 | classroom practice, lesson design

I had a delightful opportunity to join a planning meeting with a group of teachers from one of the schools we work with in Chicago. The team was working on a lesson for their 8-year old students about interpreting remainders in problem contexts. Here is how the...
by Tom | May 9, 2016 | lesson design

A surprisingly difficult but critically important part of designing a lesson is establishing the learning goals. Many teachers write learning goals in the form of behavioral outcomes: “Students will be able to…” Frequently this is what their administrators want, and...
by Tom | Nov 11, 2015 | lesson design, lessons, math topics

I am looking at a lesson research proposal for grade 5 on division of decimal values by a whole number. The problem the team plans to use is 4.26 ÷ 3, and their goal is for students to discover that the same processes they use to model division with whole numbers...