Exploring the Activity of Learning
A Mathematics Teachers Research Project
In 2018, we will continue and deepen this action research initiative. We have a new list of theorems, “The Ten Theorems Take Two”, and more specific questions to take with you on the journey into the classroom. This year, we invite you to bring a problem or theorem to students in at least two different grades, ranging from grade 6 to grade 12.
· How do students approach mathematical questions?
· Does the nature of exploratory activity change as the child matures?
· Can we characterize different ways of thinking?
As the teacher/investigator we ask you to facilitate classroom conversation, to carefully observe the variety of approaches, to encourage and coax out work from quieter students and “different learners”, and then to write a description of the “ways of thinking” that were in evidence. Through these teacher observations from two or more classrooms, involving different age students, we hope to gain insights into how thinking develops.
Once again, we encourage you to write up your experiences and present them at our meeting in November 2018. Again, researchers will attend the colloquium free of charge.