JSD, Fall 2004: Mathematics and science

Sep 01, 2004

Published on October 1, 2004

At issue

A world of difference: Classrooms abroad provide lessons in teaching math and science  Download Now 

An international study of mathematics and science education tells us more about what we need to know to improve math and science professional development. Students need regular opportunities to explore mathematical relationships to develop high levels of understanding in addition to developing skills. Teachers in high-achieving countries offer such opportunities significantly more than do U.S. teachers.
By James Hiebert , James W. Stigler 

A can of Coke leads to a piece of pi: A professional development exercise for educators is an adaptable math lesson for many grades  Download Now 

Teaching teachers to become observers and inquirers into mathematics will help change how they teach math to students. Essential to all professional development in mathematics is the idea that making sense of mathematics is key to learning. Just as learning to read calls for bringing meaning to the printed page, learning math calls for bringing meaning to mathematical symbols, concepts, and skills.
By Marilyn Burns 

Taking data to new depths: There’s a ton of data being collected. The trick is to know how to use it effectively  Download Now 

Educators who thoroughly investigate data, raise questions, examine student learning, test their hypotheses, and then share their findings are mirroring effective math and science instruction. Using collaborative inquiry, data teams can help improve teacher knowledge and help teachers change their practice in ways that will enhance student performance.
By Nancy Love 

Teachers become investigators of students’ ideas about math: Learning involves seeing how children think about numbers  Download Now 

When teachers learn to take time to understand how students are thinking about mathematics, they will be better able to develop students’ mathematical understanding. Teachers must become investigators — of mathematics and of student thinking — in their own classrooms. When teachers explore mathematics, analyze student thinking, and write cases from their own teaching, they will help students develop greater conceptual understanding of math.
By Deborah Schifter , Margie Riddle 

Learning to think as scientists: District program changes its focus to zero in on science inquiry for staff and students  Download Now 

A district harnesses the energy of individuals committed to change to create a new approach to science teaching and learning — one that emphasizes inquiry alongside content. Staff developers helped teachers understand how scientists think and work, using an inquiry process that teachers, in turn, now use with students.
By Jane M. Hashey , E. Jay Sarton Jr. 

Lab partners: Research university and urban district join forces to promote standards-based student learning in science  Download Now 

When a university and a major urban district pair up, teachers learn more about science content and how to develop an inquiry-based classroom. More than 8,000 Detroit, Mich., students have felt the change — and show the results in improved science test scores.
By Jon Margerum-Leys , Barry J. Fishman , Deborah Peek-Brown 

How to develop inquiring minds: District implements inquiry-based science instruction  Download Now 

A Pennsylvania district used study groups to help teachers districtwide change their science teaching to standards-based practice of inquiry. Standards-based inquiry instruction requires that teachers have a deeper content knowledge as well as understand the process of inquiry. Making those changes requires support and a collegial environment.
By Karen M. Beerer , Alec M. Bodzin 


The Code: Shift would add burden on principals  Download Now 

By Joellen Killion 

Taking Measure: 10 questions to help reshape the professional development calendar  Download Now 

By Robby Champion 

Leading Edge: Culture shift doesn’t occur overnight – or without conflict  Download Now 

By Rick DuFour 

Group Wise: Anticipate change: Design a transition meeting  Download Now 

By Robert J. Garmston 

Forum: Restructure staff meetings to serve teachers’ learning needs  Download Now 

By Panayiotis Angelides 


How to have conversations about race: An interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum  Download Now 

Giving thought to one’s racial identity is a practice that everyone should engage in — and that can help lead to deeper conversations and understanding of the impact racism has on people of color and white people, says Beverly Daniel Tatum in this interview. Schools can use carefully planned activities to work with students to address discrimination.
By Dennis Sparks 

Personal trainer or team coach? Choose the teacher leadership model that fits your goals  Download Now 

Teacher leaders can act as individual trainers or team coaches. Choose the best model for the purpose, and the job will get done. When leaders choose the correct model, set clear goals for the work, designate a specific purpose, and provide tangible support, teacher leaders’ efforts to change teacher practice are more likely to succeed.
By Kate Cress